After a hearing test and evaluation by Dr. Story, patients are often recommended a hearing aid. These devices are small electronic wonders. They can be tuned for any hearing situation and are small computers capable of self-adjusting and even communicating through Wi-Fi connections like Bluetooth.
Choosing a hearing aid can be daunting. There are many brands and styles to choose from. Each type has a specific purpose, but we help each patient find the right one for their needs. Hearing devices are categorized by their shape and location in the ear. With this in mind, let’s look at the types of hearing aids:
- Completely in canal: These are usually the smallest available devices. They sit inside the ear and provide hearing amplification as a single unit.
- In the canal: ITC units have some part of the device showing on the outside of the ear canal. These usually have a larger battery or amplifier that completely-in-the-ear hearing aids.
- In the ear: ITE devices are slightly larger still and cover some of the outer ear other than the canal.
- Receiver in the canal: This hearing aid is in two pieces connected by small wires. The battery is worn outside the ear.
- Behind the ear: BTE units have battery and amplifier units behind the ear and a receiver in the ear. They are connected by wires or tubes.
Why are there so many sizes? Well, each hearing problem is different and unique to each patient. People with severe hearing loss generally need more powerful hearing appliances, which in turn require larger batteries and amplifiers.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Here are some of our hearing aid manufacturers and the products we recommend:
We have all heard of smart phone and smart televisions. Well, Resound offers Smart Hearing to hearing aid manufacturing. The LiNX 3D hearing aid adapts to your hearing environments and specializes in helping recognize speech in noisy areas. The device has a surround sound feature that allows users to concentrate on hearing only the speech they want to hear. Wearers can also control this device through an app on their smart phones.
Another product by Resound is the ENZO 3D. This hearing aid is for severe hearing loss and helps reduce unwanted sound and helps patients focus on wanted sound. Surround directionality in the ENZO 3D means that patients hear speech more clearly in all sound environments, the company said.
The OPn device by Oticon is a powerful behind-the-ear device that can be connected to Bluetooth on any smart phone. It is available with soundsupport™ that helps mask tinnitus noise. Oticon’s Sensei line was developed for children and its Dynamo hearing aid is the most powerful unit available in its size.
The Widex Evoke is a smart hearing aid that learns from its environment and helps wearers hear speech in all noise areas. The hearing device can be personalized using a smart phone. SoundSense Learn™ programs train the device to react in a certain behavior like loudness and masking sounds. The Widex Custom is an inside-the-ear-canal device custom made to your needs.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is much more than the hearing aids we produce. We are in the business of connecting people and changing lives. We believe being able to hear the world and the people around us is as essential to the human experience as breathing.
Signia/Siemens offers a broad range of hearing aids for every lifestyle and all configurations of hearing loss—including completely invisible, waterproof, and rechargeable hearing aids. Signia/Siemens also has a complete line of wireless accessories that connect hearing aids wirelessly to mobile phones, TVs, MP3 players, and other audio devices.
Call Montezuma Hearing Clinic today to find out more. We can answer all your questions about the newest hearing aid technology.