Hearing Aids

Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE)

This type of hearing aid provides the maximum patient comfort and speech clarity. The hearing aid receiver is placed within the ear without occluding the canal. This eliminates the often bothersome plugged feeling of traditional hearing aids.

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

Recently introduced, this style is the pinnacle of transparency. It is completely hidden within the auditory canal being placed beyond the first curve of the ear canal. This style is available in both regular and extended wear types.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

This style offers the ultimate in concealment. Newer circuit technology allows these instruments to perform better on the telephone. It also reduces wind noise. Placing the instrument closer to the eardrum means less amplification is needed to fit a broader range of hearing impairments.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

This style offers more concealment than the traditional ITE. It fits down in the canal of the ear and is relatively unnoticeable. Today's technology allows this style to fit a broader range of hearing loss.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

This style is custom made to fit in your ear with no wires or tubes coming out of the ear. It is comfortable and will meet a wide variety of hearing impairments.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

This style places the circuitry and microphone behind the ear. It meets a wide range of hearing needs and frequently is used for more severe hearing impairments or steeply sloping hearing impairments where low frequency hearing is normal.

Digital Hearing Aid Technology

Digital hearing instruments are computer programmed for a variety of listening situations and for the individual's hearing loss needs. In layman's terms, the microchip in the hearing aid monitors incoming sounds millions of times per second, translating those sounds into a digital code of ones and zeros -- known as the digital domain. The ones and zeros are processed in the blink of an eye to match your listening needs and requirements. The sound the listener receives is clearer and more audible. The most attractive feature of these new, high tech hearing instruments is that many are completely automatic. The hearing aids automatically adjust the volume, separate high and low frequencies, and manage background noise and feedback while adapting to the environment around you. And if your hearing-loss changes over time, the hearing instruments can be reprogrammed to accommodate those changes.

Manufacturers

There are many hearing instrument manufacturers to choose from. Listed below are links to Web sites for several manufacturers' we use: