Hearing Aid Overview
At David’s Hearing, we’ve seen first-hand how hearing aids can change lives, and that’s why we want your hearing aids to be a perfect fit. We know that hearing aids are a big commitment, and that’s why we offer risk-free protections to make sure you find the right choice for your hearing needs.
A new set of hearing aids isn’t like a new pair of glasses – the correction to your hearing won’t be immediate. Instead, your hearing needs a period to gradually adjust to new devices. During your first week with new hearing aids your ears and brain may need to literally re-learn how to hear and understand certain sounds. Getting used to new devices may be awkward at first, but quickly opens up your hearing to a broader, richer range of sound.
Choosing the Right Hearing Aid
The degree of your hearing loss is just one factor in what matches you with the right hearing aids. When we consider the best hearing instrument for you, we also factor in your social, professional and personal hearing needs.
For instance, someone with widespread friends and family may benefit from a hearing aid that can stream the audio from phone calls and video chatting directly from your smart phone to your hearing aid, delivering crisper, focused speech. People with active fitness regimens benefit from hearing aids that feature reinforced durability and moisture protection.
When you come in for a hearing exam at David’s Hearing, we not only provide a comprehensive analysis of your ability to hear, we also take time to learn about the demands of your lifestyle. When it comes time to find a hearing aid, we offer you selections tailored to your specific needs.
Hearing Aids Styles
Hearing aids come in a wide range of styles to help accommodate your needs. Most modern hearing aids feature comfortable and discreet design, being custom fitted to the ear and nearly invisible to the casual observer. When choosing a hearing aid, we’ll consider the needed performance level and durability of the device, as well as the look and feel of the hearing aid in your ear.
Regardless of the hearing aid brand, most hearing aids are available in a range of styles that will be selected to suit your hearing needs and preferences.
Behind The Ear (BTE)
BTE hearing aids are the most versatile style of hearing aid available today. Sound processing is done digitally in a small unit tucked behind the ear. Enhanced sound is delivered to your ear canal via clear plastic tubing connected to a small earmold or earbud. BTE hearing aids can help almost all levels of hearing loss from mild to profound.
Receiver In Canal (RIC)
RIC hearing aids have a similar design to BTE hearing aids. Instead of plastic tubing to the ear, sound is transmitted to a small fitted receiver in the ear via thin wires. RIC models minimize sound distortion issues. They can be an effective solution for mild to severe hearing loss.
In The Ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids rest in the outer ear and cover the ear canal. The most noticeable style, ITE devices are also easy to place and remove. Their power makes them suitable for treating mild to severe hearing loss.
In The Canal (ITC)
ITC hearing aids are small, fitted plug-shaped devices that are placed in the frontal portion of the ear canal. These tiny hearing aids can still deliver a big boost, capable of treating mild to mildly severe hearing issues.
Completely In Canal (CIC) and Invisible In Canal (IIC)
The smallest and most discreet hearing aids are CIC and IIC styles which rest entirely inside the ear canal. Their capacity and placement make them a great option for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Technology
Hearing aids today can also be equipped with useful features to help you hear. Telecoil equipped hearing aids can stream closed loop audio announcements directly to your ear in public places such as many airports and churches. Wireless streaming technology is on the forefront of hearing aid advancements, with some devices being capable of streaming audio through your hearing aid, direct from a linked smartphone or other digital device.
For people who struggle with tinnitus alongside their hearing loss, certain hearing aids offer built in tinnitus therapies for effective, consistent relief. More and more hearing aids are also offering rechargeable lithium-ion battery design, eliminating the need to change out disposable batteries. This can be a great option for people with dexterity challenges, as well as those interested in moving away from disposable batteries.