Hearing aids have come a long way from the days of clunky devices that couldn't separate out background sounds. Patients also had to continuously push a button to operate them. Today's digital hearing aids work automatically and can significantly decrease background noises and amplify speech.
There is a wide range of types of hearing aids, each designed to help different types of hearing loss. There are also different quality and price levels for hearing aids. At Ear To Ear Hearing Solutions, we recommend the product that best matches your needs for comfort, operability, improved hearing and price.
Dr. Prather recommends hearing aids designed for particular placement in or around the ear, depending on the nature and degree of the patient's hearing loss.
These hearing aid products include:
- The World's First and Only 100% Invisible Device
- Completely in the Canal (CIC)
- Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC)
- Mini Canal (MC)
- In the Canal (ITC)
- Half Shell (HS)
- In the Ear (ITE)
- Behind the Ear (BTE)
- Open Fit Mini (OFM)
After completing a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation, Dr. Prather discusses hearing aid options with the patient. By understanding both the nature of the hearing loss and the patient's comfort level with different types of hearing aids, Dr. Prather makes a few recommendations that meet the patients' hearing quality and price parameters. Once a specific product has been selected, she conducts a fitting to make sure the device fits comfortably in or around the ear and augments the patient's hearing.
All hearing aids come with a 30 day trial period so to ensure the right selection and fit.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are several different styles of hearing aids available:
- Behind-The-Ear: A hearing aid held within a case that sits behind the ear.
- In-The-Ear: A hearing aid held within a case that covers the outer portion of the ear.
- In-The-Canal: A hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal so it’s less visible.
- Receiver-In-Canal: Similar to the behind-the-ear aids, the aid speaker sits inside the ear canal and an electrical wire is used to reduce distortion.
- Extended Wear: These aids are placed inside the ear canal and worn for months on end without being removed. They are ideal for active individuals.
If you want to hear more clearly, then it’s time to find out more about the hearing aids we offer and what they could do for your hearing!
To learn for yourself about the portability, quality and comfort available through today's hearing aids, please call us at (630) 305-0537 or click here to request an appointment with Dr. Prather at our Naperville, IL office.