Digital Hearing Aid Styles & Technology
ReSound Verso™ hearing aids (the Receiver in Ear model is shown above) give an exceptional surround sound experience and strong and clear wireless connections to TV, stereos, computers and cell phones using ReSound Unite™ accessories (shown below).
Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, styles and technologies. Which one is right for you? That answer depends on your individual hearing loss and your personal listening needs. We will work with you to determine the very best solution for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.
Hearing aids are available from a variety of manufacturers in a variety of sizes and shapes, from instruments that fit behind the ear to instruments that fit within the ear canal. Electronic circuitry has advanced significantly, allowing patients greater sound comfort and improved speech recognition in noisy situations.
Digital Hearing Aids
Digital hearing aids are adjusted via a computer connection, provide the most flexibility, allowing the audiologist to custom fit the response of the device to a specific hearing loss. We will help you choose the best instrument according to your needs and your budget.
Hearing aids have developed from "clunky ear prosthetics" to amazingly sophisticated devices that can be both comfortable and virtually invisible!
Depending on the level of technology that you prefer, modern hearing devices have the ability to:
- digitally process sound in a way that sounds very natural.
- adapt and automatically adjust to different listening environments.
- filter out background noise to focus on the sounds you want to hear.
- be programmed to suit the types of listening environments you experience.
- connect wirelessly to your TV, cell phone, MP3 player and more.
After we provide you with our recommendations to help you hear better and answer your questions, we'll provide you with information the latest, most comfortable hearing aids available.
Types or Styles of Hearing Aids
It's important to us that you know that hearing aids are a lot different than they were even five years ago. If you're picturing a really obvious instrument that sits on your ear and whistles, you're in for a very pleasant surprise!
Modern hearing aids are tiny (in some cases virtually invisible!), sophisticated devices with an array of special functions that can "zoom in" on sounds you want to hear and "cancel out" noise that makes it difficult to understand conversation.
Plus, they can be programmed to suit your personal listening needs. If you like to attend the theater, eat in restaurants, have a family barbecue, go to a basketball game, run marathons—we can work with you to find a hearing aid that fits YOUR lifestyle.
Invisible In the Canal (IIC)
IIC hearing instruments are the smallest of the "in the ear" hearing aids. They are designed to sit deeply in the ear canal, which not only makes them nearly invisible but also places the microphone and speaker close to the eardrum, making the sound quality more natural. Background noise is also more effectively filtered out.
Remote Microphone (RM)
RM instruments utilize Remote Microphone Technology and combine the discrete fitting and natural sound advantages of invisible in the canal hearing aids with the comfort and maximum wind noise suppression of open-fit hearing instruments. The microphone has been moved to the outer ear and is connected to the hearing device by a thin-transparent tube.
Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
RIC hearing instruments feature the same barely visible, comfortable fit as "open fit" instruments. However, the receiver that delivers the sound processed by the hearing device is placed inside the ear canal, resulting in more natural sound. Traditional "open fit" or BTE devices channel the sound from the hearing instrument itself through an acoustic tube, which can cause distortion.
Open Fit or Open Ear
"Open fit" instruments are comfortable to wear, offer a wide array of features, and people barely notice you are wearing them. The "open fit" device is a tiny instrument that sits behind the ear and delivers sound through a thin acoustic tube. An added benefit of "open fit" instruments is that you can typically wear them home the day of your appointment - a custom ear mold is not required.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
These instruments are tiny and fit, literally, completely in the ear canal.
Canal Style or In The Canal (ITC)
These instruments fit in the ear canal and are somewhat visible.
Full Shell - In the Ear (ITE)
These instruments fit slightly in the canal and fill the ear with a shell.
Behind the Ear (BTE)
These instruments sit behind the ear and have a tube that connects the instrument to a custom made mold that fits in the ear.
Images courtesy of ReSound.
Personalized Solutions within Your Budget
We dispense a variety of hearing instruments -- including entry level to premium level digital -- from leading manufacturers such as Phonak, ReSound, Siemens, Starkey, and Widex, to ensure that we are able to provide our patients with the most options and benefits. We also fit most other manufacturers and brands based on lifestyle, needs and budget. Please ask us if you have a question about a specific manufacturer or brand. We also offer an extensive complement of assistive listening devices with Bluetooth connectivity.
What often keeps people from reconnecting with conversations and the other sounds of life they have been missing out on is a concern that they can't afford hearing aids.
Part of our hearing aid consultation is understanding your budget. We want to help you find a personalized hearing solution that improves your ability to hear without making a huge dent in your budget.