There are many choices across a number of different hearing aid manufacturers. Navigating this landscape can be confusing and overwhelming. We have training and many years of experience working with these manufacturers, each bringing different technologies and features to the table. We will help you make sense of all of your choices and select the right set of features to address your unique listening needs.
We are able to dispense and service most major makes and models of hearing aids including Oticon, Widex, Starkey, Siemens, Resound, Unitron and Phonak.
Make and model is not everything. While getting appropriately featured hearing instruments for your hearing profile and lifestyle is important, it is probably more important that the instrument is fit with expertise using the latest methods, and that the patient receives the follow-up care required during their adjustment period.
Basic digital hearing aids may require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In contrast, a more advanced hearing aid responds automatically to changes in the listener's environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of the technology increases in hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.
Hearing Aid Technology
The technological advancements of the digital revolution have enabled hearing aids to evolve from cumbersome, electronic devices to lightweight, compact mechanisms that can be tough to see but make it easy to hear. Hearing aids of today can be so inconspicuous that they easily go unnoticed, or designed to be so stylish that you hope everyone notices. No matter which variety you choose, today’s digital hearing aids will have you hearing like you used to, before the hearing loss.
Hearing Aids Explained
Dr. Sandi Ybarra discusses the question "what is the best hearing aid on the market?" Your hearing experience is unique to you much like your fingerprint. Dr. Ybarra discusses the process for matching you with the correct hearing aid and helping your overall hearing experience.
Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today's hearing aids are considered sleek, compact and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
Various hearing aid styles we offer:
- In the ear (ITE) or full shell: These devices are custom-fit to sit in the outer portion of the ear canal and are ideal for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- Invisible in canal (IIC): These hearing aids fit deeper in the canal to provide an “invisible” appearance. They are ideal for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- Completely in canal (CIC): Custom-made to fit completely in the ear canal, these device have a small handle that sits outside the canal for insertion and removal. These hearing aids are designed for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC): These devices are made to sit inside the canal with a small portion of the hearing aid visible at the opening of the ear. They are ideal for individuals with mild-to-mildly-severe hearing loss.
- Behind the ear (BTE): The bodies of these hearing aids are worn behind the ear with a small receiver in the ear connected by a slim tube. They are ideal for individuals with mild to severe hearing loss.
- Mini BTE with slim tube and tip: The same build as a behind-the-ear device, but smaller and more discreet. Ideal for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- BTE with earmolds: Worn behind the ear, but utilizes an earmold for a custom fit and to boost listening experience. These devices are designed for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- Receiver-in-canal (RIC): Similar to a BTE and ITC, the receiver sits in the ear and this device comes in miniature styles. Ideal for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing Associates provides our patients with Rayovac Proline batteries – the best batteries available. These batteries are mercury-free and made in the USA. Rayovac batteries are consistent in performance, allowing you to predict when your batteries will need to be replaced.
Hearing Aid Reviews
According to Consumer Reports dated February 2014, the best hearing aid for you depends on the severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your manual dexterity.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid
A bone-anchored hearing aid (Baha) is a type of hearing aid based on bone conduction. It is primarily suited to people who have conductive hearing losses, unilateral hearing losses, and people with mixed hearing losses who cannot otherwise wear "in the ear" or "behind the ear" hearing aids.
A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The cochlear implant is often referred to as a bionic ear.
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.
ReSound provides excellent sound by offering innovative hearing solutions that combine original thinking and design with solid technology - all based on deep audiological insight and understanding of hearing aid users.
Signia offers a broad range of hearing aids for every lifestyle and all configurations of hearing loss—including completely invisible, waterproof, and rechargeable hearing aids. Signia also has a complete line of wireless accessories that connect hearing aids wirelessly to mobile phones, TVs, MP3 players, and other audio devices.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is much more than the hearing aids we produce. We are in the business of connecting people and changing lives. We believe being able to hear the world and the people around us is as essential to the human experience as breathing.
For our hearing healthcare professional partners, we deliver an exceptional customer experience based on renowned personal service. For their patients, we create products that make a real difference in people’s lives.
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.