Hearing Aids

What is a Hearing Aid?

A hearing aid is a device designed for individuals who are hard of hearing. It amplifies sound, making it easier for people to understand conversations and sounds around them. Each hearing aid is custom-programmed based on a comprehensive hearing assessment, considering the specific frequencies in which hearing loss occurs.

Benefits of Using a Hearing Aid

Individuals with hearing difficulties often experience feelings of isolation and disconnection due to their limited participation in conversations at home, school, and work. Hearing aids enhance auditory perception, enabling clear hearing of all sounds. By facilitating social connections with family, friends, and colleagues, these devices combat social withdrawal. Additionally, hearing aids help keep individuals mentally active by stimulating their brain and memory cells. Research has shown that using hearing aids can prevent cognitive decline in hearing-impaired adults.

Different Types of Hearing Aids

1. Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids:

BTE hearing aids deliver excellent results for flat hearing loss. They are comfortable for users of all ages, including children and the elderly. This type of aid yields optimal outcomes for severe hearing loss. BTE devices are durable and some models even offer wireless technology, making them a practical choice. The fitting range for this device is 25dB – 90dB. BTE hearing aids can also help mask tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

2. Receiver-in-The-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids:

RIC hearing aids are ideal for sloping hearing loss. They are less noticeable compared to BTE devices. Modern advancements include rechargeable RIC models that eliminate the need for battery replacement. The fitting range for this device is 25dB – 80dB. RIC hearing aids can also help mask tinnitus.

3. Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids:

CIC hearing aids are discreet and commonly preferred by younger individuals due to their cosmetic advantage. The fitting range for this device is 25dB – 70dB. However, CIC devices do not support Bluetooth connectivity, which means accessories cannot be connected. Like other types of hearing aids, CIC models can also help mask tinnitus.

4. Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) Hearing Aids:

IIC hearing aids are inserted deep into the ear canal, making them virtually invisible. The appropriateness of this device depends on the size of the ear canal. The fitting range for this device is 25dB – 70dB. IIC hearing aids can also help mask tinnitus.

At our center, we provide a comprehensive audiology setup for evaluating hearing loss. We offer counseling support and dispense leading and comfortable brands of hearing aids. Our dedicated team is ready to assist patients with their hearing evaluations and guide them in choosing the best hearing aid for their needs.

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