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In choosing a hearing aid style, there are many factors to consider. There is no one style which “wins” in every category. How important each factor is to you will determine which style is most suitable.

THERE ARE SIX STYLES AVAILABLE:
Behind-the-ear(BTE), in-the-ear (ITE), half concha (HS), Canal (ITC), receiver in the ear (RIC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC).

All follow up visits are free of charge for your lifetime. This includes cleanings, tubing, and programming. We would like to see patients every three months or so for a routine cleaning and annually for a hearing examination.
If you have hearing loss in both ears, it is in your best interest to have two hearing aids. Here are a few reasons:

– We need both ears to localize sound.
– It helps to reduce background noise in noisy places.
-Both ears stay active.

Your voice and the sound of your chewing will sound different with the new hearing aids. The smaller your hearing aids are, the smaller the vent size will be, so the louder or more “echoey” your voice will be. It will likely take you about a month to get used to the sound of your voice.

We suggest that you read out loud to yourself 10-15 minutes a day for the first two weeks. This will allow your brain to familiarize itself with your voice. An added benefit is that your brain will have more practice in recognizing new sounds, which is an important part of successful hearing aid use.

There are different “levels” of technology available in hearing aids. The basic, or conventional, hearing aids are less expensive than high technology hearing aids.

If you purchase conventional technology, you can expect considerable benefit in quiet listening situations. Background noise will be your most difficult listening situation.

If your purchase high technology hearing aids, background noise will STILL be your most difficult listening situation. However, with technologically advanced hearing aids, you can expect that you will do better in background noise than you would with conventional hearing aids.

We realize that not every hearing aid is for everyone. This is why I always have other options to try. Many times patients find success in a different model or brand than they originally purchased. We will not give up until you are satisfied.