CHOOSING HEARING AIDS

Frequently Asked
Questions about
HEARING CARE

 

Evaluating Your Hearing

Hearing Loss in Adults

Hearing Loss in Children

Testing Hearing in
Babies and Children


Balance Assessment


Hearing Aids

Choosing Hearing Aids

Hearing With Two Ears



Glossary

CHOOSING HEARING AIDS

We offer the most advanced hearing aid technology from the top hearing aid manufacturers.

Hearing aids vary in size and technology. Our licensed audiologists know what will work best for YOUR ears.


Hearing Aid Styles

Completely-in-the-ear (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest type of hearing aids available. This style fits completely within the ear canal making it practically invisible when worn. CICs fit hearing losses from mild to moderate.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are a variation of the ITE, except smaller in size. This style is not fully in-the-canal, but partially in-the-concha (the indented, bowl-like, outer portion of the ear), leaving a portion free for natural resonance effects. ITC hearing aids fit hearing losses from mild to moderately severe.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fit directly into the external ear. The circuitry is housed primarily in the concha area having no external wires or tubes. ITEs fit hearing losses ranging from mild to severe.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are housed in a small curved case that sits behind the ear. The microphone, amplifier, and receiver are all housed in the hearing aid case that is connected to a custom-made ear mold by a flexible plastic tube. BTE hearing aids can fit hearing losses from mild to profound.

Receiver In The Ear (RITE) or Open Ear (OE) hearing aids are the newest type of hearing aids available today. This technology houses the microphone and signal-processing electronics behind the ear, while a thin clear wire with a dome attaches to the ear canal. Some open ear manufacturers place the receiver in the ear canal to preserve sound quality. Open ear hearing aids fit hearing losses from mild to severe and can be fitted the same day as consulatation.  

TECHNOLOGY

Digital hearing aids are today's most advanced technology available. These hearing aids process sound digitally.

    Sound is more clear and free of distortion

    Processes complex operations for a better sound quality
     automatically


    Digital hearing aids have a tiny computer chip that manipulates
     the sound according to specific frequency and volume to deliver
     a clear sound set precisely to the patient's hearing loss


    Can detect speech in noise

    Feedback (whistling) cancellation

    Noise reduction

    Multiple frequency bands for a more natural sound quality

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