Highlights of our program
Patient education on all the suitable models within hearing aids.
Evaluation for the hearing aid company that best suits the patient.
Trial period with the hearing aid, for the patient to experience better hearing in his natural setting.
What are hearing aids?
A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It amplifies the sounds so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations. The audiologists selects and programs the hearing aid to address unique needs of each client. With the development in technology, wireless accessories and apps help the user to hear and adapt to different environments and situations with the best sound quality.
How do hearing aids work?
A hearing has 3 main parts – (i) microphone – to pick up sounds that are converted into electrical signals; (ii) amplifier – to magnify the electrical signals; (iii) speaker – to convert the electric signal back into an acoustic signal to deliver to the ear via the normal hearing pathway. A digital signal processor is employed for the conversion into acoustic sound. It also allows volume changes, noise reduction, and other features to help improve communication. The amount of amplification across various frequency channels, amount of noise reduction, and various other aspects to improve speech intelligibility can be adjusted or manipulated by connecting a hearing to a software program.
Who can benefit with hearing aids?
Due to the improvement in hearing aid technology, individuals of all age groups can benefit with an appropriate hearing aid. It can help in management of a wide range of hearing problems of conductive, sensorineural and mixed types.
Styles of hearing aids
Hearing aids come in different styles beginning from Behind the Ear (BTE) that is worn behind the ear and is connected to the ear canal via ear tube or an earmold. A Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) type of hearing also has an externally worn component that sits behind the ear, but unlike a BTE the receiver is placed in the ear canal and not in the external component. This allows higher amplification of higher frequencies. Smaller hearing aid styles include Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) and Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) types, where the hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal are not noticeably visible from the outside. These styles are custom fit hearing aids and need to made according to individual ear canal measurements.