It can be easy to live with a hearing condition once you’ve gotten used to it. You may have to stay home more often, or avoid talking to people in public, but does that really do any lasting damage?
Unfortunately, yes. The longer a hearing condition goes untreated, the harder it is for your brain to comprehend certain sounds because it no longer hears them every day. While it’s natural to want to avoid the problem, confronting hearing loss as soon as possible will make it much easier to treat the condition.
A Simple Device That Restores More Than Your Hearing
At Collier Otolaryngology Hearing Center, we have seen patients transform from the moment they turn their hearing aids on. Patients can hear sounds they have completely forgotten about, bringing joy to everyday activities such as driving and watching television. Our patients report that they enjoy gathering with friends and family, feel more confident at work, and have rediscovered the pleasures of life—all by choosing to correct their hearing.
We offer a wide selection of digital hearing aid devices, including:
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE). The main compartment of this hearing aid is hidden behind your ear, and connected with a thin tube to a molded receiver that fits snugly in the ear. These hearing aids offer push-button selection from multiple programs for specific performance situations and easy access to a volume control. Your hearing healthcare professional can help you determine whether you prefer fully automatic hearing aids with no manual adjustments, or hearing aids that offer full control.
- Over-the-Ear (OTE). This type of BTE aid fits similarly on the ear, but is smaller. A very thin, almost invisible tube is used to connect the device to the ear canal. These devices either have a comfortable ear piece for insertion, or can be custom-molded to the wearer’s ear. Many patients choose OTEs to reduce the “plugged up” sensation in the ear canal, increase comfort, and decrease feedback.
- Receiver-in-Canal / Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIC / RITE). An RIC hearing aid has two parts, connected by a thin tube, but the receiver is placed within the ear canal instead of in the main compartment. Since the receiver is no longer behind the ear, the compartment is very small, light, and inconspicuous.
- In-the-Ear (ITE). This device is a single molded piece, with all of the parts of the aid contained in a shell that sits in the outer part of the ear. Since these are larger than canal aids, they are easier to handle than smaller aids and allow quick access to volume controls.
- In-the-Canal (ITC). In-the-canal hearing aids are smaller and less visible than ITE devices. The hearing aid is molded to the inner canal so that the sound is naturally funneled through the hearing aid. ITCs are lightweight and come in a variety of colors to match each wearer’s skin tone.
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC). These aids are contained in a tiny, flesh-toned compartment that fits partly or completely into the ear canal. They are the smallest aids available, and are nearly invisible to the naked eye.
Find the Right Hearing Aid for You, Not Your Condition
No two people have exactly the same type of hearing loss. At Collier Otolaryngology Hearing Center, we can walk you through our high-tech devices and accessories to find the right combination that suits your unique hearing needs. We offer flexible financing options and accept CareCredit, ensuring that our patients can choose the device they want rather than the one that fits their budget. Call or visit us today to take control of your hearing loss for good!