At HearCare Audiology, we offer you the opportunity to trial hearing aids on the same day of your hearing test. We can customize a set of trial hearing aids, giving you two full weeks to test them in everyday situations. This is an easy way to determine if hearing aids are for you.
HEARING AID BENEFITS
Most people with a hearing loss will benefit from significantly improved communication and will be able to confidently return to a full and active lifestyle. With a hearing device, most people can hear their family and friends more easily and enjoy being in group conversations without asking people to repeat themselves all the time. They can watch TV at a normal volume, hear warning signals and more easily participate in phone conversations. Quality of life suffers when hearing impairment is left untreated. Hearing assistance improves quality of life and reduces the negative impact of hearing loss. Another benefit is preserving the quality of your hearing and reducing the risk of auditory deprivation. As a result of a continued lack of sound stimulation, auditory deprivation, the brain gradually loses some of its ability to process information including speech. Auditory deprivation most often occurs when the ear goes unaided over a long period of time – so the earlier you start, the better your chances are of minimizing this risk.
HEARING AID TYPES
IN-THE-EAR HEARING AIDS
In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aids, also called custom hearing aids, are available in various sizes. To fit an ITE, we will need to take an impression of your ear canal to be sent to a manufacturer. The hearing aids are built in a custom shell that is made specifically for you. The available sizes will depend on several factors, including the degree of hearing loss, dexterity, desired battery life, size of the ear, and cosmetic concerns. We will create a custom-made ITE that suits your preferences, so you enjoy crisp, clear sounds for everyday situations.
The smallest option with maximum cosmetic appeal because it fits deep inside the ear. Because of their small size, they are usually more limited in function – they generally do not have wireless connectivity options.
One of the smallest options available for custom hearing aids. People who choose this style want a very discreet device. Due to their size, they are more limited in terms of power so they may not be fit for all hearing losses.
This is the mid-sized ITE option. Despite being more discreet and having a shorter battery life than full shell devices, it can still accommodate on-board controls and be compatible with remote controls. There are also rechargeable models available.
The largest size for an ITE hearing aid, these devices can accommodate larger degrees of hearing loss, have easy-to-manage controls and simple to change batteries. There are also rechargeable models available.
BEHIND-THE-EAR HEARING AIDS
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids, like their ITE counterparts, also come in a variety of sizes. The same general rule applies that the larger the hearing aid, the more powerful it is; therefore, the greater the degree of hearing loss it can accommodate. BTE hearing aids can also require a custom piece called an earmold that will sit in the ear canal to anchor the device while the actual hearing aid sits behind the earlobe. We can offer you a hearing aid trial, allowing you to determine if you wish to have your own brand-new model.
RECEIVER-IN-CANAL (RIC) & RECHARGEABLE
The smallest BTE hearing aids, offering support for those with mild to severe hearing loss. The speaker sits in the ear canal, and the microphone and remaining components site behind the ear, making it very discreet. There are rechargeable models available.
The largest BTE hearing aids available, these devices are suitable for those with severe to profound hearing loss. It has a long-life battery while being more durable and requiring fewer repairs as the electronic components are outside the ear.