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Hearing Aids

As hearing aid manufacturers continue to develop new technology with enhanced features, the industry is considered to be highly innovative. From Bluetooth connectivity, direct streaming to smart devices, tinnitus management, and automatic sound adjustment, there are so many ways to take advantage of  the small and yet powerful devices to fit your specific hearing needs.

The Austin Hearing Aid Center offers hearing aid technology with a wide range of features; our audiologists will help you select the best style for your hearing, lifestyle and budget.

Our team knows that hearing aids are an investment. We will guide you every step of the way to guarantee you will have the best hearing possible.

Here are factors to consider when choosing the right hearing instruments for your degree of hearing help needed:

Styles of Hearing Aids

You don’t have to settle or be limited to one style. There are various hearing aid styles for every type and degree of hearing loss. The choices vary depending on the types that they are built for, differentiating in build, comfort, function, feature, connectivity, design, price and the way they are placed in the ear. Some models peek out of the ear, some are positioned behind the ear, while some are practically invisible to the naked eye. The cost of a hearing aid will depend on its style, features, technology and design.

The trend for hearing aids is leaning more towards smaller hearing aids to meet the demand of consumers for discreet or invisible hearing aids. While this may be aesthetically pleasing, it’s worth noting that smaller hearing aids may not have the same power and features of their bigger counterparts. The hearing aid selection process can be quite overwhelming, that’s why we at Austin Hearing Aid Center are more than ready to assist you.

With the help of our audiologist, it will be easier for you to review and weigh the features that are most relevant to your specific hearing needs and lifestyle. Since hearing aids are expected to be worn for many hours in a day, we couldn’t emphasize enough the importance of finding a hearing aid that would best match your hearing needs and preference.

Before you take your hearing aids to a hearing expert, you might want to try troubleshooting it first.

Make sure that the hearing aid is turned on

This is probably the most basic troubleshooting procedure. Some people who are not yet fully-familiar with the hearing aids they are using might forget to turn it on before use.

Available Styles:

Invisible in canal (IIC)

IIC hearing aids are the smallest invisible hearing aids placed inside the ear. This style of hearing aids goes furthest down the ear canal which makes it well-hidden and almost impossible to be seen by others.

Completely in canal (CIC)

CICs are molded to fit inside the ear canal. It is ideal for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. This is the smallest and least visible type and is less likely to pick up wind noise. Since it is very tiny, it also has very small batteries, which have a shorter life span compared to bigger batteries. Additionally, it may also skip extra features like directional microphones or volume control.

In the ear (ITE)

In-the-ear hearing aids can be custom made in two styles – half shell or full shell. Both are ideal for adults with mild to severe hearing loss and are available with directional microphones for better hearing in noise. ITEs have features that don’t fit on smaller style hearing aids, such as volume control. Since these devices are larger, they are easier to handle and have larger batteries for longer battery life. Users can also opt for models with rechargeable batteries. ITE hearing aids may pick up more wind noise than smaller hearing aids and are more visible in the ear.

Behind the ear (BTE)

BTE hearing aids are hooked over the top of the ear and rests behind the ear. A custom earpiece (ear mold) is fitted inside the ear canal and it is connected to the hearing aid by a tube. BTE hearing aids are versatile, appropriate for people of all ages and with almost any type and degree of hearing loss.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are the largest type of hearing aid, although newer designs are made to be barely visible. It comes with directional microphones and is capable of more amplification than any other hearing aid style. Depending on the brand, BTEs may be available with a rechargeable battery.

Receiver in canal (RIC)/Receiver in the ear (RITE)

In terms of its speaker or receiver, RIC and RITE hearing aid styles are similar to behind-the-ear hearing aids, as it sits behind the ear canal. However, instead of a tube, a tiny wire connects the piece behind the ear to the receiver or speaker. Compared to BTE hearing aids, RICs and RITEs have a less visible portion. These hearing aid models have directional microphones, manual control options and may be powered with rechargeable batteries.

Open-fit

Open-fit hearing aids is another variation of BTE hearing aids with thin tubing or RICs or RITEs with an open ear dome. This style makes the ear canal very open, allowing high-frequency sounds to be amplified through the hearing aid and low frequency sounds to enter the ear naturally. Open-fit hearing aids are a good choice for people with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss and better low-frequency hearing. Unlike in-the-ear hearing aid styles, open-fit hearing aids don’t plug the ears, making your own voice sound better without any distortion.

How Hearing Aids Work

If you’re in the process of hearing aid selection, it’s ideal to brush up on some terms and learn some basic information about the device

Basically, all hearing aids have the same base part to carry sounds from the environment into the ear and amplify them. Digital and analog hearing aids are powered by either traditional hearing aid batteries or a rechargeable battery.

