Hearing aids are a boon to many patients with hearing loss. They can help restore the ability to communicate and go a long way towards improving an individual’s overall quality of life. Today’s hearing devices are nothing like the big, bulky and underperforming instruments of the past. Digital technology has led to smaller, sleeker and more comfortable hearing aids with a large number of options and features previously unavailable. Hearing aids come in many styles and sizes; there is sure to be an instrument perfect for your unique hearing and lifestyle needs.
The following list briefly describes the different styles of hearing aids available. During your consultation, we will evaluate and discuss the different options available depending on the type and degree of your hearing loss.
The RITE hearing aid is the most popular style because it leaves the ear canal open. The speaker or receiver is in the ear, reducing the plugged-up sensation from earmolds. This style is ideal for all types of losses, ranging from mild to severe.
The BTE style hearing aid uses a clear earmold placed in the ear to anchor the hearing aid behind the ear. This style is used to fit all types of hearing loss because it offers flexibility, superior programming capabilities, easily accessed controls, and comfort. It is recommended for mild to severe hearing losses.
This style consists of a flesh-colored casing that molds to the ear. The hearing aid components are contained in the casing. This hearing aid is recommended for mild to severe hearing losses.
This style is approximately half the size of the full shell aid, and is recommended for mild to severe hearing losses.
One of the smaller hearing aids, this style fits in the lower portion of the ear canal. It is recommended for mild to severe hearing losses.
This is the smallest ITE style hearing aid available, and is recommended for mild to moderate hearing losses.
This hearing aid—one of the smallest—is placed in the ear canal, making it virtually invisible. It will fit losses ranging from mild to moderate.
In order to offer our patients a variety of choices, we carry hearing aids from many of the industry’s top manufacturers. We are constantly looking into new companies and technologies that improve our patients’ quality of living. Below is a list of the brands we offer.
The key to getting the most out of your hearing aids is to keep them running smoothly and trouble-free. We carry high quality accessories and peripheral products to help you maintain your hearing aids and extend their lifespan. Our selection includes batteries, filters, cleaning kits, moisture removers, wax guards, ear lotion, lubricants, earmold blowers, and more.
An assistive listening device is defined as a portable system that enables individuals with hearing loss to separate speech from background noise, improving their ability to hear. It also includes products that help alert the patient with visual cues, such as battery detectors that emit bright flashes of light instead of/in addition to the piercing shrieks most of us are accustomed to. In a sense, Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids that connect wirelessly with other electronic devices, including televisions, computers, and iPods, are a type of ALD. Amplified phones, alarm clocks, doorbells and telephone alerting devices would all fall under this category, as well.
Hearing aids are very helpful to a majority of hearing loss patients. While most are constructed of high quality materials and built to last five or more years, keep in mind that they are subjected to an environment in which moisture, heat, earwax, and dirt are prevalent. Over time, these can affect the sensitive electronic components and lead to problems. Cleaning your aids on a regular basis will help them run more efficiently and extend their lifespan. Just be sure to avoid using water, cleaning fluids, and alcohol; instead, use a soft, dry cloth to wipe them down. When not in use, store your aids in their protective case.