When Your Audiologist Recommends Hearing Aids

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We believe strongly that hearing rehabilitation is a collaborative effort. For our part, the road to helping you succeed begins with a complete evaluation and accurate diagnoses of the cause and extent of your hearing loss, a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs, and ongoing counseling and support to help you achieve your goals. Your part is dedicating yourself to the process of learning a new way of hearing.

As dispensing audiologists, we recommend and fit the great variety of digital hearing aids on the market today. These devices can dramatically improve your hearing, and in the process, your quality of life. We can also recommend assistive listening devices (ALD’s) to amplify everyday sounds in your home or workplace.

That said, there is no one-size-fits-all hearing aid, and they do have their limits. The “right” hearing aids are the ones that are most appropriate for your level of hearing loss, overall health, lifestyle, work environment, and budget, among other factors we take into consideration to personalize your hearing rehabilitation program.

Which brings us to the first decisions our patients must make: the decision to wear hearing aids and whether to adapt their home or work environment with one or more assistive-listening devices.

What is the right choice of hearing aids for you?

Most people, when told by their audiologist that they need hearing aids, share common concerns: “How do I wear them?” “How will they look from the outside?” “What will they cost?”

Types of hearing aidsPictured at left are basic types of hearing aids: Behind The Ear (BTE), In The Ear (ITE), In The Canal (ITC), Completely In The Canal (CIC), Open Fit, and Body-Worn Hearing Aids. The choice of instruments for an individual patient depends on your degree and type of hearing loss, as well as your lifestyle. We take extra care to ensure your hearing aids fit properly according to your comfort-level.

Another advantage of digital technology – smallness – makes it possible to enjoy state-of-the-art sound amplification while wearing discrete, even stylish custom hearing aids. We’ve pictured an Open Fit hearing aid at the beginning of the article to show a type of hearing aid that’s worn externally and yet almost disappears behind the ear.

As for cost, this also depends on what you need and your choice of devices. But don’t be discouraged by the Ferraris of digital hearing aids.¬†Understanding that hearing aids are an important investment, at any price, we’ll fit you with quality, reliable, discreet devices that also fit your budget.

How do digital hearing aids work?

Digital hearing aids were first introduced in the 1980’s. These “Next Generation” hearing devices, like other digital technologies, such as the one you’re using to research hearing – the computer – have advanced rapidly and gotten smaller.

Digital devices capture and convert sound waves into digital signals, which duplicate the sounds exactly, and amplify sounds while minimizing “feedback”, the annoying background noise common to older hearing aids. These signals are passed along to the auditory nerve in the inner ear, and ultimately to the auditory center of the brain.

One of the great benefits of digital hearing technologies is that we can program them and add features, as necessary, to customize your hearing aids.

For more technical information on digital hearing aids: Types of Hearing Aid Technologies, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

We’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Please call us at 520-825-4770.

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About Arizona Audiology Network

Arizona Audiology Network is a group of independent audiology practices allied by a common vision: Protecting the hearing of children and adults through education and prevention; utilization of state of the art diagnostics to detect hearing loss as early as possible and help you conserve the hearing you have; improving your relationships and quality of life through hearing rehabilitation, digital hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Contact Oro Valley & Tanque Verde Audiology at 520-825-4770, or Tucson Audiologists at 520-260-5731.