Patients who come to our office usually want to know two things up front: Do I have hearing loss and do I need a hearing aid? Well, they came to the right place. Beginning with a hearing test, the professionals at Hearing and Balance Centers of West Tennessee comprehensively diagnose and treat hearing loss every day.
If you need a hearing aid, we recommend and dispense some of the finest devices on the market. Hearing aids today are advanced, miniature electronic instruments. There are several types, styles and models of hearing aids. Each is specifically designed with features that solve particular hearing problems. Today’s devices include rechargeable units, wireless connectivity, pinpoint sound accuracy and more.
You choose a hearing aid using recommendations for the type and severity of hearing loss, your ability to use and maintain the device and the accessories or features you want. Can you manage the battery and change it out? Do you have any condition that will limit your choices? Answers to these questions and more will determine the direction you will take.
Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today's hearing aids are considered sleek, compact, and innovative - offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
Various hearing aid styles we offer:
- Invisible in canal – this hearing device rests completely and invisibly inside the ear canal. It is the smallest of all hearing aids, but is still very powerful and full-featured.
- In the canal – devices that may not be invisible but are small, compact and full featured.
- In the ear – devices worn mainly in the ear canal, but have a portion containing amplification in the outer ear.
- Behind the ear – these styles vary in size and type. They have a tube connected from the battery outside the ear to the receiver/amplifier in the ear. Depending on your needs, the outside-the-ear portion could include an earmold.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Cell phone accessories
Many manufacturers make Bluetooth hearing aids that connect directly to your cell phone, so talking is a breeze. We offer many of these products designed for your needs.
Oticon specializes in behind-the-ear hearing aids that are compact and powerful. They also offer smaller, in-the-ear devices. One design is the Opn, a device with a thin tube leading into the ear canal. Opn connects directly to an iPhone® to make phone calls comfortable again. The company offers other behind-the-ear devices, as well.
Phonak has styles and power to help every level of hearing loss, from tiny devices to behind-the-ear powerhouses. Phonak offers the Audeo B™ which connects with any cell phone. It also has a television connection device available, and a biometrically measured in-the-ear device that charts over a thousand tiny points in the ear for near-perfect performance.
ReSound hearing aids and accessories run the gamut from ultra-small to behind-the-ear products. Many models connect with cell phones and other devices. The technology in the Enzo 3D hearing aid produces unrivaled clarity, and the LiNX 2 is specially designed for the iPhone and SMART app.
Unitron hearing aids from Unitron include the smallest rechargeable device, and items running the full spectrum of sizes. The company’s Moxi Now in-the-ear hearing aid is the smallest wireless receiver available.
Widex this brand offers connecting hearing aids and accessories, and a double device for people deaf in one ear. The CROS aid picks up and amplifies sound from the deaf side and transfers it to an active in-the-ear device in the other ear. Widex also offers BiCROS, for patients with partial hearing in one ear.
Please call Hearing and Balance Centers of West Tennessee today with your questions about hearing aids, hearing tests and any other problems with your hearing health.