Advanced Prescription Hearing Aid Technology That Delivers Enormous Benefits
Like most, you probably cling to the outdated stigma of prescription hearing aids based on the ugly, bulky, and heavy devices your parents or grandparents struggled with.
However, today’s hearing aid technology is worlds away from what it was even ten years ago.
Like the innovations that have improved the performance and size of your smartphone, prescription hearing aid technology has rapidly progressed over the past decade, affecting the size and processing capacity of modern hearing instruments.
Smaller, lighter, more stylish, and discreet, often invisible, are all features of modern prescription hearing aids, but they also come with greatly improved processing power that was unheard of at the beginning of the 21st century.
In addition to being able to produce more natural-sounding clarity, modern devices can help control background noise, include advanced features like long-lasting rechargeable batteries, and have the capacity to stream sound from your smartphone, television, computer, and other digital devices directly into your hearing aids.
Audicles Partners With Major Hearing Aid Manufacturers
The choices we offer our patients include a broad range of technologies from brand name manufacturers, like:
With so many available options, you’ll appreciate the help our hearing aid specialists provide while you choose the style and options that you want.
We’ll Help You Choose
Because today’s technology also makes it possible for hearing aids to come in a variety of different sizes and colors as well as variations in cost, design, and features, you might be overwhelmed by the choices, which is why our hearing aid specialists are eager to help you find the device that best suits your needs, such as:
- Power requirements to meet the severity of your hearing loss
- Your manual dexterity and visual capabilities
- The budget you have to work with
- Wearing discretion and cosmetic concerns
- Skin sensitivities
- Anatomical/medical considerations
FAQs About Hearing Aids
Q. How Will I Know If I Need A Hearing Aid?
A. Your family may have noticed you do not hear as well as you did before, and they’ll begin advising you to have your hearing checked. Other indicators include struggling to communicate well with others or keeping up with your typical lifestyle, but the only way to know for sure is to consult an audiologist for a professional, comprehensive hearing assessment.
Q. Will A Hearing Aid Restore My Hearing To Normal?
A. No. Hearing aids are “aids” that make things easier to hear through sound processing and amplification. They cannot restore the natural functioning of your ear. Though they can slow it down, hearing aids also do not prevent the progression of hearing loss over time.
Q. How Long Will My Hearing Aid Last?
A. The service life of a hearing aid is between five to six years. Though plenty of TLC, tune-ups, and repair can extend their life, most audiologists recommend upgrading every five years in order to take advantage of the newest technologies made available.
Q. Do Hearing Aids Use Special Batteries?
A. Most modern hearing aids use zinc-air batteries that are made specifically for hearing aids. They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different devices, but you can usually find the ones you need in most pharmacies and grocery stores.
Q. How Long Do Hearing Aid Batteries Last?
A. The length of time a hearing aid battery will last depends on the type of battery and how many hours per day you wear your hearing aid. Smaller batteries usually need to be replaced weekly, while larger batteries may last two to three weeks.
Q. How Long Does It Take To Get Used To A Hearing Aid?
A. There’s no way we can accurately predict how you are going to adapt to your hearing aids because each person’s experience is unique. The new sounds and amplification are a shock to the central auditory system of your brain, which needs some time to relearn how to process information it has never heard before or has not heard for many years.
Most manufacturers allow a 60-day trial period that allows you time to adjust to your hearing aids and evaluate their benefits. During this time, ongoing adjustments and support can help speed up the process.
Q. Why Do Hearing Aids Cost So Much?
A. Hearing aids are sold in relatively low volume (about 1.7 million hearing aids for some 30 million people with hearing loss), meaning that manufacturers must sell them at a higher cost to meet costs of production. Production cost includes the amount of time and money spent by manufacturers on research and development, which is considerable. The industry standard one- to two-year warranty for loss and repairs also has an effect on the purchase price.
Different Styles Of Hearing Aids
Invisible In The Canal (IIC)
IIC instruments are the smallest custom style on the market today. They rest invisibly in, just beyond the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are specifically designed for those with mild to moderate hearing losses in mind.
CIC instruments are custom styled to fit completely inside the ear canal but not as deep as IIC devices. They are suitable for mild to moderate hearing losses. As they’re nearly invisible when worn, many people find them cosmetically appealing.
ITC instruments are placed in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, and they are comfortable and easy to use. Their larger size provides for longer battery life and can accommodate additional features, such as directional microphones – quite useful for better understanding in loud environments – and volume controls. They are a good fit for mild to moderate hearing losses.
Full shell models are placed flush within the outer ear bowl. Their larger size means more manual control and features like directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the device and come with larger batteries for increased power and longer service life. Because of their range of options, they’re highly recommended for mild to severe hearing losses and are popular with individuals who wear glasses or use oxygen cannula.
The RIC models are like mini BTEs and look quite similar to them when worn. The main difference is that their speaker is incorporated into the ear tip rather than the main unit of the device. RICs are good for mild to severe hearing losses.
BTE With Earmold
Though BTEs with earmolds look like traditional hearing aids, their digital processing capabilities make them the most powerful hearing aids available, suitable for wearers with mild to profound hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear, and they come with a broad range of features, including a program button and volume control. The earmold and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, will determine how they will look on each individual.
A Hearing Assessment Is An Essential Part Of Choosing The Right Prescription Hearing Aid
The internet and the prevalence of hearing aid dispensers allow people to self-diagnose and self-treat with an OTC hearing device. However, the potential to cause severe damage to your hearing is high. A professional audiologist can help you avoid paying for something that might do more harm than good through a comprehensive hearing assessment.
To choose a hearing instrument that will solve your hearing challenges rather than exacerbate them, use the adjacent form to schedule a hearing assessment with one of our doctors of audiology.
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