We’re proud to offer the latest hearing aids from Unitron, Oticon, and other major hearing aid brands. Here are hearing aid products and technologies that we offer.
RIC: Receiver in Canal
Today the most common style on the market is RIC hearing aids. A small microphone unit rests comfortably behind the ear, and sound is transmitted to a speaker tucked into the ear canal through a small cable. RIC hearing aids are quite discreet and can help those with moderate to severe hearing loss.
BTE: Behind the Ear
BTE hearing aids have a similar profile to RIC devices, but the receiver is a part of the ear unit behind it, and a narrow transparent tube provides sound to the ear. BTE hearing aids can support any hearing loss level, but they are primarily used by those with severe hearing loss.
Custom-fit hearing aids
Much like no two people are alike, no two sets of ears are the same. Custom hearing aids have been designed to take advantage of this. Every device is designed and made to match the specific anatomy of the ear of the wearer.
We do this by taking impressions of your ears in our office, and then we send it to a lab to make the mold, which accurately personalizes the hearing aid casing and the components. The effects are hearing aids that fit you more comfortably than traditional hearing aids – hearing aids that are designed just for you.
Direct Bluetooth hearing aids are a relatively new development, and they have revolutionized the industry. Bluetooth-capable hearing aids can connect to a variety of devices, including your smartphone and non-smart phones as well. One of the significant benefits of a Bluetooth hearing aid is that when talking on the phone or using other devices like your tablet or television, you can hear the sound in both hearing aids simultaneously, without any extra devices or wires needed.
Rechargeable hearing aids have become more popular over the years due to the arrival of lithium-ion technology. Hearing aids powered by rechargeable batteries are a great investment and can even save you money on a long-term basis. They are also environmentally friendly!
With advancements in design, they are more straightforward to use than traditional batteries. Many of them have the capability to last the entire day on an overnight charge.
Cell Phone Compatibility
Many hearing aids will now connect to your smartphone to improve your overall hearing experience. Here are some of the features available to you through your smartphone.
Pan the hearing aid sound from left to right.
Shift between hearing aid manufacturer services.
Check for missing hearing aids.
Check the status of the battery.
Control accessories such as TV streaming or remote microphone control.
Direct Audio Streaming
It can be uncomfortable putting over-the-ear headphones over your hearing aids. Fortunately, one of the most significant benefits of Bluetooth connectivity in hearing aids is audio streaming! Imagine being able to take phone calls without taking off your hearing aids! You can also stream your favorite songs, podcasts, and audiobooks straight to your hearing aids from your devices.
Are you struggling to hear what is being said on the TV? Does it seem like the actors are mumbling or the sound is muffled even when the volume is at max? A selection of wireless hearing accessories works together with your existing hearing aids to help you stream the TV audio and visual signal straight to your hearing aids. Each manufacturer provides a different way to link your hearing aids wirelessly to your TV.
Hearing Aid Batteries
We offer hearing aids for all types of batteries. No matter what your hearing aid, we’re sure to have a size that fits. The running time of batteries varies widely. Depending on the hearing aid, the battery’s power, and the amount the hearing aid is used during the day, a typical ‘zinc-air’ battery lasts anywhere from three to 22 days.
Used for 12 to 16 hours a day, the smallest hearing aid batteries will need to be changed every three to four days, while the larger hearing aid batteries used for only a couple of hours a day won’t need to be changed for several weeks.
Here are some tips to help your hearing aid batteries last longer:
Switch the hearing aid off when it’s not in use to reduce drain.
Store batteries at room temperature.
Clean your hands thoroughly before changing the batteries to remove grease and dirt, which can quickly drain the battery.
Your battery should be removed as soon as it has run out of power. A fully discharged battery can swell and become difficult to remove if left in your hearing aid.
Your earwax is a substance that is often underappreciated, much like your eyelashes and your nose hair. The function of earwax is to protect foreign materials from entering your ear canal and eardrum. Dust, bacteria, and other microorganisms are some of the most common outside invaders. The ear canal would be more vulnerable to infections that can irritate and inflame the ears without earwax.
Although earwax is a self-cleaning substance, there are times when your ears develop or hold onto too much earwax, leading to temporary hearing loss and dizziness. That’s why we offer Miracell ProEar.
Miracell ProEar is a liquid ear drop made with a gentle antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-yeast solution meant to provide relief for those with irritated ears. The drops nourish the ear with plant extracts and vitamins for short-term care, so a prescription is not necessary. Also, the drops may help soften ear wax that can obstruct the ear canal.
Assistive Listening Devices
Although we see plenty of benefits to wearing a hearing aid regularly, there are occasions where you might need a little extra help:
Sounds from far away. Sound fades as we pass away from sound sources, making conversations harder to understand.
Places with reverb and echo. Tall, open spaces such as those found in a church or a lecture hall are not always conducive to a comfortable atmosphere for listening. Sound waves appear to bounce off hard surfaces, creating fainter speech sounds and reverberation.
Excessive background noise. Background noise causes distracting sounds, which interferes with your ability to focus on speech. Hearing aid users often resort to raising the volume when they are experiencing trouble in such cases. That, unfortunately, adds to the background noise.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are meant to differentiate and increase the volume of desired sounds.
ALDs achieve this by moving the desired sound closer to your ear. They also contribute to separating the sound from ambient background noise, enhancing the speech-to-noise ratio in noisy environments while not disrupting those close by.
There usually are three components within each ALD: a microphone used to pick up sounds, a transmitter, and an amplifier that raises the volume and sends it to the ear of the user. As people with hearing loss tend to need 15-25 decibels more than the average person to hear clearly, amplification is essential. For a list of the ALDs we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us.