Audiology and Hearing Specialists
How Hearing Aids Help:
Modern hearing aids are much more than just a means of amplifying sound. Hearing aids have the ability to give a patient the best opportunity to hear and understand conversation in many complex listening environments. With advanced processing capability, hearing aids are able to break down complex auditory signals to separate “background noise” and human speech in real time. These hearing aids are able to continuously take information in from the sound environment and make automatic changes in the signal processing – all in an effort to give the individual the best opportunity to hear what is important to them.
Not “just a hearing aid”:
Hearing aids have the ability to do more than ever to help patients with a wide range of communicative issues including: Single sided deafness, Tinnitus (ringing of the ears), and High frequency hearing loss.
Hearing aids also have the ability to be paired with other devices to help individuals get the most from their listening environments.
–Smart phone compatability to automatically stream any sound source (ie: phone calls, music, videos, podcasts…etc.) directly from the phone or tablet to the hearing devices. This connection allows for volume and program changes to be made from the smart device as well.
–TV connectivity to stream TV sound independently of the set volume, directly to the hearing devices.
–Direct connection to home phones that allows the individual to hear a conversation in both ears simply by answering the phone as normal.
–Remote/spouse microphones that are worn by another individual allowing their voice to be streamed to the hearing aids for improved sound quality and understanding. These are great for individuals to hear one-on-one conversations in difficult listening environments.
Styles of hearing aids:
Behind the ear (BTE) Hearing Aids: There are two types of behind the ear styles. There is a traditional BTE that is larger and flows sound down a tube into the ear canal. The “RIC” or Reciever In the Canal style has become the new standard in hearing devices due to their flexibility and improved patient satisfaction. The RIC design allows for a much smaller casing and better comfort and sound quality as the sound is presented directly in the ear canal of the user.
In the ear (ITE) Hearing Aids: There are many different sizes of ITE hearing devices. These products are custom fit from an impression of the patient’s ear canal and used less frequently as they are most appropriate for a specific type or configuration of hearing loss.
Invisible in the ear(IIC) Hearing Aids: The IIC hearing devices are the smallest hearing aids available on the market. These small custom made devices fit deep it the ear canal only a few millimeters from the ear drum and take advantage of the ear’s natural ability to collect and focus on sounds. These devices are not appropiate for all patients depending on their severity of hearing loss and ear canal size.