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Select the Right Hearing Aid Technology to Fit Your Unique Needs, Lifestyle, and Budget
Having invented the most widely used hearing aid in the world, it is fair to say that Dr. Bauman, an engineer and an audiologist, and his team, are well informed with the ins and outs of today’s hearing aid technology as well as with the ability to provide you not only with the most suitable device but most importantly with the programming/adjustments to the hearing aids to give you the most optimal hearing outcome.
Consequently, we are in a position to provide the highest level of insight into the auditory system, the part of the brain associated with speech and language, and the electronics of hearing devices that provide the best solution for your unique hearing issues.
Despite the significant progression in hearing technology over the past decade, the World Health Organization predicts that 83% of people who would benefit from hearing technology are still reluctant to take the first step toward better hearing.
Most people think of the bulky, heavy, frustrating contraptions their parents or grandparents wore when prescription hearing aids are mentioned, continuing to keep this outdated stigma alive. In reality, today’s hearing technology is incredibly small, lightweight, discreet, powerful, and smart.
Instead of simply magnifying the sounds you hear, modern hearing aids process sound by separating background noise from speech and reproducing speech with a clarity that will amplify your life, maximizing your interactions with family, friends, and neighbors.
Many modern hearing aids also include wireless connectivity capabilities, allowing you to directly link your smartphone, television, computer, and other digital devices to your hearing aids for an enhanced hearing experience.
Fitting You with the Right Hearing Instrument
We recognize that each of our patients has unique hearing needs, lifestyles, and personal preferences, so taking a “one size fits all” approach to hearing aids is never in your best interest. Using the information from your hearing assessment which also identifies your preferred levels of listening as well as levels which you find uncomfortable, your audiologist will (help) identify and explain why the right hearing instrument(s) that matches your specific set of circumstances, including your budget is most optimal for your hearing and lifestyle needs.
AVI New England carries a wide variety of instruments with cutting-edge technology from major manufacturers from which to choose. So, your audiologist will educate you on the various benefits and drawbacks of each style and model of hearing instrument capable of meeting your unique hearing requirements as well as their various features so you can make an informed choice when you select your hearing aid.
We do not just “stick” a hearing aid in your ear and shove you out the door. Our fitting process includes objective verification, speech mapping/real ear measurements, and ongoing care and evaluation to ensure complete satisfaction.
Ongoing care after fitting includes encouragement while you adjust to your device as well as troubleshooting and technical support, maintenance, tune-ups, and repair. Most importantly, we prepare your “brain” to adapt and accept your new way of hearing through your hearing aids. Your brain adaptation is very crucial in the process of your new hearing journey. Our understanding of the principles of neuroscience has aided us to counsel you through the acceptance of a modified way of hearing via new hearing aids.
Choose from Among the Various
Styles of Prescription Hearing Aids
- Receiver-In-The-Canal (RITC)
- Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)
- Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)
- In-The-Canal (ITC)
- In-The-Ear (ITE)
- Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
- Over The Counter (OTC)
RITC is the world’s most popular style, developed by Dr. Bauman, places the receiver, or speaker inside the ear canal, which connects to a behind the ear unit using electrical wires instead of acoustical tubing. Suitable for any level of hearing loss severity, RITC instruments reduce distortion and produce a more natural sound experience.
Designed for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss, IIC hearing aids are custom-fitted to insert deep into the ear canal; a huge advantage for the style-conscious wearer. Fine dexterity is essential for being able to insert and extract these devices.
Similar to IICs, these hearing aids are custom formed to fit inside your ear canal, but not as deep. These devices also require fine dexterity for inserting and extracting and provide adequate sound processing for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Individuals with mild to mildly severe hearing loss might choose an ITC hearing aid, which is custom formed to the outer portion of your ear canal. They are a bit easier to insert and extract than the two smaller styles but are still a discrete choice.
ITE hearing aids fit into the ear’s outer entrance and provide adequate sound processing for individuals with mild to severe hearing loss. A major advantage of this style is that its high-powered technology is in a single piece, eliminating interference issues with eyeglasses or oxygen cannulas.
The technology of BTE hearing aids is housed in a behind-the-ear casing, which transmits processed sound through acoustical tubing to an earpiece fitted into the ear canal. Suitable for all levels of hearing loss severity, this style is a more traditional approach to hearing aids.
Over The Counter (OTC)
These pioneering hearing-enhancing earbuds have been specifically engineered with advanced medical-grade technology, to help you focus on what you want to listen to, without just turning up the volume.
The innovative design uses 4 dedicated microphones to reduce background noise and improve speech clarity, so whether you’re chatting with your partner in a busy café or catching up with friends over dinner, the sounds that matter will be crystal-clear.
A Hearing Assessment Is Critical in Choosing the Right Hearing Aid
The internet and the prevalence of hearing aid dispensers allow people to assume they can self-diagnose and self-treat hearing loss with an Over the Counter, (OTC) hearing device. Self-diagnosis and treatment has the potential to cause serious health risks through overamplification and possibly triggering tinnitus (ringing in the ear) or under amplification causing frustration and a decision not to seek professional care from a trained professional audiologist.
In order to choose a hearing instrument that will solve your hearing challenges rather than exacerbate them, it is critical to schedule a hearing assessment with a professional audiologist who is trained to provide individualized care.