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HEARING AIDS

Hearing Aids are devices used to amplify sound at the ear level. They consist of a microphone or multiple microphone that collect sound in the environment and send it to the hearing aids digital processor that amplifies the sound and provides correction specifically for an individual’s hearing loss. Most hearing aids today are digital hearing aids providing processing power comparable to an audio chip in a mainstream computer these days.

NEW THIS YEAR

 

Rechargeable hearing aids and smart phone compatible hearing aids!

 

Our practice works with all major hearing aid brands. Each manufacturer makes many different styles and sizes of hearing aids. It is important to know what brands are trusted. We have found over the years to trust Phonak, Siemens, Oticon, Starkey, Widex, Resound, and Unitron. We do not use off brand hearing devices. We prefer to have happy customers who enjoy their hearing aids and the success we help provide for them.

 

This year we have started fitting new rechargeable styles and have found that the Phonak Belong, Siemens Cellion, and Unitron Moxi Fit-R to be the best in all levels. Patients are reporting up to 24 hours of use between charges and that charging only takes about 2-3 hours. The 30 minute quick charge has been good because it lasts about 8 hours. Patients are also reporting good control of background noise and increased clarity with conversations in noise.

 

More manufacturers have been making iphone compatible devices. With these devices, you use your smart phone app to adjust them for several scenarios, and they will stream Bluetooth phone calls and music through the hearing aids. We have found that patients like the Starkey and Oticon Opn, and well as Siemens Primax Smart.

 

It is always recommended to have our Audiologists help you select what would work best for you and to perform the specialized programming of these devices. As technology has improved, each hearing device must be set optimally for you so that you can have the best performance. Today, there are so many options. Through our expertise we can make sure you get what you need and not what you don’t!

STYLES OF HEARING AIDS

 

There are many different styles or ways a hearing can look when being worn. Most modern hearing aids remain small in size even if they need to provide a lot of amplification for people with moderate to severe hearing loss.

 

COMPLETELY IN THE CANAL

The smallest type of hearing aid. Fits deeply in the ear and is virtually invisible unless looking directly into someone’s ear. This hearing has the most limitations as far as being able to fit all losses, however. Generally, it is only suitable for a mild to moderate hearing loss at all frequencies.

 

CANAL AID

Second smallest type of hearing aid. A little more visible than the CIC, but allows patients much more control over their hearing aid. It is only able to be appropriately fit to a mild or moderate hearing loss.

 

HALF SHELL

The size of this hearing aid is roughly equivalent half the size of the concha bowl of the ear. The size allows for higher level noise reduction capabilities such as directional microphones. It is appropriate to fit moderately severe hearing loss.

 

FULL SHELL

The largest of the in the ear hearing aids. The size of this aid fills the concha bowl fully, and creates a better acoustic seal allowing for a little more power. This hearing aid fits a larger type of battery which allows for larger battery life as well as all of the other benefits of the half shell.

 

MICRO-BEHIND THE EAR (OPEN)

 A very small hearing aid specifically designed for a more natural sound and better comfort than the in the ear hearing aids. Able to fit hearing losses previously difficult to fit with in the ear hearing aids.

 

MICRO-BEHIND THE EAR (RIC)

A receiver in canal (RIC) micro-BTE allows for comfort and clarity of the open fit hearing aid, but is more applicable to moderate and moderately severe hearing losses. When worn, the RIC looks virtually identical to the open BTE and has similar features.

LEVELS OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Most hearing aid manufacturers have similar technologies, and arrange those technologies in a hierarchy based on the patient’s activity level.

 

ENTRY LEVEL

This level technology is based on the mild activity level. Patients, who do not go out often or are not in many different listening environments, do well with this level of technology. This level has very reduced noise reduction capabilities as well as fewer channels for fine adjustment than the other levels.

 

MID LEVEL

This level of technology is appropriate for most people who are in several listening environments throughout the day. This level is comparable to the state of the art 2-3 years ago. It has an adequate number of channels and noise reduction capabilities, compared to what is available in the higher end instruments.

 

ADVANCED LEVEL

This level of technology is appropriate for people who are very active throughout the day. It is the state of the art as far as features and technologies are concerned. These aids offer the best hearing experience in a variety of environments.

 

All of the hearing aids come with a 30 day trial period and come with a 3 year warranty. We work with many insurances and subgroups. If you have a hearing aid benefit we will find it and help you submit for reimbursement.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THE MANUFACTURERS:

 

 

Phonak Hearing Aids www.phonak.com

Oticon Hearing Aids www.oticon.com

Starkey Hearing Aids www.starkey.com

Unitron Hearing Aids www.unitron.com

GN Resound Hearing Aids www.resound.com

Widex Hearing Aids www.widex.com

 

 

 

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