Types of Hearing Aids
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Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
Recommended for: people of all ages and degrees of hearing loss.
BTE hearing aids are designed to give your ears an incredible boost in power. The hard plastic casing fits directly behind the top of your ear where it’s easily hidden by your hair.
The custom earmold is shaped to match the exact contours of your ear canal. It comes in a variety of colors including clear, pink, and tan to decrease visibility even more. The BTE hearing aid has a wide variety of programming features and options that may be customized to meet your hearing needs.
In the Canal (ITC) and Completely In the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids
Recommended for: mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Our ITC and CIC hearing aids are our smallest, most invisible custom hearing aid products. These amplification devices fit completely or partly in your ear canal. The ITC hard plastic casing is tiny, ranging anywhere between 1 to 3 cm long. It’s that small! CICs are designed to fit even deeper into the ear canal resulting in a really invisible fit closer to the eardrum. CICs come with standard features and may have wireless capability.
Open Fit Hearing Aids
Recommended for: mild to moderate hearing loss.
This style is a take on the BTE hearing aid with a thin tube. It doesn’t plug the ear and it’s not too visible from the outside. It keeps the ear canal open so that low-frequency sounds can enter your ears naturally while amplifying low-frequency sounds.
In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
Recommended for: people with disabilities or dexterity challenges who have mild to severe hearing loss.
ITE hearing aids are true custom-designed hearing aids. The entire hearing aid is molded to match the contours of your outer ear. The hard plastic casing forms to the exact shape of your ear allowing it to fit snugly. There’s also an ITE style available that only fills the lower part of your ear. ITEs do a great job of amplifying sound.
You can add features to an ITE hearing aid to make it hassle-free including telecoil (a feature that makes it easier to hear when you’re talking on the phone), ear to ear communication, and automatic programming. ITE hearing aids come in a variety of colors to match your skin tone including pink, beige, cocoa, and brown.
Receiver In the Canal (RIC) or Receiver In the Ear (RITE) Hearing Aids
Recommended for: mild to severe hearing loss.
Our RIC or RITE hearing aids are perfect for active adults. The directional microphone technology makes it easier to understand conversations in crowded environments by detecting and amplifying the target speech signal and decreasing the background noise.
Visibility isn’t a problem. You can attend business meetings, parties, and other social events without anyone even knowing you’re wearing hearing aids. You can hide the small hard plastic casing on this device behind your ear or underneath your hair.
The ultra-thin wire picks up sound and carries it directly into a speaker that fits invisibly into the ear canal or in the ear. The RIC hearing aid can come with programming features including telecoil, automatic programming, volume or programming controls, and alert signals. It can also include accessories that activate the bluetooth compatibility. With bluetooth, you can easily connect your RIC hearing aids to your phone, your iPad or even your car.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices help you hear better in very specific environments like watching TV, being outdoors, or traveling in a car. These devices supplement whatever hearing technology you are currently using.
Brands We Trust
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Oticon is a global leader in hearing science and technology. Oticon wants to ensure that customers are comfortable with their hearing aids so they can get back to enjoying an active lifestyle without interruptions. Each year the company honors its slogan to “put people first” by recognizing those with hearing loss who have positively impacted their local communities.
Resound’s hearing aid styles for adults and children are some of the most varied on the market, including models that are among the smallest and most powerful available. In addition, the company offers sophisticated digital technology to meet the specific needs of military veterans and others with special hearing needs.
Phonak is a globally trusted distributor of hearing aids. They are well known for their wireless and rechargeable products as well as their new dust and water-resistant hearing aids. Phonak also funds a charity called Hear the World, aimed at providing disadvantaged people with hearing loss the ability to hear again.
Patients with hearing loss may be eligible for a free amplified, captioned telephone to help you communicate with others easily and effortlessly. The CaptionCall phone features a transcript of each conversation and an amplified handset that provides loud, clear sound. To qualify for a phone, call us and schedule an appointment for a hearing evaluation and we will verify your hearing loss. During your hearing consultation, we will be happy to discuss additional options for improving your communication abilities and reconnecting with friends and loved ones.
Widex is one of the largest manufacturers of hearing aids and takes pride in having remained a family-owned company since its inception. The company has a large selection of traditional hearing aids and offers niche products for conditions such as tinnitus. Widex aims to create the best sound quality possible for its customers by continuing to develop its product line.
Starkey Hearing Technologies understands the human element of audiology. For over 50 years, they’ve been able to restore rich, full lives to those with hearing loss through their technology. The company recognizes what a life-changing event hearing well again can be — not only for those with hearing loss, but for their families as well.
Signia is a world-leader in hearing aid technology. They’ve developed and perfected countless hearing aids that have been clinically proven to work better than natural hearing.
Siemens is one of the most well-known hearing aid brands under the Signia umbrella. With the resources of Signia behind them, they’re able to offer a wider selection of products and styles, while continuing to innovate hearing technology through their superior understanding of hearing loss.