Hearing Aid Technology
Finding The Advanced Technology Hearing Aid That Meets Your Needs
Many of the people we work with tell us that friends, colleagues, or loved ones have never noticed that they are wearing a hearing device.
Despite what you think, hearing aids are no longer the bulky, frustrating gadgets your parent or grandparents wore.
Today’s hearing aids are lighter, smaller, and more discrete, with powerful processors capable of producing incredible hearing clarity.
Features like rechargeable batteries, user-friendly programming and adjustment, and connectivity to your smartphone, computer, and television do away with those outdated stigmas. Instead, these devices amplify your life as well as your hearing.
Get The Facts About Hearing Aids
Myth #1 - Hearing aids make everything sound too loud
Fact: Thanks to advanced sound processing and noise-reduction technology, today’s hearing aids adapt to the various environments you are in. Their advanced technology provides the best solution to match your lifestyle and address your unique type and severity of hearing loss.
Myth #2 - You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online or by mail
Fact: Finding the right solution for your specific type and severity of hearing loss requires a proper hearing evaluation to establish your unique sound thresholds. In addition, a hearing aid needs to be custom fitted and tested by a hearing care professional to be sure it’s working correctly.
Myth #3 - Hearing aids are bulky and make people feel old
Fact: Micro-digital technology has made it possible to create smaller and lighter-weight hearing devices that are nearly invisible but with ever-increasing power to improve hearing clarity. In fact, with the capability of today’s technology to fit all lifestyles, your hearing loss is apt to be more noticeable than your hearing aid!
Myth #4 - Hearing aids are too expensive
Fact: Well-fit, well-maintained devices, along with hearing care provided by a hearing care professional, seem to cost more until you compare them against the alternatives. Unaddressed hearing loss can lead to depression and anxiety, strained relationships, dementia, balance disorders, and decreased productivity. Even worse, improperly programmed PSAs or OTC hearing aids can add to the damage.
Myth #5 - Hearing aids will cure my hearing loss
Fact: Hearing aids are called “aids” because they help retrain your brain to pick up the sounds that hearing loss has conditioned it to miss. However, they cannot “cure” hearing loss. That’s why getting your hearing aids to work for you is an ongoing process that goes beyond selling you a device.
Myth #6 - I hear just fine out of my good ear, so I only need one hearing aid
Fact: Our “good ear” is the one we learn to favor for the telephone or group conversations, providing the illusion that “the better ear” is normal when it isn’t. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears equally, and nearly 90% of people with hearing challenges in one ear need hearing aids for both ears.
Myth #7 - I only have trouble hearing certain sounds, not hearing in general, so I don’t need hearing aids
Fact: Hearing loss is a loss of certain sounds, not all sounds. So, if you’re missing some of the sounds, you’re missing all of the conversation. Hearing care professionals program hearing aids to amplify the sounds you’re missing and enhance the hearing that’s left.
Choose From A Variety Of Hearing Aid Styles
We’ll help guide you through selecting the style of hearing using criteria like:
In the ear (ITE)
Invisible in canal (IIC)
The smallest custom style, IIC instruments, sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are specifically designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
Completely in canal (CIC)
One of the smallest custom styles, CIC instruments fit within the ear canal but not as deep as IIC devices. They are designed for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal since they’re nearly invisible when worn.
In the canal (ITC)
ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Slightly larger than CIC models, they support a more powerful battery with longer service life and can allow for advanced features like directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments as well as easier access to adjustment. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.
Full shell in the ear (ITE)
Full shell models sit flush within the entire ear bowl, allowing for the maximum number of additional controls and features, including directional microphones and larger batteries with more power. ITE styles have a larger receiver with enough power for some severe cases of hearing losses due to their capabilities and flexibility.
The technology of BTE models sits behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing/wiring that routes sound down into the ear and connects to an ear tip or earmold inserted in the ear canal. BTEs come in a variety of colors to blend with hair or skin tones. You can even get them in chrome colors, leopard print, and other funky designs to suit personal styles.
Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types, and degrees of power, as well as varying levels of wearing discretion. Each style is listed below, from smallest to largest.
Open Fit Mini BTE
Mini BTEs hide behind the outer ear and feature ultra-thin tubing/wiring to transmit sound into the ear discreetly. The tubing/wiring connects to a soft tip, which sits in the ear canal without plugging it, allowing for a natural, open feeling of airflow and sound, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for individuals experiencing mild-to-moderate high-frequency losses.
Receiver in the ear (RITE) or Receiver in ear (RIC)
RITE or RIC models are similar to mini BTEs but have the speaker of the instrument incorporated into the ear tip instead of in the main body behind the ear. These instruments are designed for discreet wearing by individuals with mild-to-severe hearing losses.
BTE with Earmold
BTEs with earmolds are the most common type of hearing aid capable of helping individuals experiencing all levels of hearing loss. The shape of their long behind the ear casing follows the contour of the outer ear and allows for a broader range of programming and adjustment features. The selection of earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.
Schedule a Hearing Evaluation
Hearing the life you love begins with a clear understanding of your hearing health. We can help with advanced technology hearing aids, but you need a hearing evaluation to program them to fit your specific needs
Simply fill in the form below with your contact information and preferences, and we will be in touch with you to help schedule an appointment for you or your loved one.
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