Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. These savvy devices are prescribed by a hearing healthcare specialist. They are designed to transform hearing health by absorbing, amplifying, and processing speech as well as sound. This increases hearing capacity and offers countless life-changing benefits including strengthening communication, relationships, social engagement, and overall health.

Like most of the everyday devices, we use today, hearing aids have experienced significant innovation. Today’s hearing aids offer a range of styles, features, and technologies that allow the device to seamlessly integrate into your daily life. Our team will take the time to get to know your hearing and lifestyle needs, allowing us to recommend options that will be optimal for you.

Man being fitted with hearing aid

How Hearing Aids Work

With many hearing aids to choose from, learning the ins and outs of these devices is a helpful way to navigate your options. Though hearing aids differ when it comes to style and features, all hearing aids are made using the following components:

  • Microphone: a small microphone absorbs sound waves from the environment, converts these soundwaves into electrical signals, and sends them to the amplifier.
  • Amplifier: the amplifier increases the strength, or amplifies, of these signals before sending them to the speaker.
  • Speaker: also known as the receiver, the speaker functions to send the signals its recipes to the inner ear whey they continue to be processed and then sent to the brain.

All hearing aids also have a power source that allows them to operate. These are either dispersible batteries or rechargeable batteries.

Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing aids come in a variety of styles, or types, which describes how the hearing aid is worn. Hearing aid brands use a three-letter acronym to refer to the type of device. Common styles include the following:

BTE
RIC
ITE
IIC

The type of hearing aid that is most suitable for you and your hearing needs depends on a few factors including the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing as well as lifestyle and aesthetic preferences.

Common Hearing Aid Features

Today’s hearing aids also offer a range of features that enhance performance, connectivity, and sound quality. Common features include:

  • Wireless connectivity: uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect to other electronic devices, allowing the hearing aid to stream audio directly.
  • Digital noise reduction: minimizes background noise and clarifies speech.
  • Tinnitus management emits low levels of white noise to mask tinnitus.
  • Apps & virtual assistants: a downloadable app and virtual assistant allows wearers to easily access and manage settings.

Contact us today to learn more about all of the exciting hearing aid options, features, and technologies that are available to support your hearing health.

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