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Hearing Aids

"The hearing aid was only as good as the fitting and subsequent adustments, which had to be made by a skilled person with an inordinate sense of patience. "Hearing aids come in a number of different styles (Pictures below). The most common style today is the Completely In the Canal or CIC.
1206_cic.jpgThe CIC is the smallest of today's hearing aids, with the entire hearing aid fitting within the ear canal. While CIC hearing aids are not for every hearing loss, they have the advantage of maintaining your natural directional ability. CIC hearing aids also will typically interface with telephones without feedback and have reduced sensitivity to wind noise.
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Next is the In The Canal hearing aid or ITC. While not as small as the CIC, the Canal hearing aid offers those who may not be a candidate for the CIC another option for a smaller size hearing aid.
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Another popular model is the Full Shell in the ear hearing aid or ITE. Due to the larger size of the ITE, this hearing aid may offer you access to additional features and options such as Directional Microphones or multiple memories not available on most smaller hearing aids.
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Finally, the Behind the Ear style or BTE hearing aids are often stronger than the ITE. Contrary to popular belief, they are not necessarily an "older" style. In fact, BTE hearing aids can have the same advanced technology that will be found in other style hearing aids with the added benefit of greater reliability and ease of maintenance.

1. Basic Facts

 

  • Hearing aids are designed to make speech intelligible in most listening situations for people who have a hearing loss. Hearing aids may also improve hearing in some situations (e.g. music, etc.).
  • ALL ears and most hearing losses differ.
  • ALL hearing aids need to be fitted for the specific individual.
  • There are different acoustic prescriptions for different hearing losses. There is NOT one hearing aid for all hearing problems.
  • ALL hearing aids REQUIRE adaptation (acclimatization). It take time to "get used to" hearing through hearing aids.
  • Hearing aids will not completely solve your hearing problems in ALL listening situations, nor will they completely restore your hearing to the same levels as when you had "perfect hearing."

We have been serving the hearing impaired in the Greater New Bedford and Pymouth area in Bristol County for many years.