Our practice is proud to offer hearing solutions from all of the major hearing aid manufacturers, unlike “big box” suppliers of hearing aids or even many Audiology practices who only offer one brand. This provides an amazing amount of flexibility for our audiologists to choose the correct device for your needs rather than making due with what we have to fit due to contractual obligations.

Our audiologists do a wonderful job of keeping up-to-date on the quickly changing world of hearing aid technology. Each meets and then far exceeds the required number of continuing education units each year so that you may benefit from their knowledge and expertise. The process of obtaining a hearing aid through one of our offices is described in detail here.

Below, we've provided links for a few of our favorite manufacturers, a graph explaining different levels of hearing aid technology and also information on the many sizes of hearing aids. Contrary to popular belief, the price of a hearing aid is not determined by the size, but rather by the complexity of the hearing aid circuitry. Our prices are very competitive and our service is excellent....schedule an appointment today to evaluate your options and potentials.

 

 

  Receiver in Canal (RIC or RITE) - RIC hearing aids use very small shells and a nearly invisible wire leading to a receiver that extends into the ear canal. Open fittings offer a cosmetically appealing option but also help to free you from the “I feel like my head is in a bucket” or “I sound like I have a cold” sound perception. They are lightweight and tiny, with a transparent dome that makes them less noticeable than aids with custom ear molds. This hearing aid takes a battery, which is either the same size as the BTE or slightly smaller. The battery will last approximately 1-2 weeks
 
  Behind The Ear (BTE) - This size of hearing aid is appropriate for nearly anyone. The BTE is coupled to the ear by a custom earmold made of vinyl, silicone or acrylic. Behind the ear hearing aids are good for people with decreased dexterity, wax accumulation problems, steeply sloping hearing loss, very firm or rigid ear texture or moderate to severe hearing loss. Behind the ear hearing aids take larger batteries, which will need to be replaced every 3-4 weeks (depending on use and size).. Some people think of BTE's as an “old fashioned” hearing aid, but this is not true. Cutting edge technology can be placed inside any size of hearing aid case.
 
  In The Ear (ITE) - This hearing aid size sits in the bowl (concha) of your ear so all the components of the hearing aid are housed within the confines of your ear. This aid is most suitable for individuals with mild to severe hearing loss, with fairly good dexterity. Sometimes talking on the phone with the instrument on can be a challenge. However, this obstacle can generally be overcome with specialized technology. This hearing aid takes a battery, which is either the same size as the BTE or slightly smaller. The battery will last approximately 1-2 weeks.
 
  In The Canal (ITC) - This hearing aid covers the entrance to the ear canal and is typically not visible when viewed from the front. The canal size aid is generally limited to those individuals with hearing loss up to moderately severe. This size is chosen often as it offers many great features but is still small in size. The canal aid, due to its size is more difficult to handle than the ITE, however, easier than the CIC. This hearing aid takes batteries, which will need to be replaced every 1-2 weeks.
 
  Completely In The Canal (CIC) - This hearing aid is the most cosmetically appealing hearing aid and is currently the smallest aid available. The CIC hearing aid is designed to fit deeply into the ear canal. Because the majority of the hearing aid is in the ear canal, this aid is nearly invisible. CIC hearing aids are not appropriate for everyone, or every hearing loss. If you are diabetic, have poor circulation or kidney disease, are prone to outer ear infections or fungus, have poor dexterity, pronounced jaw (mandibular) movement or severe hearing loss, this hearing aid size may not be appropriate for you. The CIC hearing aid takes a very small battery, which will need to be replaced approximately once every 5-7 days.
 
  "Invisible" (IIC) – "Invisible" aids are shaped to fit deeply inside your ear to capture sound in the same way that your ears were designed to do. This style is called "invisible" because no one will see, or even realize you are wearing it. "Invisible" hearing devices will not affect your use of headsets or telephones, how you wear your glasses, or even how you do your hair due to their exceptionally small size and deep fit. These aids operate on the smallest battery, which is expected to last about 3-5 days. Not all patients can use these particular aids due to small or curvy ear canals.
 
  Bluetooth Accessories – Each manufacturer has its own line of Bluetooth accessories that can be purchased at the time of the hearing aids or a later date. These devices allow your hearing aids to communicate with other Bluetooth enabled devices such as cellphones, laptops, iPads, TV systems, etc. Many patients enjoy the freedom and enhanced clarity afforded through the use of these accessories. Your audiologist can fully explain which Bluetooth accessories are available and how they might be useful in your particular life.

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