There is a hearing aid suitable for everyone. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, the lifestyle you live and the cosmetic appeal you desire, HCVA can assist you in finding the most effective device.
Receiver-In-the-Ear (RITE) and "Slim Tube" hearing devices are the most unobtrusive type of hearing instrument currently available. This style keeps the ear canal open to reduce any plugged-up sensation. The appropriateness of these hearing devices is limited based on the degree of hearing loss.
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) instruments are appropriate for hearing losses from mild to profound. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs and a tele-coil for compatibility are available for these models. This style is best suited for pediatric patients and individuals with excessive moisture and accumulative cerumen (earwax).
A custom In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing instrument fills the outer portion of the ear. This style is appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses and may include features such as directional microphones, multiple listening programs, and a tele-coil.
The In-The-Canal (ITC) style hearing instrument is a smaller model than the full-shell ITE and is appropriate for hearing losses from mild to moderately severe. Options are limited due to size restrictions. Good manual dexterity is more important for this style.
The Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) hearing instrument is almost invisible. If cosmetic appeal is important, many have found this to be the best device for them. The appropriateness of this style hearing instrument is limited based on a persons degree of hearing loss and manual dexterity.
Hearing aid wireless connectivity enables people with hearing loss, for the first time, to experience easy access to the world of electronically transmitted sounds from Bluetooth-enabled phones and other popular electronic devices such as MP3 players and computers. With the addition of a companion device, for example the Epoq StreamerStreamer from Oticon shown right, a pair of hearing aids become the equivalent of a hands-free intelligent headset without having to attach bulky devices or wires to the hearing instrument.
The Bluetooth technology is most commonly used with RITE or BTE devices but it can also be paired with larger custom products. Contact us for more information.
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