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Hearing Aids

Listening isn’t always easy, but don’t let hearing loss keep you from enjoying conversations, movies or music. Your ears and your hearing deserve the best professional care possible. Why trust them to anyone but an audiologist (with a Masters or Doctoral degree) or and Ear, Nose and Throat doctor? At SPA, we give you both!

Allow our team of audiologists to carefully and compassionately select the right hearing aid solution for you. These days, there are literally hundreds of hearing aid companies competing for your business. Unlike some sales outfits, we are not tied into any one manufacturer. We can help you navigate the options, styles, and price points to help you choose the right hearing aid for your needs, lifestyle and budget.

Hearing Aid services are available at all Specialty Physician ENT locations.

Choosing your hearing aid
Hearing Aid Girl

Steps to Obtaining a Hearing Aid

  1. Examination of your ears by one of our experts — our experienced ear, nose and throat doctors and physician assistants can clear your ears of any wax, exam for any medically treatable abnormalities as well as do a thorough head and neck examination.
  2. A thorough and precise hearing evaluation by one of our audiologists — this will include measurements of how clear you hear words when they are presented comfortably loud, and in a standardized format (recorded voice). We also may measure your comfort and discomfort levels for different pitches to make your hearing aid more comfortable for you.
  3. A hearing aid evaluation — provided at no cost to you, where we can discuss your hearing results, gather information about your listening needs, and look at various styles and technology levels. Our audiologists will assure that you can manipulate the style you choose, from the battery to the insertion in your ear, and review benefits and limitations of both the style and the technology level. Your hearing aids are then ordered and will arrive on location within 2-10 days.
  4. Hearing aid fitting appointment — An hour-long session in which you will be taught how to operate the hearing aids, how to clean them, and how to change the batteries. Your audiologist will set goals as to what you should expect to hear, and may perform real ear measurements where a small microphone is placed in your ear to measure sound in your ear canal with and without the hearing aids in place. Your spouse or significant other is encouraged to attend this session to ask their own questions, to help orient you to your new aids, and so you may experience their voice through your new instruments. You will also receive cleaning tools and an instruction booklet that is useful to you, particularly during the first weeks of owning your new hearing aids.
  5. Follow up appointments — scheduled to fine tune your hearing aids according to your listening experiences, answer any questions, and review their cleaning and maintenance. At Specialty Physician Associates we want to see you get THE BEST possible use of your hearing aids, and will encourage you to return for adjustments, etc. at no charge.

 Styles of Hearing Aids

BTE Hearing Aid

Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

BTE hearing aids, while the largest, are also the most powerful. Their plastic casing hides behind your ear and attaches to a custom made earmold that we will order to blend in with your ear skin. The BTE hearing aid can come with many programming features including telecoil, automatic programming, volume or programming controls and alert signals. The BTE is suitable for a wide range of hearing losses.

ITE hearing aid

Completely in the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

At Specialty Physician Associates our CIC hearing aids are our smallest, most invisible custom hearing aid products. Fitting snug into your ear canal, these tiny hearing aids range from 1-3 cm long – now that’s small! So, too, is the battery so expect to change the battery more frequently. Also, only one microphone will fit on these instruments, unlike our other hearing aids that we order with two per hearing aid for better directionality and help in background noise. CIC’s are beneficial for individuals with mild to moderately severe hearing losses.

ITE Hearing Aid

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

This type of hearing aid is especially helpful for individuals with dexterity challenges and can meet the hearing needs of individuals with mild to severe hearing losses. ITE hearing aids are custom made and the entire hearing aid is molded to match the contours of your outer ear, and you won’t have to worry about this hearing aid slipping off or falling out.

RIC Hearing Aid

Receiver in the Ear (RIC) Hearing Aids

In RIC hearing aids, the speaker (receiver) goes directly and invisibly into your ear canal. It connects via an ultra-thin wire to the remainder of the hearing aid which is hidden behind the ear or underneath your hair. It can also come Bluetooth enabled so you can easily connect your RIC hearing aids to your phone or iPad. Like the BTE, these devices have a wide range of programming options but are so light and comfortable you barely feel the hearing aid is there! This type of hearing aid can easily be tailored to meet the needs of individuals with mild to severe hearing losses.