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Hearing Aids:

There are five basic styles of hearing instruments common to most manufacturers. All five styles will help with mild to moderate losses, but if your loss is more severe, choices can be more limited. While size is the most obvious difference, each style has different attributes that are important to consider. Dr. Lundquist will provide you with a recommendation and rationale that is based upon the physiology of your ears and your listening needs.

Depending on your listening needs, there are basically 3 levels of hearing aid technology: entry level, middle level and premium level. The entry level is a basic circuit with minimum noise reduction circuitry. This level is generally for the individual who is home bound or in a nursing home with quiet environments. The middle level has a good noise reduction circuit that is very beneficial for those who are more active. The premium level has the most advanced circuitry with an excellent noise reduction circuit for active lifestyles.

Open ear and Receiver in the Canal (RIC)hearing aid

These are the newest style of hearing aids. They are small and sleek but powerful enough to fit those with even a more severe hearing loss. These instruments are equipped with dual microphones to handle most listening environments.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

hearing aidBehind-the-ear instruments have a plastic housing for the components which rests behind the ear. A clear plastic tube channels amplified sound through an earmold in the ear canal. This model is every bit as sophisticated as smaller hearing instruments. In fact, it can hold more circuitry and amplify sounds to a greater degree than in-the-ear types. BTE aids can be more durable than the custom in the ear styles. A dual microphone system can be installed in this model to improve hearing in noisy environments.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

hearing aidIn-the-canal (ITC) instruments are smaller still, with a shell that fits down into the ear canal, and a smaller portion facing out into the outer ear. They are discreet, yet still visible within the outer ear. Depending on space, a dual microphone system can be installed to improve hearing in noisy environments.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

hearing aidIn-the-ear instruments (ITE) house their components in a custom-formed shell that fits within the outer portion of the ear. Its size and easy-to-use controls also may also be helpful for those individuals with limited manual dexterity. A dual microphone system can be installed in this model to improve hearing in noisy environments.

Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC)

hearing aidThe newest generation of hearing instruments consists of those that fit completely in the canal (CIC). Barely visible—and then only if someone is peering into your ear—the only clue to their existence is the head of a tiny plastic line with which you insert or remove the instrument. CICs are popular for their aesthetic appeal, but the physiology of some individuals’ ears (i.e., a very narrow canal) may make this style unsuitable for placement.

Our Equipment

Yearly calibrations are performed on all our test equipments. Audiometric (hearing) examinations are performed in a sound treated booth using the GSI 16 Audiometer with insert earphones for better test results, GSI 33 Middle Ear Analyzer and Otodynamics Otoport – Clinical for Otoacoustic Emissions Testing on infants, children and adults.

The SCAN C – 3 software is used to evaluate Auditory Processing Disorder in children.

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