You have the opportunity to choose from many different styles of hearing aids.
A Hearing Test is the First Step:
If you know you have less than normal hearing or suspect a hearing loss, a visit to our hearing aid specialist may be your first step toward better hearing. Our professional hearing aid specialist will conduct scientific hearing tests to evaluate your needs for amplification free of charge.
Hearing Aid Styles
At the turn of the century, when electronic hearing aids first became available, only body aids were worn. They had an amplifier attached to a cord leading to a receiver which fit into the ear. The next development was a hearing aid into the temples of a pair of eyeglasses. Soon to emerge were behind-the-ear instruments. When the first all-in-the-ear hearing aid was produced, it caused a considerable impact among the hearing impaired, because now accessory items such as earmolds, ear connectors, and tubing were no longer required. The most recent advancement has been the very tiny hidden hearing aid (CIC) digital instrument. You have the opportunity to choose from many different styles of hearing aids. Each style is not suitable for all types of hearing impairments your hearing test may reveal. You – as the client- have many different options open to you.
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) – is the smallest, least visible custom hearing device. These aids are very compact, yet have enough power to be suitable for most hearing losses.
In-the Canal (ITC) – is larger than a CIC, but still small enough to be cosmetically appealing with enough power to fit a wide variety of losses.
In-the Ear (ITE) – is made from a custom mold of the patient’s ear which fit securely in the outer ear, offering easy positioning and adjustment by the user as well as a variety of options such as a telephone coil.
Behind-the Ear (BTE) – is connected to a custom-made ear shell and offers special programming and power as well as flexibility for use with telephones and assistive listening devices (ALD’s). This model is suitable for virtually any loss, even the most profound.
Hearing Aid Technology
Digital Sound Processing (DSP) – the latest advance in hearing aid technology. These 100% digital hearing instruments provide “CD quality sound.” It is the solution for clean and clear sound reproduction, low distortion, and more precise fitting.
Digital Hearing Aid Technology
Digital technology accounts for most of the hearing aids sold today. In fact, the basic digital hearing aid costs about the same as the conventional analog hearing aid. The digital hearing aid contains a computer chip that amplifies sounds digitally. The quality of the sound produced by the computer chip is excellent.
Digital hearing aids are flexible and can be re-programmed by our highly trained staff by using a computer that is equipped with special software as well as hardware that allows the hearing aid and computer to be connected. Digital hearing aids can act on soft sounds in one way and on loud sounds in a completely different fashion. Digital hearing aids also have a variety of bands or equalizers. Depending on the level of the digital technology there may be as few as two bands or as many as twenty + bands. The more advanced the digital chip the more bands that it will possess. Some digital hearing aids have the capability to reduce some environmental noises such as motors running or dishes clanging.
The most modern digital products can now provide better:
- Performance – 3x more powerful with multicore processing for virtually no whistling, better hearing in noise and telephone compatibility.
- Comfort – Comfortable, high-resolution sound with smoother, seamless transitions between quiet and loud environments. Automatically sets to situations for you.
- Personalization – Our individualized hearing and lifestyle assessment ensures your hearing aids match your exact hearing loss and listening needs.
Hearing Aid Selection Procedures: Hearing aids, like eyeglasses, come in different corrections. What one client needs in his or her hearing aids may be completely different from another individual. Whatever your neighbor needs may not be right for you.
We are interested in your preferences and special needs. If you work in a very noisy place, there are special hearing aids for you. If you are concerned about the cosmetics of hearing aids, we have some very inconspicuous options. If you go to school and need to hear the teacher who is farther away, we have recommendations for you.
Once we have your standard hearing test performed, we will do some additional tests to determine your actual correction needs.
Conventional analog hearing aids are basically amplifiers that feature manual volume controls and manual fine-tuning. These hearing aids are primarily beneficial for listening in easy, relatively quiet situations, such as one-on-one conversation and listening to the television, because all of the sounds are typically amplified in exactly the same way. This technology provides limited flexibility in meeting individual needs.
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