Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids Overview & brands

Hearing aids are a major investment in your hearing health and wellness. Hearing aids are prescribed electronic devices that provide significant hearing support. These instruments help absorb and process sound which offers countless benefits including enhanced hearing, strengthened communication, and improved spatial awareness and safety. Hearing aids have experienced much innovation in recent years and there is a wide range of styles, brands, and features available that allow them to easily integrate into daily life. By assessing your hearing needs, lifestyle preferences, and using our extensive knowledge; we are able to match you with the device that will transform your hearing health!

We work with you to select the product that best suits your lifestyle and hearing loss. We have relationships with the most innovative hearing aid manufacturers, which gives us the ability to offer you the most up-to-date hearing aid technology. Visit us to learn more about hearing aids in Wilmington, NC.

Customized Hearing Treatment: We follow best practices and customize our hearing aid fittings to each person’s specific hearing loss and ear anatomy. We verify all of our hearing aid fittings using Real Ear Measurements (REM).

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Understanding How Hearing Aids Work

Though there are numerous types of hearing aids, all devices consist of the same key components which includes:
  • Microphone

    Collects and absorbs the sound in the environment one is in and converts the soundwaves into electrical signals.

  • Amplifier

    Amplifies the electrical signals and some hearing aids adjust these signals to meet specific hearing preferences.

  • Receiver

    Also referred to as the speaker, sends the electrical signals to the inner ear where they experience more processing before traveling to the brain.

  • Power Supply

    The last component of all hearing aids is the power supply which contains batteries that enable the device to run.

Understanding How Hearing Aids Work

Hearing Aid Styles

There is a wide range of hearing aid styles and it can be challenging to know about all of your options! Our Audiologist is here to help you navigate and select the best choice for your hearing needs. It is helpful to know that there are common styles of hearing aids which includes:

in the ear hearing aids

In the Ear (ITE)

ITE types are worn in the ear canal and made by taking a custom mold of your ear during the time of your hearing consultation.
behind the ear hearing aids

Behind the Ear (BTE)

Worn behind or on top of the outer portion of the ear with a small tube that connects it to a custom earpiece in the ear canal
mini behind the ear hearing aids

Mini Behind the Ear (Mini BTE)

A type of BTE hearing aid, this device involves a small tube that connects to an earbud that sits inside the ear canal.

Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

This hearing aid is worn deeply in the ear canal and is the least visible option.

In the Canal (ITC)

A custom earmold is taken to make the shell that sits in the ear canal opening (or the lower portion of the outer ear).

Completely in the Ear Canal (CIC)

These types of hearing aids are among the smallest that are available. They are designed to sit in the ear canal.

Receiver in the Ear Canal (RIC)

This style involves the receiver sitting in the ear canal and a wire connecting it to the microphone and amplifier which is behind the ear.

Hearing Aid Brands

We will work with you to select a hearing device that best suits your lifestyle and hearing loss. We have a relationship with the most innovative hearing aid manufacturers, which gives us the ability to offer you the most up to date hearing aid technology.The brands we work with include:
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We are committed to prioritizing and transforming your hearing health. By offering a wide range of options, we are able to effectively recommend hearing aids that can maximize your hearing!

Prioritize Your Hearing Health!

Prioritizing your hearing health can change your life. Treating hearing loss drastically enhances hearing and communication which has far-reaching effects on all aspects of life. Strengthened communication offers countless benefits including: improves relationships, enriches social life, boosts confidence, and fully supports people navigating daily life independently. This is great for overall health, longevity, and quality of life!

The first step is simple. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment! Your consultation will include a hearing exam that establishes your hearing needs. We are here to guide you through the process of tending to your hearing health.

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