Today’s hearing aids are actually powerful, tiny digital computers you wear in your ear. The chips inside sense sound, process it millions of times a second, and adapt how they respond based on the environment. Many hearing aids also connect with smartphones, TVs, speakers and other electronics using Bluetooth wireless technology. Some hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, while others are design to be worn for weeks at a time with replaceable batteries. For some uses, new specialized hearing aids are designed to be worn constantly (24/7) without removal, and disposed of every few weeks.
Not that long ago, a “hearing aid” was a microphone, amplifier, small speaker, and a battery. All incoming sound was simply made louder, but in most cases volume is only part of the hearing loss problem. Advances in electronics and software have created breakthroughs in how sound can be digitally processed, helping people hear the sounds they want and getting rid of the noise they don’t want.
Common Hearing Aid Types
Traditional hearing aids are either in-the-ear (ITE) or behind-the-ear (BTE) styles. These are relatively large devices with long-lasting batteries, and are easily inserted or mounted.
Miniaturization has helped a move toward completely-in-canal (CIC) or receiver-in-canal (RIC) styles; RIC models incorporate a more powerful sound processor worn behind the ear and connected to the earbud with a small plastic tube.
The smallest hearing aids available are invisible-in-the-canal (IIC), deeply inserted so nobody notices the patient is wearing them – but trading processing power for size, so they may not work in every hearing loss situation.
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Batteries cost money, are hard to keep track of, are a nuisance to put in the aids, are small and not all that easy to handle. Rechargeable eliminate all this. They are also a completely sealed unit. No wax traps and no battery doors to change out, so less repairs and office visits.
The first custom in the ear aid that doesn't sound "stuffy" or "clogged". It is super small and nearly invisible. Made out of medical grade titanium and virtually indestructible. Brands include Oticon and others.
Explore the Technology
There are several basic types of hearing aids, with differences in performance such as processing power, battery life, connectivity, user controls, and degree of invisibility. Selection of the right style for a patient depends on factors of lifestyle, prescription, and budget. An easy way to visually see the differences is in three levels of technology: standard, advanced, and premium.
Options to fit your budget
We offer financing options to help manage budgets and ensure you get the best hearing aids, properly fitted and programmed, for your hard-earned dollar. Our staff takes pride in helping patients in every aspect of care, including obtaining financing if needed.