Hearing Aids

 
 

Hearing Aid Styles

All hearing aids contain the same components: receiver (microphone), amplifier, speaker, battery, and program/volume control. Hearing aid styles differ in the organization of these parts and how they are worn. Which style is right for you? When selecting a style, many items are considered including the following:

  • The Degree of Hearing Loss
  • Manual Dexterity and Visual Abilities
  • Budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities

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Behind the Ear (BTE)

BTE hearing aids consist of two major components: a plastic casing that houses the electronic parts of the aid and drapes over the back of your ear, and a plastic tube that is fitted in your canal to deliver amplified sound. BTE hearing aids treat mild to profound levels of hearing loss. BTE hearing aids are great for people with dexterity issues, as their controls are easily accessible. However, they may not be convenient for people who wear glasses.

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Receiver in Canal (RIC)

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In the Ear (ITE)

All components of the hearing aid are housed in one case that is worn as a full or half shell in the ear. ITE hearing aids are made from a customized mold of your ear, with the faceplate on the surface of your concha. ITE hearing aids accommodate a smaller range of hearing needs and are usually recommended for individuals who have mild to severe hearing loss. Their small parts may be difficult for people with dexterity issues, but they are convenient for glasses-wearers.

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In the Canal (ITC) and Completely in the Canal (CIC)

While ITE hearing aids are visible, both ITC and CIC hearing aids are virtually undetectable and provide much discretion. Both ITC and CIC styles are custom made from an impression of your ear, and then are gently inserted by you or your hearing professional. Both ITC and CIC hearing aids accommodate levels of mild to severe hearing loss.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers

Hearing Wellness Solutions dispenses hearing aid technology products from several manufacturers including: GN ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Rexton, Signia, Starkey, Unitron, and Widex. Your professional will determine which product is right for you after testing your hearing abilities and learning about your needs and communication style. The most important factor in determining a successful hearing aid fitting is the professional programming it, not the hearing aid. There are numerous choices in hearing aid technology. Your professional will help you choose the best technology for you based on your needs using only the latest in technology and offering solutions to meet any budget. No single manufacturer can meet the needs of every patient.

Hearing Aid Features & Technology

A wide range of technology and a variety of features are available in each hearing aid style. The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the number of features within the hearing aid.

Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. Premium or more advanced hearing aids respond automatically to changes in the listener’s environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes.


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Wireless Hearing Aids

Deliver clear and secure audio directly to your hearing instruments. Stream stereo sound directly from your smart phone, TV, tablet, and/or additional microphone and personalize your hearing experience. We have your wireless hearing solution for any need.

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Common Hearing Aid Features

Hearing aids are designed with features to accommodate the many different aspects of hearing loss. You will find a number of common features in hearing aids, outlined below.

  • Wireless Connectivity
    Through wireless connection, hearing aid wearers may stream phone calls from their smartphones, music, and other media directly to their hearing aids without the assistance of other devices.
  • Directional Microphones
    Directional microphones help to focus on sounds wearers prefer to hear, and especially help with conversation.
  • Telecoil
    Telecoils connect hearing aid wearers to the PA systems in these spaces and allow them to stream the sounds directly to their hearing aids through electromagnetic connection. This is a form of assistive listening.
  • Ultra-fast Processing Platforms
    Digital processing platforms have made hearing aids into minicomputers! They balance and analyze sound from the wearer’s environment, providing wearers with clear sound signals and better recognition with speech.
  • Moisture and Debris Resistance
    Hearing aids are designed with some level of resistance against moisture and debris. Check the hearing aids IP rating – the higher it is, the better it resists the elements.
  • Speech Recognition
    Speech recognition features help people with hearing loss identify patterns, balance different frequencies of voices, and focus on specific speakers in challenging noise environments.
  • Music Listening
    Many newer hearing aids have begun to offer features tailored to music listening, to help with live music, recorded music, and also for musicians who perform.
  • Feedback Cancellation
    Feedback happens when sounds are amplified and are picked up again by the hearing aid’s microphone. Most hearing aids offer feedback cancellation, which anticipates and cancels out feedback noise before it occurs, providing a comfortable listening experience.

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