The Right Hearing Aids For You
I’m sure you didn’t grow up looking forward to the day that you can wear hearing aids, but with 1 in 8 Americans experiencing hearing loss, hearing aids are an essential part of caring for your hearing health and restoring the clarity of what your hearing once was.
The good news is that today’s hearing aids are very different to how you may remember them.
The large, clunky devices often found on your grandparents’ sideboard while growing up are now a thing of the past, with hearing technology progressing as much as all other forms of technologies over recent years.
This means that today’s hearing aids are now incredibly powerful, are small & discreet, and, in some cases, are even invisible. In fact, you may even have a friend, loved one, or co-worker that wears hearing aids that you’ve never even noticed.
However, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to hearing aids. Instead, we make a recommendation based on factors such as your lifestyle, level of hearing loss, unique circumstances, preferred style, and budget.
But with our founder Dr. Craig W. Johnson being part of the team of audiologists that fought to pass the bill to allow patients the freedom of choice in selection of their hearing aids, giving you the power to make the right decision for yourself is in our roots.
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The Different Styles of Hearing Aids
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) – Tiny & Often Invisible
If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, then IIC Hearing Aids are custom-fitted and come in a choice of colors. IICs are unique as they’re inserted deep into the ear canal, so depending on your ear shape, they’re often invisible when worn. This is a huge advantage for the style-conscious wearer.
Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) – Mostly Invisible
Unlike the IICs, these aids are comfortably inserted and extracted from your ear, with the small “handle” peeping out the side. They are custom-made and mostly invisible, as well as coming in a range of colors to match the skin-tone of your inner ear. They’re the perfect choice if you have mild to moderate hearing loss.
ITC hearing aids feature a custom-fit, skin-matching colors, and can be inserted and extracted with ease. Made to look as if they are a part of your natural ear, these aids are the perfect choice if your hearing is diminishing at a steady pace. Suitable for mild to mildly severe hearing losses.
Mildly severe to severe hearing loss patients may find ITE hearing aids beneficial due to their sleek design that fits perfectly to the ear’s outer entrance. They are incredibly comfortable to wear and offer maximum hearing coverage. Available in a variety of colors, they’re custom made and can be matched to your skin tone.
Barely visible when worn, the RIC style is an instrument in which the receiver, or speaker, is inside the ear canal. Thin electrical wires are used instead of a plastic acoustical tube, reducing distortion. RIC hearing aids provide a comfortable, open fit and are perfect for mild to moderate hearing loss.
When you think “hearing aid” – the chances are you’re thinking of the BTE design. Usually worn by moderate to severe hearing loss patients, the technology is housed in the casing of these hearing aids, ensuring they rest comfortably behind the ear while the clear plastic acoustical tube sends the amplified sounds into a customized earmold that’s fitted inside the canal. Available in many different colors, they come with easy to use buttons and are highly discreet.
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