All About Hearing Aids: A Guide From Charlotte, NC's Hearing Professionals
Looking to learn more about hearing aids? You’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn more about the most common types of hearing aids available on the market today, and contact our Charlotte, NC hearing center at (704) 912-4422 to learn how you can get yours today.
What Are Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are small electronic devices that are worn in or behind an individual’s ear to help him or hear. To put it simply, all hearing aids consist of a microphone, amplifier, and speaker to pick up audio signals, amplify them, and broadcast them into the listener’s ears. At Hearing Solution Center all of our hearing aids are 100% digital, and are programed to the specific patient’s hearing needs. Below, we’ve put together a short guide to the different types and styles of hearing aids available today.
What Are The Different Types of Hearing Aids?
While all hearing aids work in essentially the same way, there are several styles to choose from, each with their own unique advantages that may make them the right choice for you. You can learn more about these different aids below.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are contained in a small plastic case that rests behind the ear. The case itself is then connected to an ear mold or an earpiece with a piece of clear tubing. BTE hearing aids are frequently chosen for young children because they can accommodate various ear mold types and are thus ideal for a growing child. BTE hearing aids are also durable and easy to clean.
"Mini" BTE (or On-the-Ear) Hearing Aids
Like traditionally BTE aids, mini BTE hearing aids also fit on and behind the ear. However, mini BTE aids are significantly smaller than their traditional counterparts. They use a thin, nearly-invisible tube to connect aid to ear canal and can be configured to use an ear piece for insertion ( also known as open fit), or a traditional ear mold. Mini BTE’s have been shown to reduce occlusion or "plugged up" sensations in the ear canal and increase comfort, reduce feedback and address cosmetic concerns for many hearing
In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
Unlike BTE aids, all parts of an ITE hearing aid are contained in a shell that fills inside the outer part of the ear. Though larger than in-the-canal (ITC) or completely-in-the-canal (CIC) aids, ITE aids are often the most comfortable and effective option for those who don’t respond well to ITC, CIC, or BTE aids.
In-the-Canal (ITC) Aids and Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) Aids
ITC and CIC hearing aids are contained in tiny cases that fit partly or completely into the ear canal respectively. ITC and ICIC hearing aids are the smallest hearing aids available and offer both cosmetic and listening advantages for many wearers. However, their small size may make them difficult to adjust and handle for some (often children and elderly wearers).
Hearing Aids at Hearing Solution Center
If you have questions about hearing aids or how to obtain yours, our hearing professionals at Hearing Solution Center are here to help. Though hearing aids are not covered by Medicare, we offer several financing options to fit any budget. To get started, give us a call today at our Charlotte, NC center at (704) 912-4422 or our Rock Hill, SC center at (803) 232-5997!
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Oticon was founded on a compassion for people — and a deep understanding of the role that hearing plays in living a richer and fuller life. People First is our promise to empower people to communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively.
Phonak's goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Phonak is the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With our creative solutions, we strive to overcome technological limitations - so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life's rich landscapes of sound.
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. Siemens also has a complete line of wireless accessories that connect hearing aids wirelessly to mobile phones, TVs, MP3 players, and other audio devices.
At Widex, we combine years of understanding with a natural curiosity in finding solutions to individual hearing loss. Our uncompromising approach to innovation has led to such advances as the world’s first fully digital in-the-ear hearing aid, as well as our own revolutionary wireless technology.