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HEARING AID OPTIONS

Hearing aids have come a long way since the ear trumpet. There are now choices that range from virtually unseen “in the ear” hearing aids to the more conventional over the hear hearing aids. With so many options available, we always provide a little overview of the different types. Ultimately, the type of hearing aid you buy depends on your own hearing needs and the lifestyle you live. The best way to pick your ideal hearing aid out the hundreds of options available is to seek guidance from your local hearing experts.


The Newest Hearing Aids

The advancement of technology has had a tremendous impact on the way hearing aids feel, look, and perform. They can be small enough to be virtually invisible to onlookers, “cool” looking enough that you will not care if they are seen, and so natural sounding that they mimic the way you used to hear before experiencing your own hearing loss.

There is no secret, digital hearing aids account for the majority of hearing aids sold worldwide. The quality of the sound is astounding and will give you the confidence that you made the right hearing aid choice.


Digital Hearing Aid Features

• Dual microphones: Allows for better hearing in noisy settings. Some hearing aids can even identify the source of the noise and reduce it!

• Feedback cancellation: Cancels feedback before hearing it as an annoying whistle!

• Open technology: Keeps the ear unobstructed to eliminate the ‘talking in barrel” effect.

• Hands-free technology: Automatically adjusts to your environment, for example, if you are on the phone, in a crowd or in a windy area.

• Wireless technology: Allows you to hear your TV, cell phone, or home phone in stereo…Directly through your hearing aid.

Digital hearing aids can act on soft sounds and loud sounds in completely different fashions. The more advanced the digital chip, the more bands it will process. Some digital hearing aids have the capabilities to reduce some environment noises such as clanging dishes or running motors.


There are Four Basic Technology Levels:

• Economy

• Basic

• Advanced

• Best

Each level offers digital hearing solutions based on your budget, level of hearing loss and of course, lifestyle. With so many options available, we are confident in our ability to find you the ideal hearing aid.


The Newest Hearing Aids

Conventional hearing aids are simply just amplifiers that feature manual tuning and volume control. These hearing aids are ideal for easy listening environments such as watching TV, one on one conversations… essentially quiet environments because the sounds present are typically amplified in the same way. This technology provides limited flexibility in meeting an individual’s need.


Why Wireless Hearing Aids Are So Popular

Wireless hearing aids pair with a handheld device, like your smart phone, connects you directly and wirelessly to the sounds you need to hear, like your TV.

This technology picks up the sound you wish to hear and dampens the sounds that are distracting to your main focus. You will not need to scream into your cell phone, crank up the volume on the TV, and won’t miss out on the things you enjoy most.

Each person is unique which means the hearing aids you buy need to be selected, fitted and programmed to each individual’s needs. Texas State Hearing Aid Device Center can do just that so that and help you live your life and hear better with the correct hearing aid.


WHICH TYPE OF HEARING AID IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids: A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an ear mold that fits in your ear canal. This type is appropriate for people of all ages and those with almost any type of hearing loss.

In the Canal (IC) Hearing Aids: Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids are the smallest custom hearing aids available. They are designed and sculptured to fit entirely inside your ear canal (external auditory meatus) and are therefore almost, if not completely, invisible.

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids: In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are designed to fit in the outer ear and are very easy to handle. ... To ensure a perfect fit, ITE aids are typically custom made based on an impression of the wearer's ear and ear canal. This high degree of customization means that ITE aids are usually very comfortable to wear.

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids: Essentially invisible and maintenance free. This type of hearing aid combines the concealment of our In the Canal hearing aid with the convenience of wearing them for extended periods of times.

Receiver in the Ear (RIC) Hearing Aids: RIC hearing aids have a microphone and sound processor housed in a casing which sits behind the ear. This behind the ear portion of the hearing aid has a small wire running around the ear and into ear canal, which is known as the “receiver” and has a speaker on the end of it which sits in the ear canal. Visibility isn’t a problem. You can attend business meetings, parties and other social events without anyone even knowing that you are wearing hearing aids. The small hard plastic casing on this device is often hidden behind the ear or underneath your hair.


Special Hearing Aid Features

Many of our devices come with specific programming features that include noise management features, automatic adjustments, ear to ear communication, function controls, directional microphones, wireless Bluetooth controls, music programs and telecoil. The telecoil feature is useful in public spaces with induction loop systems. Our hearing professionals are here for your very own consultation to discuss which features fit your needs.