After audiological diagnosis is complete and if an aidable hearing loss is detected, the professionals at the HEAR Center will recommend the most appropriate amplification (hearing aids) for your unique needs.
HEAR Center is proud to work with several of the industry’s largest manufacturers, including Oticon, Phonak, Widex, GN ReSound, and Siemens. We work with the latest technology, including “Made for iPhone” hearing aids. Hearing aids may be as simple or as complicated as your needs demand, and we are happy to help you find what works for you or your child. Audiologists are able to program hearing aids for children with hearing loss as young as infancy, to give the best access to speech and facilitate speech and language development.
There are multiple different styles of hearing aids. See below for more information.
Traditional BTE aids consist of two parts: the plastic case that sits behind the ear, containing the electronic components, and the tubing and earmold that is worn inside the ear to hold the aid in place and guide the sound to the eardrum. The earmold is custom made by first taking an ear impression, which is then sent to a laboratory to be manufactured. BTE aids are often recommended for those with significant hearing loss, as well as young children. A BTE can be modified so that instead of an earmold and a thick tube, a typically “universal” rubber dome is placed onto a thin tube that is attached to the hearing aid case. This style allows your ear canal to be less occluded compared to using a custom earmold. It is recommended for less severe types of hearing loss, and provides a discreet appearance.
A RIC looks similar to a BTE aid using a thin tube. However, instead of the “speaker” of the hearing aid being inside of the BTE case, sending the sound through the thin tube and then into the ear canal, the speaker is located inside of the ear canal, placing the amplified sound right by the eardrum.
Custom aids are shaped to each ear, and all of the hearing aid components are contained in one piece, no external parts. An ear impression is obtained first to customize the physical fit, and then sent to the manufacturer to create. Custom aids come in a range of sizes, from in-the-ear aids that fill the concha or “bowl” of the ear, to smaller sizes that fill only the ear canal.