Hearing aids work very well when fitted and adjusted appropriately. There are basically three levels of hearing aid technology: analog, digitally programmable, and digital. The degree of hearing loss, power and options requirements, manual dexterity abilities, cost factors, and cosmetic concerns are some of the factors that will determine the style for each patient.
Digital hearing aids
Digital hearing aids utilize the most advanced digital signal processing currently available. This allows for more sophisticated sound control which provides the clearest reception, especially in noisy environments. Digital hearing aids adjust automatically to the listener’s environment. Other features include automatic feedback control, directional microphones, special noise reduction circuitry and several customized programs. These are the most technically advanced hearing aids at this time.
Conventional analog hearing aids
Conventional analog hearing aids amplify speech and noise control. These hearing aids have a volume control that can adjust the sound, but they still make loud sounds and background noise louder. This type of aid is the least expensive, but it cannot be programmed if your hearing changes over time.
Styles of hearing aids
There are several styles of hearing aids:
- Behind-the-ear (BTE): hearing aids are placed over the ear and connected with tubing to custom-fitted earpieces.
- In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fill the entire bowl of the ear and part of the ear canal.
- Smaller versions of ITEs are called half-shell and in-the-canal (ITC).
- The least visible aids are completely-in-the-canal (CIC).
Hearing aid options, which are appropriate for your particular hearing loss and listening needs, the size and shape of your ear and ear canal, and the dexterity of your hands will all be considered in deciding what type of hearing aid is the best for you.
What will happen at my hearing aid fitting?
- The hearing aids will be fitted to your ears.
- While wearing your hearing aids, you will be tested for word understanding in quiet and in noise and for improvement in hearing tones.
- You will receive instruction about the care of your hearing aids, the batteries used to power them, a suggested wearing schedule, general expectations, and helpful communication strategies.
- You will practice properly inserting and removing the hearing aids and batteries.
How should I begin wearing the aids?
- Start using your hearing aids in quiet surroundings, gradually building up to noisier environments.
- Note where and when that you find the hearing aids beneficial.
- Be patient and allow yourself to get used to the aids and the “new” sounds they allow you to hear.
- Keep a diary to help you remember your experiences.
- Report any concerns at a follow-up appointment.
ENT audiology can help
We offer a wide selection of hearing aids, including digital processing and digitally programmable, from a variety of manufacturers. We will work with you to find the best solution for your hearing healthcare needs within your budget.
We maintain state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, sound treated rooms, computerized fitting software, and verification tools such as surround sound and Real Ear measurements using visible speech for more accurate fittings.
We offer a 60-day full money back adjustment period, which will allow you time to be in all of your challenging listening environments.
With your permission, we will file your hearing aid costs to your insurance company if coverage is provided.
We provide in-office hearing aid cleaning and minor repairs at no cost.
We guarantee the best possible results to help you achieve a better quality of life.