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Hearing Aids Denver
Time:2016-11-10

The Truth about Hearing Aids

There are so many different hearing aids out there that it can be overwhelming with all of the information available online, in the newspaper, and on TV. If you are new to hearing aids or have been wearing the same pair for too long, you have found the right place. We are one of a very few completely independent audiology practices in Colorado.

Why is that important to you? Most hearing aid providers are either owned by a hearing aid manufacturer, or they borrowed money from them. There are also many practices that purchase their hearing aids through “buying groups” where they commit to purchasing preset quantities. The problem with each of these scenarios is that the provider is faced with a conflict of loyalties between the patient and the manufacturer or buying group.

At Sound Relief Hearing Center, our focus is solely on the patient and what is best for them. We are family owned; we haven’t borrowed money from anyone; and we don’t buy our hearing aids though buying groups. With the freedom and expertise to fit the best technology available today, we know you will have the best experience and outcome with Sound Relief Hearing Center.

Daily Wear Hearing Aids

Daily wear hearing aids are something that you can wear during the day and take out at night as needed. Speak with one of our specialists to find out if daily wear hearing aids are the right solution for you.

There are three basic styles of daily wear hearing aids. They differ by size, their placement on or inside the ear, and the degree to which they amplify sound.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids consist of a hard plastic case worn behind the ear and connected to a plastic ear mold that fits inside the outer ear. The electronic parts are held in the case behind the ear. Sound travels from the hearing aid through the ear mold and into the ear. BTE aids are used by people of all ages for mild to profound hearing loss. A new kind of BTE aid is an open-fit hearing aid. Small, open-fit aids fit behind the ear completely, with only a narrow tube inserted into the ear canal, enabling the canal to remain open. For this reason, open-fit hearing aids may be a good choice for people who experience a buildup of earwax, since this type of aid is less likely to be damaged by such substances. In addition, some people may prefer the open-fit hearing aid because their perception of their voice does not sound plugged up.

In the Ear Hearing Aids

In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aids fit completely inside the outer ear and are used for mild to severe hearing loss. The case holding the electronic components is made of hard plastic. Some ITE aids may have certain added features installed, such as a telecoil. A telecoil is a small magnetic coil that allows users to receive sound through the circuitry of the hearing aid, rather than through its microphone. This makes it easier to hear conversations over the telephone. A telecoil also helps people hear in public facilities that have installed special sound systems, called induction loop systems. Induction loop systems can be found in many churches, schools, airports, and auditoriums. ITE aids usually are not worn by young children because the casings need to be replaced often as the ear grows.

Canal Hearing Aids

Canal aids fit into the ear canal and are available in two styles. The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is made to fit the size and shape of a person’s ear canal. A completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid is nearly hidden in the ear canal and some newer models are nearly invisible. Both types are used for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Because they are small, canal aids may be difficult for a person to adjust and remove. In addition, canal aids have less space available for batteries and additional devices, such as a telecoil. They usually are not recommended for young children or for people with severe to profound hearing loss because their reduced size limits their power and volume.

Digital Hearing Aid Features

  • Dual microphones allow you to hear better in noisy situations. Some can even identify the source of the noise & reduce it!
  • Open technology that keeps the ear canal unobstructed eliminates that “talking in a barrel” effect.
  • Feedback cancellation does just that! It cancels feedback BEFORE you hear it as an annoying whistle.
  • Hands free technology automatically adjusts to your listening environment whether you are on the phone, in a crowd or in wind.
  • Your digital hearing aid can be programmed with a computer to meet your individualized needs over time.