Hearing aids have small microphones that collect sounds from the environment. Inside the device, there is a computer chip with an amplifier that converts incoming sound into digital code. The computer chip analyzes and adjusts the sound based on the programmed setting for hearing loss. The amplified signals are then converted back as sound waves and delivered to the ears through speakers or receivers.

Hearing Protection

Hearing protection is vital in preserving and maintaining the integrity of hearing. Advanced hearing protection allows users to control the impact of sound. Earplugs are a necessary accessory for musicians, concert goers, and professionals working in the music industry or working in a factory with loud equipment and machinery. Music lovers need to use hearing protection to avoid the risk of being exposed to damaging noise levels.

Hearing protection products are not just for music – they can also be used for various hobbies and interests like swimming, sports or even sleeping (to combat loud noises or snores from a partner or a roommate).

Custom hearing protection is ideal for people who are frequently exposed to loud noises because it offers more security and comfort than standard hearing protection.

Hearing Protection

Hearing protection is vital in preserving and maintaining the integrity of hearing. Advanced hearing protection allows users to control the impact of sound. Earplugs are a necessary accessory for musicians, concert goers, and professionals working in the music industry or working in a factory with loud equipment and machinery. Music lovers need to use hearing protection to avoid the risk of being exposed to damaging noise levels.

Hearing protection products are not just for music – they can also be used for various hobbies and interests like swimming, sports or even sleeping (to combat loud noises or snores from a partner or a roommate).

Custom hearing protection is ideal for people who are frequently exposed to loud noises because it offers more security and comfort than standard hearing protection.

Hearing Aids - Optional Features and Accessories

Hearing aid accessories offer additional functionality to the hearing instruments, improving their long term usefulness. With the use of hearing aid accessories, the functionality of hearing aids reach a whole new level, like streaming audio, gaining an additional comfort layer or enjoying a wider scope of remote control functionality.

Meanwhile, optional features of hearing aids vary per brand or model. Optional features give users a wide range of customization to meet the demands of specific hearing needs.

Noise reduction. All hearing aids have noise reduction but the amount may vary. Some hearing aids also offer wind noise reduction.

Directional microphones. These are designed to provide improved sound pickup coming from the front of the hearing aid user. At the same time, sounds coming from behind or beside the user are minimized. Directional microphones can improve one’s ability to hear even in an environment with background noise.

Rechargeable batteries. More modern hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries. This is preferred by people who are always on the go because it eliminates the need to regularly change batteries.

Telecoils. Telecoils bring the functionality of hearing aids to a whole new level. Users can hear easier when using a telecoil-compatible phone. Telecoils also reduce background noise and zeroes in the sounds from the hearing-aid-compatible telephone.

There are also public induction loop systems that can be found in theaters, churches or terminals, allowing hearing aid users to pick up sounds more clearly, even in a crowd.

Wireless connectivity. Most hearing aids can now wirelessly connect with certain Bluetooth-compatible devices, such as music players, smartphones, televisions and computers.

Remote controls. Some hearing aids come with a remote control. With this, users can adjust the features without fiddling with the hearing aid. Other hearing aid models can connect wirelessly to a smartphone and have an app that allows a user to customize or adjust settings using the phone as the remote control

Direct audio input. This allows users to plug in to audio from a music device, computer or television with a cord

Hearing Aids | Austin, Texas

Hearing aids significantly improve hearing health and add value to the quality of life of a person diagnosed with hearing loss. Hearing aid technology has come a long way from bulky electronic devices attached to the ears to high-tech, almost-invisible, discreet devices. What are you waiting for? A whole new world of better hearing and efficient communication is waiting!

To learn more about the available hearing aids and their respective features, contact Austin Hearing Aid Center to be connected to audiologists who can help lay down the best options for you or your family member.

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He loves helping people hear better and have had the pleasure to serve many people for years.
            For 15 years my audiologist Mr Randolph and his assistant have gave me the best service I could ever expect and a 5 Star rating is not enough for them and they deserve the amount of stars in the universe which are unmeasurable just as is my gratitude towards both of them.
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He loves helping people hear better and have had the pleasure to serve many people for years.

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He loves helping people hear better and have had the pleasure to serve many people for years. He provides a comfortable place for people to come have their hearing.

I provide a comfortable place for people to come have their hearing tested and discuss their hearing concerns. I offer a free, no obligation hearing aid evaluation. If it turns out that you are a candidate for hearing aids, there is a 45-day trial period that includes follow up care to assure proper adjustment.

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