We can service and repair all major brands of hearing aids. We also take care of re-tubing ear molds.
Since the '60s and ' 70s, hearing aids have come a long way. They are more discreet, simple to use, and advanced technologically than ever before. There is never a better time to use a hearing aid.
Here is an overview of the various hearing aid types.
Types of hearing aid
With the BTE models, the sound is transmitted into the ear via a tube that connects to a personalized earmold. Since they are larger, BTE models have more space than other hearing aids, giving them more space to accommodate new functionality, and providing enhanced performance for a broader range of hearing loss forms. Also, BTEs are convenient and easy to operate for most users.
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC, also known as RITE)
This is a sort of open-fit type hearing aid with a thin plastic tube that runs from the hearing system (located behind the ear) through the outer ear and the ear channel. There is a small soft tip in the ear canal, but it is not sealed. This means that air and sound will still naturally flow to the ear canal. RIC hearing aids are smaller than BTE types, but are similarly feature-packed, holding a wide range of features and a longer-lasting battery.
In the Ear (ITE)
These are the only types of custom-fit hearing aids that are large enough for features like directional microphones and telecoils. They are also able to accommodate a wide range of hearing losses. ITE hearing aids are also a suitable choice for people with limited dexterity.
This style is more discreet than the ITE and is placed in the bowl of the outer ear. They have a battery life slightly longer than smaller types, suit a broader range of hearing losses, and suit additional features like microphones and a volume wheel.
CIC hearing aids are custom-molded and completely fit inside your ear canal, much like IIC hearing aids (detailed below). While they are very discreet, a small portion of the hearing aid is slightly visible when looking straight at the user's ear.
This tailored style fits deeper into the ear canal than other models, so it is almost invisible when worn. They are tailor-made for your ears, ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss, and nearly impossible to notice when worn. This is the type for those who prefer the ultimate indiscretion.
Hearing Aid Features
In addition to selecting a hearing aid, discovering the characteristics that most excite you and best fit your lifestyle and hearing profile is also essential. Here are the features of the latest hearing aids.
Bluetooth Hearing Technology
It wasn't so long ago that people with hearing problems had to remove their hearing aids to listen to music with earbuds while at the gym. With Bluetooth technology, however, hearing aids help people stay connected to their smart devices.
Thanks to direct Bluetooth technology being integrated into modern hearing aids, many Bluetooth hearing aids now connect directly with personal electronic devices and send signals directly into the user's hearing aids! This means they do not need a streamer and can connect directly to the smartphone, making it more convenient than ever to stream your favorite shows, podcasts, and music.
Lithium-ion rechargeable technology
Whether it's your laptop, smartphone, or portable music speaker, all of your devices are probably powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The introduction of rechargeable technology in hearing aids, by comparison, was comparatively slow. But the latest introduction of lithium-ion batteries means you can now power your hearing aid for the entire day.
To get a whole day's power for some rechargeable models, you only have to charge them for three hours! This all-day performance includes streaming phone calls, music, and your favorite shows. Plug it overnight into the charger, and you're ready for wherever the day takes you.