Effective treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus or sound sensitivity takes a skilled professional, the correct treatment plan and consistent follow up on the part of the patient. Establishing the right treatment plan is a joint venture, between the patient and our professional audiologist, taking into consideration the following factors:
Hearing aids come in an assortment of sizes, colors, styles, technology options and pricing options based on the features you want or need.
Hearing aids do not restore normal hearing; however, they do significantly improve hearing and communication abilities. The style and size of hearing aid can depend on personal preference, degree of hearing loss or other factors considered, (vision, dexterity or need for automatic or manual features).
These devices have a small case that contains all the components of the aid and rests behind the ear, like eyeglass stems. The case is connected to an earmold or earpiece by clear tubing. This style is often chosen because it can accommodate various earmold types, all severities of hearing loss and can be re-programmed or re-configured if the hearing loss progresses over time. BTE aids are easy to be cleaned and handled, and are quite durable.
A newer type of BTE aid, called the RITE, also fits behind/on the ear, but is smaller. A very thin, almost invisible wire is used to connect the aid to the ear canal. RITE’s may have a comfortable ear piece for insertion ("open fit"), or may use a traditional earmold. RITE aids connect to a speaker inside the ear canal, which can improve high frequency consonants and the clarity of speech. They can significantly reduce occlusion or "plugged up" sensation in the ear canal, increase comfort and address cosmetic concerns for many users. RITE hearing aids can be fit for hearing losses in the mild to severe category.
All parts of the hearing aid are contained in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear. The ITE aids are larger than the in-the-canal and completely-in-the-canal aids (see below), and for some people may be easier to handle than smaller aids. These devices are often chosen for those with hand or finger dexterity concerns who may not be able to wear a device behind the ear. ITE hearing aids can be fit for hearing losses in the mild to severe category.
These hearing aids are contained in very small cases that fit partly into the ear canal. They are smaller than ITE hearing aids and offer cosmetic and some listening advantages in certain environments. They work very well for those who want a device that adjusts automatically and can still adapt as hearing loss progresses. ITC hearing aids can be fit for hearing losses in the moderate to severe category.
These are the smallest in-ear hearing aids, contained in tiny cases that fit completely into the ear canal and are very cosmetic. In addition to the cosmetic advantages, CICs also offer listening advantages in windy environments due to the position of a single microphone. CIC devices are fully automatic, so you can hear clear and natural sounds without manual adjustments. They can be removed from the ear canal via a small extension cord. CIC hearing aids can be fit for hearing losses in the mild to moderately-severe category.
Advances in technology have allowed us to sync hearing aids with cellular phones, landline phones, televisions, computers and tablets. This not only allows the hearing aid user the ability to hear more clearly while talking on the phone or watching TV but also gives the flexibility of volume control, frequency adjustment and other advanced features.
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