Hearing Devices & Equipment

Have You Heard That Hearing Devices Don’t Work?

Four out of five hearing device users report a significant improvement in their hearing and a dramatic increase in their quality of life. In fact, those users are so pleased with the opportunities that hearing devices have afforded them that they are more than willing to recommend the technology to friends and family members.

 

Digital processing and new technology have addressed most, if not all, complaints related to out-dated hearing devices, including feedback, background noise and the need for constant adjustment.

 

Don’t allow the prejudices of others prevent you from receiving the treatment and care you need. Hearing loss affects patients of all ages. Current trends even show an increase of hearing loss in younger individuals, often due to exposure to loud sounds.

 

We do our best to dispel the rumors about hearing devices, but we’d rather show you than tell you. So, we offer a free trial program to prove to you how great new hearing device technology really is.

 

We currently offer several styles of hearing devices:

 

Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE): RITE instruments combine the cosmetic appeal of ITEs with the amplification of BTEs, making them ideal for enhancing speech without bringing attention to themselves. These devices also allow the ear canal to remain open, which helps avoid any “plugged up” sensation.

 

Behind-the-Ear (BTE): BTE devices provide stronger amplification than smaller devices and are appropriate for more severe cases of hearing loss. The instruments are attached to a custom-made earmold, which then channels sound into the ear canal. There are a variety of color options available to match skin or hair color.

 

hearing aid types

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC): CICs are the smallest type of hearing device available. The components of these instruments are housed within a small case that fits far into the ear canal. These aids are custom-made for each ear, but CICs aren’t for everyone. CICs are ideal for those with large enough ear canals to accommodate the instruments. Because of their size, they require good manual dexterity for care and battery replacements. CICs are not recommended for people with severe hearing loss.

 

Full shell In-the-Ear (ITE): The full shell ITEs can help with a wide range of hearing losses. Their larger size allows them to provide more sound amplification and features such as a manual or automatic telephone switch. Their size also makes them easier to handle and maintain.

 

Half shell In-the-Ear (ITE): The half shell style has the room to offer all of the features provided with the full shell instruments, but in a smaller package. They can be used to treat a wide range of hearing losses.

 

In-the-Canal (ITC): Although they’re slightly bigger, ITC aids fit far into the ear canal like CICs. They can be used for mild to moderate hearing losses.

 

hearing aid types

Are hearing devices right for you? Find out for yourself. Schedule an appointment for a hearing evaluation at any one of our three convenient locations: in Los Gatos, San Jose and Sonoma, California. Our professionally trained audiologists will provide a thorough examination and, if necessary, prescribe a hearing device to fit your needs.