HEARING AIDS HAVE COME
A LONG WAY!
With the ever-growing list of options these days, selecting the best hearing aid for your needs can seem daunting. Many factors will determine the best model of hearing aid for you, including your unique hearing ability, lifestyle requirements, budget, and preferences for specific features and hearing aid styles. You can trust that we’re experts at making this an easy and straightforward process so you can find a hearing aid that best suits you.
The first step to finding the right hearing aids for you comes with a hearing evaluation, allowing us to determine which features will work the best for you. If it is determined that you would benefit from a hearing aid, we will be happy to discuss all of your options with you in detail so you feel comfortable with your decision.
To learn more about modern hearing aids and how they can fit into your life, please call us or explore the information on our website. It’s our goal to reconnect you with the world again and provide clear hearing day in and day out.
We look forward to serving you and your hearing health needs.
IN THE EAR (ITE)
Hearing aids worn in the ear are generally custom-fit based on an impression of the ear. There are a variety of ITE styles that are available.
Full shell instruments fill the entire outer ear bowl. Due to their larger size, they allow for more features and functions. These include a larger battery, directional microphones, volume controls, and can fit larger receivers for more severe hearing losses. They are designed for mild to severe hearing losses.
Half shell instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl. Since they are slightly larger than the CIC, they are able to hold additional features. These include a larger battery, directional microphones, and volume controls. They are designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Complete in-the-canal (CIC) instruments fit deeply into the ear canal. Slightly larger than the IIC, they are still relatively hard to see. They are designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Invisible in-the-canal (IIC) instruments are the smallest custom hearing aids available. They sit in the second bend of the canal and are nearly invisible to the naked eye. They are designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.
BEHIND THE EAR (BTE)
Behind-the-Ear instruments sit behind or on top of the outer ear with a tube that connects to an ear tip or mold inside of the ear. BTE’s offer the widest range of features, colors, battery types, and degrees of power. Today, they’re offered in small, discreet designs that are often unnoticeable when worn. For those who prefer to “show them off”, they also come in multiple colors and designs.
Mini BTE styles are designed to hide behind the outer ear and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing typically connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild to moderate hearing loss.
RITE hearing aid styles are BTEs that have the speaker built into the ear tip instead of the main body of the hearing aid. They are relatively unnoticeable when worn. They are designed for mild to severe hearing loss.
BTEs with earmolds have a longer shape that follows the contour behind the outer ear. Their larger size enables them to house features such as a program button and volume control. The hearing aid color, earmold style, and wearer’s hairstyle determine exactly how they’ll look on each person. They are designed for mild to profound hearing loss.
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