One of the most remarkable medical devices of the computer age is the hearing aid. These tiny receiver/transmitters do much more than help you hear. They connect wirelessly, self-adjust to noise environments, and many offer rechargeable options. In the noisiest areas, hearing aids can filter unwanted noise and amplify the sounds – like voices – that you want to hear. At Audiologists Northwest, we offer some of the most technologically-advanced device to suit the specific needs of our patients.
Styles of Hearing Aids
- In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are powerful and offer many features. The ITE is an electric amplifier in an earmold that fits the outer ear.
- Invisible in canal (IIC): IIC hearing devices are the smallest and lightest available. They are recommended for moderate hearing loss.
- Completely in canal (CIC): CIC hearing aids are larger than IIC but remain small and powerful, and nearly invisible.
- Full-shell ITE: A full-shell ITE is an earmold custom made to fit the outer ear. The electronics and battery are inserted in the shell and fit to the patient.
- Behind the ear (BTE): These larger units have the electronics and battery in a compartment that sits behind the ear. In this device, a tube runs to the amplifier in the ear canal. The controls and battery are easier to use than smaller devices.
- Receiver in the ear (RITE): RITE hearing aids offer a smaller behind the ear electronics package because the sound receiver is in the ear canal. These devices are recommended for mild to severe hearing loss.
COCHLEAR IMPLANT ASSESSMENTS, ACTIVATIONS & MAPPING
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted medical devices that replace the function of the inner ear (cochlear) and are designed to mimic natural hearing.
Cochlear implants help adults with sloping moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears, or children 12 months or older with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears and are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. For some people, using a hearing aid(s) with a severe to profound hearing loss can be like listening to a loud, badly tuned radio. You may hear parts of what is being said and it may be loud enough, but the words are not clear.
For many people, cochlear implants can:
- Give you access to the sounds you're missing
- Provide greater sound clarity
- Improve hearing in noise
- Help you understand speech
- Increase hearing satisfaction and improve the quality of life
Whether you use custom or standard hearing protection products, taking care of your hearing should be a priority. One of the main reasons for hearing loss over time is exposure to loud noise without protection.
Earphones, monitors, earplugs and earmuffs all add levels of protection for shooters, musicians, industrial workers and many more people.
There are a great number of products available, depending on the type of noise, duration and decibel levels. Audiologists Northwest can recommend the right product for your needs. Call today!
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
We also offer hearing aids from the top manufacturers in the industry. Each company offers varying benefits and focuses, including:
One of the miracles of hearing science is the cochlear implant. The cochlea is a spiral structure in the inner ear that transforms sound waves to electrical nerve impulses, then sends these to the brain via the auditory nerve. We actually understand what we hear by the brain’s interpretation of these impulses.
People with degenerative diseases or malformations of parts of the cochlea cannot produce these impulses. An implant produces the impulses artificially and the brain interprets correctly. The cochlea implant by Advanced Bionics is one of the most advanced implant systems.
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
One valuable ability of hearing aids today is wireless communication. These products can connect with cell phones, televisions and many other devices that use Bluetooth technology. May hearing aid wearers say the most valuable asset they now have is the ability to easily talk on the cell phone. Some hearing aids even “talk” to each other, adjusting settings in noisy areas.
Cell phone accessories
Some listeners need more amplification to hear cell phones. The telecoil is a device built into hearing aids that received a signal from a Bluetooth device and amplifies it. Many hearing aids have telecoil as standard today.
A neckloop is a wire worn like a necklace. This device generates a magnetic signal that initiates an amplifier like the telecoil. Call today about these and other accessories that can make your communications easier.
The Oticon company makes a hearing aid for any hearing loss. The company wants everyone to experience better hearing that enhances all facets of their lives. Oticon says that by putting people first, they strive to make hearing part of a larger world experience.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
One of the great conveniences to come along in hearing technology is the ability to provide rechargeable batteries in many devices. All but the smallest hearing aids are available in rechargeable versions. The smallest devices use regular circular batteries.
Since batteries are small, some people have a difficult time removing and inserting them. Rechargeable hearing aids simply sit in the charger and are ready the next morning.
Widex hearing aids combine the latest technology with innovative design. Every Widex product is designed to be intelligent today and smarter tomorrow.