Hearing Aids Overview
- Wireless Connectivity
- Care and Maintenance
- Hearing Aid Adjustments
In order to assist you in choosing the best hearing aid, your audiologist will consider the following:
- Severity of hearing loss (power/volume requirements)
- Listening requirements and goals
- Manual dexterity and visual abilities
- Budget concerns
- Medical/Anatomical considerations
Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today's hearing aids are considered sleek, compact, and innovative - offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
Various hearing aid styles we offer:
- Invisible in-the-Canal (IIC)
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
- In-the-Canal (ITC)
- Full Shell or In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
- Mini BTE with slim tube and tip
- Reciever-in-the-ear (RITE)
- BTE with earmolds
Advances in hearing aid technology have made them more effective and comfortable to wear. Technology has improved tremendously over the last few years. From noise reduction capabilities to wireless compatibility, hearing aid technology is evolving to meet communication needs in a wide range of situations.
As technology level increases in hearing aids, so does the availability of high-level processing features. Premium or more advanced hearing aids respond automatically to changes in the listener’s environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. Basic hearing aids are best suited for individuals in fairly constant listening environments and infrequently in background noise. Advanced hearing aids are best suited for individuals who are more active and in a variety of listening environments.
No longer do hearing aids function in isolation as a solitary right or left unit. Wireless technology enables hearing aids to communicate with each other as well as with other accessories. Music, phone calls and television can now be streamed directly to the hearing aids, making it easier to hear clearly and effortlessly. Mini microphones can be used to improve communication in the car, conference room or at family gatherings. Remote controls allow the user to make adjustments such as volume changes or program selection without touching the hearing aid. Some manufacturers now make available remote control features through applications downloaded on your cell phone.
Care and Maintenance
Treat your hearing aids with care and routine maintenance. The better you keep your hearing aids, the longer they will last. If you do not know how to care for your hearing aids, be sure and ask the audiologist for instructions.
- Never get your hearing aids wet.
- Clean your hearing aids after each day of use.
- Do not apply body care products such as hair spray or powder while wearing your hearing aids.
- Make sure your hands are clean and free of oil or lotion prior to changing your batteries.
- Store your hearing aids/batteries out of the reach of children and pets.
- Schedule annual hearing aid checks to have your instruments cleaned thoroughly.
Repairs due to inadequate maintenance may not be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Maintenance is the user’s responsibility.
Hearing Aid Adjustments
Hearing changes over time; therefore, you should have your hearing checked at least every two years. Much more than volume is programmed into your hearing aid settings. If you believe you are not hearing from your hearing aids as well as before, your hearing needs to be retested. Just as eye glasses are fit with a specific prescription, so are hearing aids programmed. Simply “turning up” the hearing aids may not help you hear better and may possibly increase your problems hearing. Once the changes in your hearing are properly identified, the audiologist will discuss with you appropriate adjustments to be made. This is also a good time to discuss new hearing aid technology to see if new hearing aids would be beneficial.