About Hearing Aids
Many hearing aid options improve your quality of life in hearing-specific situations:
- Noise Reduction. Microphones pick up sounds coming from in front of you better than coming from behind or beside you. This technology improves your ability to hear when you’re in an environment with a lot of background noise. Most hearing aids automatically adjust microphone settings based on noise levels.
- Speech Enhancement. Hearing aids can now analyze the environment to increase the volume of the speech slightly more than the noise. This way, you hear others’ voices and information that you want to hear more than the background noise you want to tune out.
- Rechargeable Aids. This technology makes it easier to operate your aids. Many manufacturers are following the trend of offering a rechargeable option in their line of hearing aids. These hearing aids offer the same benefits of traditional hearing aids, but without the added cost and hassle of disposable batteries.
- Innovative Technology. Many hearing aids can transmit sound from Bluetooth devices, such as cell phones. These hearing aids wirelessly pick up Bluetooth signals from compatible devices, allowing for hands-free communication. Additionally, many manufacturer apps act as a remote control to operate your hearing aids straight from your phone.
- Accessories. Most manufacturers also offer additional devices to improve your listening experience when watching television or in especially noisy environments, like a restaurant.
St. Anthony’s Audiology and Hearing Center is proud to partner with a variety of manufacturers; as a result, we provide our patients with the most appropriate amplification for hearing needs. We encourage you to call us and/or schedule an appointment to further discuss your options and available hearing-loss solutions.
Hearing Aid Styles & Features
Hearing aids contain many of the same parts in which to carry sound from the environment into your ear. However, hearing aids come in a variety of styles, sizes, and fittings.
Some hearing aids fit partially in your ear canal; others are small enough to fit inside your ear canal, making them nearly invisible.
Common Hearing Aid Styles:
An in-the-canal hearing aid is custom molded and fits partly in the ear canal, but not as deeply as the completely-in-the-canal aid. This hearing aid can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. An in-the-canal hearing aid:
- Is less visible in the ear
- Is easy to use with the telephone
- Includes features that won't fit on completely-in-the-canal aids, but the small size can make the features difficult to adjust
- May not fit well in smaller ears
A larger version of the in-the-canal hearing aid, the half-shell is custom molded and fills the lower portion of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. A half-shell hearing aid:
- Is bigger than an in-the-canal hearing aid
- Is a little easier to handle than are the smaller hearing aids
- Includes additional features, such as directional microphones and volume control
- Fits most ears