If your hearing is impaired, then you will certainly benefit from a hearing aid. The amount of improvement you receive from a hearing aid depends on several factors:
- Length of time that hearing issues have gone untreated
- Residual hearing ability and speech discrimination, including word-recognition ability
- Overall health, especially regarding diabetes, stroke and kidney disease
- Your adaptability to change
Hearing loss and hearing rehabilitation are both gradual processes. Patience is important, since it may take some time before you receive the maximum benefit from a hearing aid.
Making the right choices
If your hearing is impaired, choosing the best hearing-healthcare professional can make a huge difference in your life: The right hearing aid recommendation and fitting can make the difference between hearing, and not hearing. If you choose the best hearing experts, they can help you choose the best hearing aid.
When we suggest a hearing aid for you, it’s based on the results of the hearing tests as well as your budget, lifestyle and other factors. It’s an important decision, so we promise to give you all the information you’ll need to make the best choices for your hearing.
Style and technology
As background information, here’s a summary list of today’s leading hearing-aid technologies and styles:
Invisible-in-canal hearing aids are completely invisible during use. This type of hearing aid is 100% invisible, and is designed to be removed overnight. The instrument is placed deep in the ear canal, which ensures that sound travels quickly and forcefully to your eardrum.
Invisible during use
- Allows clear hearing even in noisy conditions
- Sculpted to fit your ear canal
- Highest-definition quality of sound
- Designed for daily wear, and overnight removal
Completely-in-the-canal microelectronic technology allows you to wear this kind of hearing aid deep inside the ear canal. CIC’s are tiny, so they’re nearly invisible during use.
- Cosmetically appealing, since they’re so small
- Programmable with automatic or push-button settings
- Require manual dexterity in order to be placed in the ears
In-the-canal hearing aids are somewhat smaller than the ITE style (below). They’re also custom-made to precisely fit the size and shape of your ear canal.
- Barely visible during use
- Easy to use with phones
- May be difficult to fit small ears
In-the-ear hearing aids are custom-made to fit comfortably inside your ear. They’re slightly larger than some other types of hearing aids.
- Easy to insert into ears
- Easy-to-operate volume control and other features
- Improve mild-to-severe hearing loss
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are placed behind the ear, and the amplified sound waves pass through a tube to the custom-made earmold that rests behind your ear.
- Offer more power than some other types of hearing aids
- Larger and easier to use than some other kinds of hearing aids
- Durable for active people
- Suitable for all types of hearing loss
Over-the-ear hearing aids are similar to the behind-the-ear types, yet they are smaller and less noticeable. The OTE style houses the electronics in a tiny case which hooks over the top of your ear and is hidden in back of the ear, in the same place where your eyeglasses rest. A tiny, clear tube carries sound to the ear bud that rests inconspicuously in your ear canal.
- Easy to select, program and fit during a single visit to San Rafael Hearing Center
- Discreet and low-profile
- Doesn’t require any custom molding to fit your ear
Receiver-in-canal (also called open-ear) hearing aids are a new design that reduces or eliminates echoes and feelings of being “plugged up.” This style is easy to wear, and almost unnoticeable.
- Improves many types of hearing loss
- Offers the best flexibility for programming
- Durable and water-resistant
Nowadays, there are many good options to solve hearing problems. If you or a family member isn’t hearing as well as you would like, the first step is to contact us for a hearing test. You’ll be surprised at the powerful new technologies that are now available to improve hearing.