The audiology staff at Northeast Georgia ENT are trusted providers in all types of hearing aids. Our audiologists will meticulously fit each patient with the appropriate hearing aids for their specific hearing deficits. Some common types of hearing aids include:
Traditional BTE: The main part of the hearing aid sits behind the ear as sound travels into the ear canal, through a plastic tube that is connected to a molded piece of plastic that fits inside the ear. This type of hearing aid is ideal for those with mild to profound hearing loss.
Open Fit or Receiver in the Canal (RIC): This type of hearing aid is similar to the BTE, but uses a smaller tube to transfer sound into the ear. This style is currently our most popular and is preferred by many because of cosmetics, comfort, and more natural sound quality for most sounds, inclduing the patient’s own voice.
Full shell ITE (ITE): This hearing aid type fits completely in the outer ear. Some ITEs have certain features built in such as the ability to work with telephone amplifiers.
In-the-Canal (ITC): This hearing aid was developed to fit inside a person’s ear canal. Many choose this particular hearing aid type because it is difficult for others to see it. ITC is ideal for those with mild or moderate hearing loss.
Completely-in-Canal (CIC): This is a very popular hearing aid type by many because it is virtually unseen by others. This hearing aid fits completely inside the ear canal.
Hearing aids have come a long way and today’s models are packed full of advanced features that make wearing them a breeze!
Your lifestyle is a very important factor when choosing the right hearing aid. To get the most out of your appointment, you should consider the environments you are in that are most affected by your hearing loss. When you consider your lifestyle and personal needs, it will be easier to determine the best hearing aid(s) for you.
Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth Hearing Aids, Smartphone Apps, and More
Hearing aids have come a very long way in terms of design and usability. Smart hearing aids are the most popular and effective treatment option for any type of hearing loss because they offer automatic functionality. This allows users to interact with their environment naturally while the device’s algorithms enhance desired sound in real time. With smart hearing aids, you can easily synchronize all your devices (whether it be a smartphone, tablet or even your smart tv!) and navigate between audio sources with ease without sacrificing discretion or audio quality. Plus, hearing aid design has become sleeker and more modern, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with clunky models. You can move forward with your life and hear better than ever before!
Smartphone Apps Offer Customized Hearing Experience
Part of what makes this wireless connectivity so incredible is the ease of use that comes along with your advanced hearing aid. In most cases, you can install an app onto your smartphone that allows you to adjust the volume or change the settings of your hearing aid. You can create a customized hearing experience depending on the environment you’re in, all with the discreet and simple action of touching the screen of your phone.
Wireless Capabilities with Bluetooth
Wireless features also work to improve your hearing ability and the ease in which you can communicate with others. Many hearing aids can link to your phone via Bluetooth technology to provide clear and crisp conversations. By streaming directly to your aids, you remove the possibility of feedback or asking people to repeat themselves. Other audio activities like enjoying podcasts, audiobooks, listening to music, and more can also stream directly to your devices, allowing you to enjoy your favorite hobbies once again.
Cost of Hearing Aids
The price of hearing aid solutions is based on several factors so the cost of hearing aids can range. Criteria that can affect the price of hearing aids include:
There really is no one-size-fits-all option in terms of hearing aids so it is not easy to determine a flat cost that applies to everyone because it is important to purchase a hearing aid that offers you what you need in terms of style, usability and features so you can get the most personal benefit out of your investment. Hearing aids can and will change your life if you choose the option that works best for you long-term.
Which Hearing Aid is Right for You?
With the ever-growing list of options these days, selecting the best hearing aid for your needs can seem daunting. Many factors will determine the best model of hearing aid for you, including your unique hearing ability, lifestyle requirements, budget, and preferences for specific features and hearing aid styles. You can trust that we’re experts at making this an easy and straightforward process so you can find a hearing aid that best suits you.
The first step to finding the right hearing aids for you comes with a hearing evaluation, allowing us to determine exactly which features will work the best for you. If it is determined that you would benefit from a hearing aid, we will be happy to discuss all of your options with you in detail, so you feel comfortable with your decision.
Choosing between the different types of hearing aids can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to seek medical assistance. Our audiologists will provide extensive counseling on types of hearing aids, how to use and care for your hearing aids and their warranty information. If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may be in need of a hearing aid. Contact Northeast Georgia ENT today to schedule an appointment.
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