Prescription Hearing Aids with Ongoing Support from a Hearing Professional
“The general population perceives individuals with hearing loss as being old, cognitively diminished, poor communication partners and generally uninteresting,” reports a study in the Hearing Review.
Those experiencing a hearing loss typically complain that they are too embarrassed to wear hearing aids, feel like they look disabled, and/or that people make fun of you. However, those fixed on these points of view are thinking of the bulky devices their parents or grandparents used to wear rather than those in today’s market.
Like cellphone technology, hearing aid technology has progressed rapidly over the past couple of decades, making it possible for hearing aid manufacturers to produce devices that are smaller, lighter, more stylish, and more discreet. Modern hearing aids are packed with digital technology with much greater processing power to produce natural sound clarity, control background noise, eliminate feedback, and enhance speech.
Additional hearing aid technologies include long-lasting rechargeable batteries and the capacity to connect digital devices, such as your cellphone, television, and computer, directly to your hearing device. Once you’ve eliminated the stigma surrounding hearing aids, you’re probably wondering,
“Is there somewhere I can get my hands on these advanced technology hearing aids near me?”
The Denton Hearing Health Care audiologists have access to the world’s most advanced technology hearing aids for individuals throughout North Texas who need a little help with their hearing.
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We Partner with Major Hearing Aid Manufacturers
In order to help our patients find the right hearing aids to fit their unique needs and lifestyle, we partner with brand name manufacturers, such as:
Hearing Aid Selection and Ongoing Support
You won’t be at a loss when it comes to a variety of sizes, colors, costs, and designs, with different levels of technology and features to choose from. What might be difficult is selecting the right one, but our hearing care professionals will guide you through the process of selecting your device by considering your needs and preferences, such as:
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid Styles
BTE hearing aids include a processing unit that rests behind the ear. This style transmits processed sounds from the processing unit to the earmold, eartip, or speaker by using acoustical tubing or small electrical wires, depending on the specific type. They usually have greater processing power than ITE devices and have manual programming buttons and/or dials.
BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features. Processed sound passes through acoustical tubing to an earmold that can be custom formed to match the contours of the outer ear canal.
Mini BTEs hide behind the outer ear and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn't occlude it. Known as “open fitting,” airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip.
RIC models are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the eartip instead of in the main body of the instrument. RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.
In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid Styles
ITE hearing aids combine the processor and speaker of the hearing aid in a single casing. The variation between different types of ITE hearing aids involves its size and where it is positioned in the ear. They are often favored by those who wear glasses or use an oxygen cannula as well as those who desire increased wearing discretion.
Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features, such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they're widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.
ITC instruments sit inside the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they're slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life and can host additional features, such as directional microphones, for better understanding in noisy environments and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.
A smaller custom style, CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They work for those with a mild-to-moderate hearing loss and offer high cosmetic appeal, as they're nearly invisible when worn.
The smallest custom style, IIC instruments, sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are specifically designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do hearing aids work?
A. Hearing aids go through three basic processes.
- Microphones receive sounds and speech from the surrounding environment.
- Sound is digitally processed and amplified to meet the specific needs of the user.
- Processed sound is transmitted to the receiver or speaker in the user’s ear.
Q. How do I know if hearing aids are right for me?
A. Some of the most common signs that you might be experiencing a hearing loss include:
- Asking people to repeat themselves more frequently
- Struggling to understand conversations in a noisy environment
- Often mishearing certain words
- Believing that everyone around you is mumbling
- Having friends and loved ones telling you to turn down the TV
- Struggling to understand phone conversations
- Experiencing a constant ringing or buzzing in your ears
- Regularly hearing others saying, “You need to get your ears checked.”
If these issues are a permanent problem in your life, hearing aids can help limit any damage that has already occurred while making it possible to get back to living the quality of life you’ve gotten used to, but your first step is to know the truth about your hearing with a comprehensive hearing assessment.
Q. How do hearing aids help?
A. If you are experiencing a hearing loss, wearing hearing aids can slow the progression of hearing deterioration, limit cognitive decline, alleviate tinnitus symptoms, and help correct balance and vertigo issues.
Q. How long do hearing aids last?
A. Most hearing aids last five to seven years if they are well taken care of (daily cleaning, regular scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, and repair), but in order to take advantage of the newest technologies in a rapidly developing industry, most audiologists advise their patients to upgrade every five years.
Q. Are hearing aids covered by insurance?
A. There’s really no easy answer to this one. Hearing aids are a significant investment capable of transforming your life, but figuring out how to pay for hearing aids is a challenge faced by individuals who might benefit from the better hearing boost they provide, especially those living on a fixed income.
Each insurance company has a variety of packages with or without added riders and specific rules and limitations related to their coverage as well as requirements related to deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses before your coverage kicks in. You may need some extra help navigating through the fine print of your policy in order to learn if you have coverage for your hearing aids.
Q. Which hearing aids are the best?
A. The best hearing aid is the one that addresses the unique hearing challenges of each patient as well as their personal and budget preferences, but there are so many different types and models of hearing aids to choose from, it is difficult to determine which ones are best for each individual. Consequently, selecting the best hearing aid to meet all of your needs is best accomplished by seeking the help of a hearing care expert, such as Denton Hearing Health Care.
Schedule a Comprehensive Hearing Assessment
There are plenty of opportunities to self-diagnose and self-treat your hearing challenges in today’s world, but if you purchase a hearing device online or over the counter, you increase your risk of doing additional damage to your hearing with the wrong or poorly programmed device.
Your safer option is to consult a licensed audiologist like those at Denton Hearing Health Care for a comprehensive, professional hearing assessment, proper device selection, proper fitting, and ongoing support.
If you wish to solve rather than exacerbate your hearing challenges, start a hearing care partnership with our doctors of audiology by submitting the adjacent form to schedule a hearing assessment.
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