Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Overview


When selecting your new hearing aids, there are so many things to consider that you might begin to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, Evergreen Audiology is here to guide you through the decision-making journey from start to finish. We are committed to helping you find the hearing technology that is sure to bring the greatest benefit to your life, and there are several key factors that we will take into account in this process:
  • What is your level of hearing loss?

    Your hearing test will give us useful insight into whether your loss is mild, moderate, severe or profound, and this will help us determine the best course of treatment.

  • What are your aesthetic preferences?

    Are you comfortable with a hearing aid that is somewhat visible in the ear, or do you want something completely discreet? Keeping your comfort and personal tastes in mind, we will help you select the style that makes you feel your best.

  • What is your hearing lifestyle?

    The type of activities that you take part in on a daily basis are an important consideration in choosing your hearing aids. We will ask you questions to find out if your hearing lifestyle is:

  • Quiet [adult conversations, small gatherings, driving, quiet restaurants, religious services, a home telephone, etc.]

  • Active [shopping, group meetings, the theater, conversations with children, exercising, a cell phone, etc.]

  • Dynamic [busy restaurants, frequent social gatherings, entertainment venues, travel, group presentations, etc.]
  • What is your budget?

    Last but not least, we’ll work with you to find hearing aids that fit within your budgetary requirements.

 

Hearing Aid Overview



When selecting your new hearing aids, there are so many things to consider that you might begin to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, Evergreen Audiology is here to guide you through the decision-making journey from start to finish. We are committed to helping you find the hearing technology that is sure to bring the greatest benefit to your life, and there are several key factors that we will take into account in this process:

  • What is your level of hearing loss?

    Your hearing test will give us useful insight into whether your loss is mild, moderate, severe or profound, and this will help us determine the best course of treatment.

  • What are your aesthetic preferences?

    Are you comfortable with a hearing aid that is somewhat visible in the ear, or do you want something completely discreet? Keeping your comfort and personal tastes in mind, we will help you select the style that makes you feel your best.

  • What is your hearing lifestyle?

    The type of activities that you take part in on a daily basis are an important consideration in choosing your hearing aids. We will ask you questions to find out if your hearing lifestyle is:

  • Quiet [adult conversations, small gatherings, driving, quiet restaurants, religious services, a home telephone, etc.]

  • Active [shopping, group meetings, the theater, conversations with children, exercising, a cell phone, etc.]

  • Dynamic [busy restaurants, frequent social gatherings, entertainment venues, travel, group presentations, etc.]
  • What is your budget?

    Last but not least, we’ll work with you to find hearing aids that fit within your budgetary requirements.

 

Hearing Aid Styles

Now that you know a bit more about the selection process, here is a brief overview of the styles and features available in the hearing devices on the market today.

The style of a hearing aid refers to how the device looks and the way it fits in your ear, as opposed to the features that it offers. Here are the most common styles.

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Invisible-In-Canal

The tiniest and most discreet hearing aid option, these devices fit all the way inside your ear canal and are custom molded. For a majority of people, these are completely invisible to others.

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Completely-In-Canal

Another great discreet hearing aid option, these devices are also custom molded and fit completely inside your ear canal. While not completely invisible, CICs are subtle enough for most people and often feature a button which allows you to change the program/memory/or volume manually, as well as a tiny handle for easy removal.

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In-The-Canal

Still discreet but a bit larger and easier to handle, an In-The-Canal hearing aid sits mostly inside the ear canal while a smaller portion of the device sits in the outer ear and is subtly visible.

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In-The-Ear

Custom-made for the wearer, durable and easy to adjust, In-The-Ear devices sit mostly in the outer ear. These are the most visible of the hearing aid styles and are available in half shell or full shell styles.

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Receiver-In-Canal

The body of this type of hearing aid sits behind the outer ear, while a small, comfortable earbud-like receiver sits inside the ear canal without sealing it. The body of the hearing aid (which houses the technology) and the earbud portion are connected by a very thin, subtle wire.

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Behind-The-Ear

These hearing aids are quite similar to RIC models, with the key difference being that Behind-The-Ear styles make use of a plastic tubing to connect the body of the hearing aid to the receiver.

Hearing Aid Features

Thanks to a flurry of technological innovation in recent years, there is now an abundance of features which can help to reduce listening effort and make daily life more seamless for hearing aid wearers. Here are some of the most common and in-demand features on the market today.

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Speech Understanding

How will my new hearing aids help me to understand conversation more easily in the presence of background noise? This is one of the most important questions to ask yourself and your hearing healthcare provider when considering different devices. Every hearing aid will include features which assist with speech understanding, yet they may differ in the technology they use to achieve this goal. Some devices have even been designed to work more naturally with the sound processing center of the brain to reduce listening effort.

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Direct Connectivity

Many hearing aid wearers today want devices that can make their lives easier by multi-tasking, much the same way that their smartphones do. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of hearing aid models that can wirelessly connect to other devices so that wearers can stream music, watch TV or answer phone calls, all through their hearing aids. This is often achieved through Bluetooth technology, special connectivity devices, or technology within the hearing aid itself.

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Rechargeable Batteries

Growing in popularity in recent years, rechargeability is an excellent feature which offers improved ease-of-use for those who don’t want to fuss with changing hearing aid batteries, or users with dexterity issues. The majority of manufacturers offer one or more options for rechargeable hearing aids, which can be charged while you sleep and provide 24 (or more!) hours of wear-time.

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Tinnitus Therapy

Tinnitus–a ringing or buzzing in the ears with no external source–is a very common secondary health issue for those with hearing loss. To help address this complaint, many digital hearing aids today feature tinnitus therapy programs which help to mask the sounds so that wearers can feel at ease.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers

Unlike the competition, Evergreen Audiology works with all of the leading hearing aid manufacturers to ensure our clients have the widest selection of devices to choose from. These manufacturers include Starkey, ReSound, Oticon, Signia, Phonak, and Widex.

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Our team at Evergreen Audiology is excited to help you discover greater hearing and a better quality of life. Contact us today to schedule your hearing exam and personal consultation!

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