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Hearing Aids Overview

Today, hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes. Deciding which one is right for you may seem daunting, so we have prepared this guide to help you choose the right type. Whether you want a small and discreet design or something convenient and straightforward to manage, we have something to appeal to all.  

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

RICs are small devices with the speaker (receiver) located in the ear canal and the electronics located in a shell placed behind the ear. You can use them with a custom earmold or a small rubber ear dome. RICs are designed to suit moderate to severe hearing loss.  

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

These are among the most common hearing aid styles. They are built with most of the electronic components in a case that sits behind the ear. The sound is transmitted to the earpiece by a short plastic tube and an ear hook. The tube sends sound to the eardrum through an earpiece. While chatting, the user’s voice sounds more regular, and when they eat and drink while wearing a BTE, it is not as loud. BTE hearing aids also carry a more comprehensive range of features and have the most extended battery life out of any hearing aid type.  

Custom-fit hearing aids

Did you know that our ears are so unique that they consider their dimensions in place of fingerprints? We offer custom hearing aids at Digicare Hearing Solutions. Each system is designed and made to match the particular anatomy of the wearer’s ear. We take impressions of your ears in our office and then send them to a laboratory to make the mold, which customizes the hearing aid casing and the components accurately to your unique ear shape. The results are hearing aids that fit you much better than standard hearing aids, ensuring superior sound.  

Hearing Aid Features

Bluetooth

Hearing aids can now connect to your computer, TV, music players, and a host of other devices with the power of Bluetooth technology. Now, Bluetooth hearing aids will direct these audio signals to your hearing aid, allowing you to stream content straight to your ear from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Several hearing aids even let you stream phone calls to your ear, too! Three types of Bluetooth hearing aids are available:
  • ‘Made for iPhone’: these can connect directly with your Apple iPhone.
  • ‘Made for any phone’: These will connect directly to all smartphones.
  • A Streamer: You can use a separate hearing aid accessory (often called a streamer) to connect to your devices and directly stream the sound to your hearing aids.
 

Rechargeable Batteries

The introduction of lithium-ion batteries has meant that rechargeable hearing aids can last for an entire day before needing to be recharged. All you do is put your hearing aid at night in its charger and wake up to a fully charged device. This makes rechargeable hearing aids more convenient, better for the environment, and means you don’t have to slip a hearing aid battery into your pocket before leaving the house. Smart Control To enhance your overall hearing experience, several hearing aids will now connect to your smartphone. Here are some of the features available to you:
  • Control the volume settings.
  • Adjust the bass, mids and treble.
  • Check for missing hearing aids.
  • Check the status of the battery.
  • Control accessories such as TV streaming or remote microphone control.
 

TV Streaming

If a hearing loss happens to you or someone in your household, TV volume conflicts can transpire regularly. Fortunately, many manufacturers of hearing aids have TV streamers that are sold separately. Stream audio directly from your TV or another source of electronic audio to your hearing aids. They are often simple to use, supporting both analog and digital sources of input. Never have a TV volume-related argument again!

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