Wearing a hearing aid can enrich your life and reopen many doors that may have closed for you over the years. Other benefits of treating your hearing loss with hearing aids include:
Hearing aid technology has come a long way in a short time. Today's hearing aids are smaller yet more powerful than ever before. Hearing aid manufacturers provide an almost dizzying array of models and features.
Bluetooth technology allows two devices to be paired for wireless communication. You may be familiar with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones or earbuds. But did you know that Bluetooth technology is now incorporated into many hearing aids?
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids allow you to stream the audio channel from your television, cell phone, GPS device, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device directly to your hearing aids. With this wireless transmission, you experience clarity in sound quality because background noise is removed.Bluetooth technology is available in all hearing aid styles. If you love Bluetooth, talk to the hearing health care professionals at Live Better Hearing about Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.
There are many different accessories that can add even more functionality to your hearing aids. Some of the accessories include easy to use microphones for the dinner table or lectures, TV hookups to stream sound directly into your hearing aids, or remote controls for quickly changing the volume or settings.
Be sure to inquire about accessories with your hearing aids, particularly if you have trouble hearing in noisy situations. Accessories can make a world of difference.
Small disposable hearing aid batteries power standard hearing aid technology. The smaller the device, the smaller the battery and the shorter battery life. You may find yourself changing batteries at least once a week.
Rechargeable hearing aids use batteries similar to those found in cellphones and tablets (lithium-ion). Instead of replacing your batteries, you dock your hearing aids, and in a few short hours, the batteries are recharged and ready for use again.
If dexterity or vision issues make it difficult for you to handle small objects such as hearing aid batteries, rechargeable hearing aids are perfect for you. They are also very convenient for almost every hearing aid wearer.
No matter what hearing aid style you choose, it will consist of a microphone, a processor, an amplifier, and a speaker. The microphone will collect sounds from your environment and send them to a processor to amplify the sound and adjust the sound quality as necessary before sending it to a speaker that delivers the sound to your ear.
Digital hearing aids can make it easier to block out background noise, understand speech better, and hear the sounds you’ve been missing. Additionally, hearing aids have been proven to help with tinnitus and delay the onset of dementia.
We offer a range of hearing aid services tailored to meet your individual needs. Whether you're exploring hearing aid options for the first time or seeking ongoing support for your existing devices, our team is dedicated to providing top-notch care and expertise. Here's an overview of the hearing aid services we offer:
We understand that each ear is unique. Our experts precisely fit and program your hearing aids for optimal comfort and performance.
Our services extend to routine maintenance, repairs, and adjustments to keep your hearing aids functioning at their best. We handle everything from minor repairs to more complex technical issues. We also offer a Peace of Mind subscription plan to help keep your costs low for services.
After fitting your hearing aids, we provide ongoing support to ensure your continued satisfaction. This includes regular check-ups, adjustments, and counseling to help you adapt to your enhanced hearing experience.
In addition to our comprehensive service plan, we offer a la carte options for those who prefer pay-as-you-go services. This flexibility allows you to choose services as needed, from battery replacements to device cleaning and more.
We believe in empowering our clients with knowledge. Our team provides educational resources and counseling to help you understand your hearing health and how to make the most of your hearing aids.
As advancements in hearing aid technology continue, we keep you updated with the latest features and improvements, ensuring you always have access to the best solutions.
The best hearing aid devices are from the brands that deliver the functionality you need in an easy-to-wear and affordable solution. The answer to this question is as individual as your hearing needs.
There are five major hearing aid manufacturers in the world. Starkey, Sonova (makes Lyric, Phonak and Unitron hearing aids), Resound (makes Beltone), WS audiology (makes Widex and Signia hearing aids), William-Demant (makes Oticon, Sonic, and Philips hearing aids).
Your audiologist will help you select the right one, but keep in mind that your success with the hearing aid is in large part how it is programmed for you by your audiologist.
The best hearing aids are highly individualized. No two people hear the same, and no two people have the exact requirements for hearing aids. There are in-the-ear styles as well as behind-the-ear styles. When selecting a style of hearing aid, the following should be considered:
A wide range of hearing aid devices and features are available in each hearing aid style. Hearing aids' cost generally depends on the technology and the number of features the instrument has and not necessarily on the style selected. Here are the most common styles available:
The smallest custom styles, IIC and CIC instruments sit invisibly and entirely in the ear canal. These devices are specifically designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
ITC and FS instruments sit in the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they're slightly larger than CIC models, they have longer battery life. They can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They are widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.
RIC models are mini BTEs that have the instrument's speaker incorporated in the ear tip instead of in the main body of the device. RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses.
BTEs with earmolds fit mild through severe hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features, including a program button and volume control. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer's hairstyle, determine exactly how they'll look on each person.
Lyric hearing aids are a unique product that is invisible, worn 24/7 for months at a time, and can be worn while exercising, sleeping, showering, and talking on the phone. They fit mild to moderate hearing loss. There are no batteries to replace, and the purchase is by subscription only.
Hearing aids can enrich your life by allowing you to hear your grandchild's first words, reconnect with the sounds of nature, feel safer in urban environments, participate in dinners in noisy settings, and enjoy parties while understanding conversations.
Today's hearing aids are smaller yet more powerful than ever before, offering a wide range of models and features. They now incorporate Bluetooth technology, allowing for wireless streaming of audio from various devices directly to the hearing aids, resulting in clearer sound quality by reducing background noise.
There are various accessories available for hearing aids, such as easy-to-use microphones for group settings, TV hookups for streaming sound directly into the hearing aids, and remote controls for adjusting volume and settings, particularly beneficial in noisy environments.
The different styles of hearing aids include Invisible In Canal (IIC) and Completely In Canal (CIC) for mild-to-moderate hearing loss, In The Canal (ITC) and Full shell (FS) for mild-to-severe hearing loss, Receiver In-Ear (RIC) for mild-to-severe hearing losses, Behind-the-ear (BTE) for mild through severe hearing losses, and Long term wear invisible (Lyric) for mild to moderate hearing loss, which is invisible and worn 24/7 for months at a time. Each style has specific considerations such as power requirements, manual dexterity, budget, lifestyle requirements, and anatomical considerations.
Our Peace of Mind Coverage plans provide patients with an easy way to manage their hearing healthcare at Live Better Hearing. Hearing aids are both a financial and time investment, and annual service plans help to protect your investment.