Hearing technology has experienced rapid and considerable change in recent years. Advances in technology have made hearing devices more cosmetically appealing, capable of delivering high quality digital sound, more automated and easier to use, more comfortable and available in many options.
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Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) / Open-Fit Over-The-Ear Devices (OTE)
This style of hearing device is a popular choice thanks to its inconspicuous nature, comfort, and excellent sound quality. The receiver is built into a soft open dome and placed inside the ear canal with thin electrical wires replacing the acoustic tube of conventional BTEs.
In-The-Canal Devices (ITC)
In this style, including invisible-in-the-canal and completely-in-the-canal devices, are custom fit and nearly invisible. These devices can be removed and reinserted daily by the user, but doing so requires some dexterity.
In-The-Ear Devices (ITE)
These hearing devices fit the bowl of the outer ear (concha) and are custom-fit for the individual. Usually visible when facing another person, ITEs can accommodate larger sound amplifiers and offer more features. Their size makes them easier to handle as well.
Behind-The-Ear Devices (BTE)
In general, BTEs are more powerful than smaller hearing devices due to the stronger amplifier and larger battery. In these devices, the electronics sit behind the ear and the sound is directed through a tube into the ear canal. Also offered in a miniature size.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
These are portable systems that help individuals with hearing loss communicate more effectively. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sounds, ALDs work by separating speech from background noise.
A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that bypasses damaged hair cells in the ear and provides electrical stimulation directly to the auditory nerve, giving patients who are severely hearing impaired or profoundly deaf the ability to hear.
Your hearing solution doesn’t end when we fit your with your new technology. Our audiologist is available to make any adjustments you may need and to ensure your new hearing devices are functioning properly.
For many patients, speech comprehension and hearing rehabilitation are ongoing processes. Our team will help you design the best plan of care to suit your individual needs.