As an independent hearing healthcare practice, we are under no obligation to any particular hearing aid manufacturer. This means that we can recommend the best hearing aids for your loss and lifestyle needs without worrying about an underlying contract agreement. We carry Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Signia, Starkey, Unitron and Widex hearing aids.
To perform Real Ear measurements, a thin probe microphone is inserted into the ear canal. Measurements are taken both with and without the hearing aids in place, which allows us to objectively measure and verify the sound that is being delivered to the eardrum. This leads to more accurate hearing aid fittings.
Hearing aids are small electronic devices that you select with the help of a hearing care professional. They are worn in or behind your ear. They make some speech louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. Hearing aids can help people hear better in both quiet and noisy situations. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from hearing aids actually use them. Hearing aid types come in many types and sizes including Invisible In the Canal (IIC), Completely in the Canal (CIC), Behind The Ear (BTE) and more.
Hearing aids magnify sound vibrations entering the ear. Surviving hair cells detect the larger vibrations and convert them into neural signals that are passed along to the brain. The greater the damage to hair cells, the more severe the hearing loss, and the greater the hearing aid amplification needed to make up the difference.
However, there are practical limits to the amount of amplification a hearing aid can provide. In addition, if the inner ear is too damaged, even large vibrations will not be converted into neural signals. In this situation, hearing aids would be ineffective and alternatives such as cochlear implants would be recommended.