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Hearing Aids

If you are hearing impaired, you will benefit from wearing hearing aids, period.  How much benefit will depend on many factors.

  • How long you waited before you did something about your problem.
  • How much hearing you have left (residual hearing).
  • How much your speech discrimination (word recognition ability) has been affected.
  • Your overall health: diabetes, stroke, kidney disease.
  • How well you adapt to change.

Do I need two hearing aids?

Hear as nature intended – with both ears.

Sound used to be recorded with one microphone, “mono.“ Music and speech sounded flat and unnatural. This method has long since been replaced by stereo recording. Recordings using two microphones create natural and lively sound. With a hearing loss in both ears, the situation is similar. The hearing system also functions on the principle of stereo sound. The hearing center of the brain relies on two independent “microphones“ – the ears.

If only one ear is functioning properly, you could have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments and in locating the direction from which a sound is coming. This means that it is often advisable to wear a hearing instrument on both ears, assuming your hearing loss requires this.Hearing with both ears means more confidence and a better quality of life.

Sound localization – The ability to localize sound is dependent on two properly functioning ears. How do we know the direction of a car’s approach? The sound reaches the closer ear a few microseconds earlier, and with a somewhat greater intensity, than it reaches the other ear. These minute differences in the signal transferred from the ear to the brain enable us to make important, potentially life-saving decisions regarding the exact location of the car. When one ear functions better than the other, there is inadequate information to quickly and reliably determine the origin of a sound.

Understanding speech in a noisy environment Hearing with two ears provides improved capacity to suppress background noise, making it easier to understand conversation. Unequal hearing in the left and right ears is a big disadvantage in noise. While one hearing instrument may be helpful in a quiet environment, it may not be helpful in noisy situations. The greatest difficulty understanding speech occurs when several people are talking at once. This is common during interactions between family, friends and colleagues at work. Often these exchanges are also taking place in noisy surroundings. With two hearing instruments it is possible to maximize understanding in noise.

Your hearing loss didn’t happen overnight.  It may take a while to get the maximum benefit from your hearing aids.

Choosing the right hearing professional is the most important decision a hearing impaired person can make when they’re finally ready to do something about their hearing problem. The correct hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the judgment and skill of the professional selecting the instrument.

The hearing aids we select for you are based on the results of the test, your budget, your lifestyle and a host of other factors.  We promise to explain everything too, without using a bunch of technical terms that are designed to confuse you further.

To give you a little bit of information about hearing aids in general, below is a list of the current styles we carry.

Invisible In Canal (IIC)

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing instruments are a 100% invisible when worn. This instrument sits deep in the ear canal ensuring sound travels quickly and accurately to your eardrum. This 100% invisible hearing aid is designed for daily removal.

  • 100% Invisible when worn
  • Hear clearly in noise
  • Sculpted for your ear canal
  • Highest definition sound quality
  • Designed for daily removal

Completely In Canal (CIC)

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) micro-technology allows this type of hearing aid to be worn deep inside the ear canal. CICs are so tiny, they are almost invisible when worn.

  • Cosmetically desirable because these hearing aids are tiny in size
  • Programmed to have automatic or push button settings
  • Require good manual dexterity in order to place the hearing aid in the ears

In The Canal (ITC) 

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are smaller than the ITE style and are also custom made to fit the size and shape of your ear canal.

  • Barely visible in the ear
  • Easy to use with the telephone
  • May not fit well in small ears

In The Ear (ITE) 

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-made and fit comfortably inside the ear.

  • Easy to insert into the ear because of its larger size
  • Easy-to-operate larger features such as volume control
  • Used to help mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind The Ear (BTE)

The behind-the-ear (BTE) style sits behind the ear, while the amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized earmold which fits in your ear.

  • Typically offers more power than a custom-made hearing aid
  • Robust for active wearers
  • Suitable for all degrees of hearing loss
  • Large, easy-to-use hearing aids that are very reliable

Over-the-Ear (OTE)

The Over-the-Ear hearing aid style that is very similar to the Behind-the-Ear style, but is much smaller and less noticeable.  This style holds the electronics in a slim case that hooks over the top of the ear and hides behind the top of the ear, the same place where eyeglasses rest.  A clear narrow tube follows the front of the ear and carries sound to the tiny ear bud, which sits unnoticeable in the ear canal.

  • Allows natural sounds to enter the ear canal
  • Can be selected, programmed and fit in a single visit
  • Very discreet and appealing to people with cosmetic concerns
  • Does not require custom molding

Receiver In Canal (RIC)

Receiver in the Canal or Open-Ear hearing aids are the newest design to reduce or eliminate that echo or plugged up feeling wearers can sometimes experience (referred to as the occlusion effect).  They are easy to wear and barely noticeable.

  • Fits a large range of hearing loss
  • Offers the greatest flexibility in programming
  • Water resistant and very durable