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Hearing Devices

Hearing Aids today come in a wide range of styles and technology levels.  Example of styles include behind the ear, or in the ear models.  Technology levels vary from basic entry-level to advanced premium-level.  Advanced features are available in increasing hearing aid technology levels-independent of the style.  The cost of hearing aids generally depends much more on the number of features the instrument has, rather than the style or size of the hearing aid.

A patient’s preference can often guide what style of hearing aid is best for you.  Your lifestyle demands will help your Audiologist in choosing what hearing aid technology level will provide for your hearing needs.

Hearing Aid Styles

Receiver in the canal hearing aidRIC (Receiver-in-the-canal):

These are very small receiver-in- the-canal devices that fit behind the ear. With RIC hearing aids, sound is sent directly from the housing behind your ear through a thin wire to the receiver which is in your ear canal. Not only do they provide outstanding sound, they are discreet and come in a variety of colors.  This style will work for patients with mild to severe hearing losses.

 

 

In The Canal Hearing AidsITE (In the Ear):

ITE devices are custom made and fill the concha (the bowl of the ear) and some portion of the ear canal. A broad range of circuit designs are available that allow these devices to be used in individuals with a mild to severe hearing loss.  Features such a volume control can be available on these products which allows a patient some manual control.

 

 

 

ITC (In-the-Canal):

 

These devices are smaller than ITEs and fit only in the outer portion of the ear canal. ITCs are suitable for patients with a, mild- to-moderate hearing loss.

 

 

 

completely in the ear hearing aidCIC (Completely-in-the-Canal):

 

CICs are among the smallest devices available and are cosmetically desirable because they fit deep in the canal and take advantage of the ear’s natural resonance and shape, allowing for a more natural sound quality.  While CICs, are not appropriate for all patients, they are suitable for individuals with a mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.

 

Lyric hearing aidLyric Hearing Aid:

Lyric is the only deep ear hearing aid technology that offers complete invisibility. Thanks to its unique placement, clients can enjoy the benefits of better hearing without anyone ever knowing they’re using a hearing aid.  The Lyric deep in the ear canal placement means it takes advantage of the natural benefit of the ear anatomy to provide a clear natural sound.  Lyric is worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time.  Different from traditional hearing aids, patients can use Lyric during daily activities, such as showering, talking on the phone, exercising, using headphones, and even at night while sleeping. Lyric does not have batteries to change and requires no maintenance with no daily insertion or removal.  Lyric is placed in office by a trained Certified Hearing Aid Consultant Audiologist.


Cochlear Implants

What Are Cochlear Implants?

A cochlear implant is a surgically placed device which can dramatically improve hearing for people with sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant will mimic the function of a healthy cochlea by replacing the damaged sensory hair cells.

How Does a Cochlear Implant work?

The cochlear implant works by sending a signal directly to the hearing nerve.

Surgery and complications?

Cochlear implant surgery accesses the cochlea from behind the external ear. Using a microscope, the surgeon removes adequate bone to see the opening of the cochlea. The cochlear implant device is placed below the skin behind the ear, and the electrode is very carefully inserted into the cochlea.

All surgeries have potential for complications. With cochlear implant surgery there are the usual risks of general anesthesia, bleeding, and infection. There are also risks of device failure, damage to the facial nerve, balance changes, and worse hearing. It is recommended that all patients interested in cochlear implantation discuss these risks with their surgeon, their audiologist, and other patients who have already had the surgery.

Benefits?

The primary benefit of cochlear implantation is significantly improved hearing. Cochlear implants may be a solution if your hearing aids are not helping you understand sounds and speech. If you are straining to hear even when using powerful hearing aids and find that you are unable to understand what is being said, a cochlear implant may be the solution you've been waiting for.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation begins with an audiologist. A basic audiogram as well as advanced cochlear implant candidacy tests can help determine if you qualify for cochlear implantation. Next, an appointment is made with a surgeon who will review the surgical plan and answer any questions. Imaging, either with a CT scan or MRI, is then obtained to ensure the cochlea is surgically accessible. A final appointment is then made with your surgeon to review the details of the surgery, and schedule the surgical date.

After surgery the device is not immediately activated. This is important to allow your body to heal fully. Once the healing is complete, you will meet with your audiologist for the device activation. Your audiologist will then work with you over the course of multiple sessions to get maximum benefit for your hearing.

Available Cochlear Implants

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How much do cochlear implants cost?

Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies.

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