Digital Hearing Aid Styles & Technology
Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, styles and technologies. Which one is right for you? That answer depends on your individual hearing loss and your personal listening needs.
We will work with you to determine the very best solution for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.
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Hearing aids are a lot different than they were even five years ago. If you're picturing a really obvious instrument that sits on your ear and whistles, you're in for a very pleasant surprise! Modern hearing aids are tiny (in some cases virtually invisible!), sophisticated devices with an array of special functions that can "zoom in" on sounds you want to hear and "cancel out" noise that makes it difficult to understand conversation. Plus, they can be programmed to suit your personal listening needs. If you like to attend the theater, eat in restaurants, have a family barbecue, go to a basketball game, run marathons—we can work with you to find a hearing aid that fits YOUR lifestyle.
RIC hearing instruments feature the same barely visible, comfortable fit as “open fit” instruments. However, the receiver that delivers the sound processed by the hearing device is placed inside the ear canal, resulting in more natural sound. Traditional “open fit” or BTE devices channel the sound from the hearing instrument itself through an acoustic tube, which can cause distortion.
Open Fit or Open Ear
“Open fit” instruments are comfortable to wear, offer a wide array of features, and people barely notice you are wearing them. The “open fit” device is a tiny instrument that sits behind the ear and delivers sound through a thin acoustic tube. An added benefit of “open fit” instruments is that a custom ear mold is not required.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
Canal Style or In The Canal (ITC)
Full Shell – In the Ear (ITE)
These instruments fit slightly in the canal and fill the ear with a shell. This style is a good option for those with dexterity issues.
Behind the Ear (BTE)
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Digital Hearing Aids are adjusted via a computer connection, provide the most flexibility, allowing the audiologist to custom fit the response of the device to a specific hearing loss. We will help you choose the best instrument according to your needs and your budget. Hearing aids have developed from "clunky ear prosthetics" to amazingly sophisticated devices that can be both comfortable and virtually invisible. Depending on the level of technology that you prefer, modern hearing devices have the ability to:
- digitally process sound in a way that sounds very natural.
- adapt and automatically adjust to different listening environments.
- filter out background noise to focus on the sounds you want to hear.
- be programmed to suit the types of listening environments you experience.
- connect wirelessly to your TV, cell phone, MP3 player and more.
After we provide you with our recommendations to help you hear better and answer your questions, we'll provide you with recommendations for the hearing instruments that are best suited to your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.
We dispense a variety of hearing instruments, including entry level to premium level digital, from leading manufacturers to ensure that we are able to provide our patients with the most options and benefits.
We also fit most other manufacturers and brands based on lifestyle, needs and budget. Please ask us if you have a question about a specific manufacturer or brand. We also offer an extensive complement of assistive listening devices with Bluetooth® connectivity.
What often keeps people from reconnecting with conversations and the other sounds of life they have been missing out on is a concern that they can't afford hearing aids. We will work with you to find the best solution for your budget.
Our Satisfied Patients Say It Best
"When I was given the hearing aids for the first time, it was as if a door to the outside world opened. People, especially women and children, were speaking where I could understand them much better than before. I could hear birds and crickets which I had not been able to hear. My quality of life was much better from the very first day I had the devices.
All the people at Dalton ENT Hearing Center are knowledgeable and very courteous. My doctor, Jack Hitchens, always seems to have my best interest in mind as he developed the best hearing programs for my devices. It is a no-brainer to recommend this facility to my friends.
I would ask someone unsure about trying hearing aids, “what can you lose by trying the hearing devices?” There is no down side, except maybe the expense, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. The devices are so small now that you really have to look for them to see them. There is just no reason not to try them.
I would be happy to talk to anyone who is considering hearing aids. I will say that the devices are aids and not a total correction of all hearing problems, but at least my wife does not have to tell me things two and three times now. My hearing aids have saved a lot of frustration in our marriage and conversations with other people, especially women and children. I have had no second thoughts!!!"
"The hearing aids made me able to participate more actively in my new environment and be more sociable.
The service has been excellent from examination, to providing help with choosing, purchasing, and adapting to the aids.
Don’t hesitate! Do it. Life after hearing better is precious and ought not to be put off."
"I am now able to carry on a conversation with several people and can hear each one. I no longer have to say, 'huh' or, 'what did you say?'
The ability to hear adds so much to the quality of life for us as well as our family and friends. It would be worth the cost just for the safety hearing can provide.
I no longer have to have the TV turned high enough for my neighbors to hear."