If You Need Hearing Aids
If a thorough hearing evaluation determines that your hearing loss can be helped with the use of hearing aids, here is what you can expect from Oakland Audiology:
- We will discuss the different types available and help you choose the best system for your hearing loss and lifestyle.
- We will take a custom impression of your ear. This will form the mold for your custom-designed hearing aid. This takes about 20 minutes.
- Your custom-made hearing aids will be ready in 10 to 14 working days. After you receive them, we will schedule you for a series of follow-up visits. These appointments will help us fine-tune your hearing aids, so that they deliver the best possible performance. For your comfort, we suggest you bring a family member or friend to your fitting sessions.
Basic Types of Hearing Instruments
There are many types of hearing aids on the market today to accommodate virtually any kind of hearing loss— with more being introduced all the time. Some of the more common types of hearing instruments are described here.
CIC (Completely in the Canal)—This is the smallest type of hearing aid made and is almost invisible in the ear. All the components are housed in a small case that fits far into the ear canal. This takes advantage of the ear’s own natural sound-collecting design. Best suited to users with mild to moderate hearing loss and ear canals large enough to accommodate the instrument.
ITC (In the Canal)—A little bigger than the CIC, the ITC hearing aids also fit far into the ear canal. Designed for mild to moderate hearing losses.
ITE (In the Ear)—These hearing aids can be used for a wider range of hearing losses. Due to their larger size, ITEs can accommodate larger sound amplifiers and more features such as a telephone switch. They are also easier to handle.
BTE (Behind the Ear)—In BTE hearing aids, the electronics are housed in a case that fits behind the ear. Tubing and a custom made earmold direct the sound to the ear canal. Due to its robust design, this style is especially recommended for children. BTE hearing aids can provide more amplification than smaller devices due to the stronger amplifier and the larger battery.
Open-ear Hearing Instruments—In 2004, hearing aid manufacturers began introducing a new class of instruments called “open-ear fittings,” which offer the advantages of traditional behind-the-ear hearing aids in much smaller packaging. Open-ear hearing instruments sit behind the ear like traditional BTEs but are extremely small and nearly invisible to an observer. They have a barely visible, clear, thin tube that extends from behind the ear into the ear canal (which is how the sound is transmitted). Because there is no earmold, they have no occlusion, and are both physically and acoustically open and comfortable.
Open fit hearing aids are ideal for those who have near-normal low frequency hearing but who are experiencing problems with high frequencies. Open fit hearing aids are also easier to fit because they are not custom made; they work directly out of the box.
We Offer the Latest Hearing Instrument Technology from Major Manufacturers
Oakland Audiology offers a broad selection of hearing instruments featuring the latest innovations in design and technology from the world’s leading manufacturers. Here are just a few of them:
The ReSound be is the world’s smallest hearing instrument and the first hearing aid to feature Invisible Open technology (IOT™). Virtually invisible in the ear, the be provides wearing and listening comfort and excellent speech clarity for mild to moderate hearing loss.
NEW! ReSound LiNX 3D™: Now available in Rechargeable!
Surprisingly small. Amazingly powerful.
Say hello to ReSound LiNX 3D™, the world’s smartest hearing aid. Now you can connect to what you love through your iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® and enjoy high quality sound through hearing aids that are also wireless stereo headphones. All without a neck-worn device.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about ReSound LiNX 3D™.
Phone: (248) 673-8000 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oticon Dual Connect and Dual Mini instruments feature Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE) technology, which places the speaker in your ear rather than in the hearing aid. The Dual Connect’s binaurally-fit units work together for sophisticated auditory processing. The Dual Mini is small, discreet and delivers high sound quality, adaptive directionality and noise reduction.
Nearly invisible and completely discreet, the Signia Pure is an ultra-small RIC (receiver-in-canal) instrument that offers the revolutionary Siemens BestSound Technology. Enjoy unrivaled speech clarity, sound comfort and personalized hearing. Available in a wide selection of ultra-small styles and subtle colors, Pure is the only rechargeable RIC aid available.
The Audéo YES from Phonak is a wireless hearing aid that features SoundRecover technology designed to broaden the hearing range and restore high frequencies, making the full spectrum of sounds audible to the wearer.