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How do hearing aids work?

No matter which hearing aid you ultimately choose, they all work the same way. They are battery-powered and contain at least one microphone that’s responsible for picking up sound, along with aa computer chip that amplifies and processes that sound. From there, a speaker in the device sends a signal to your ear.

Styles of Hearing Aids

There are two main styles of hearing aids: in-the-ear and behind-the-ear. There are also several subtypes associated with these two groups, and each one comes with its own set of pros and cons.

in-the-ear

ITE Hearing Aids

ITE hearing aids rest inside the ear and come in a range of sizes.

Depending on the solution you choose, they may be virtually invisible or they may fill the entire ear.

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC). This style is custom-made and inserted inside the ear canal as far as possible. It’s virtually invisible when worn and is ideal for treating mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC). CIC hearing aids are also custom-fitted and suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss, but they are unique in that they feature a small, plastic handle that is visible outside of the ear canal. This handle is used to insert and remove the hearing aid.

In-The-Canal (ITC). ITC hearing aids are custom-made and rest inside the ear canal, but a small portion of the device is visible when worn. They are a bit larger than IIC and CIC options because they feature a longer battery life and are suitable for treating hearing loss that ranges from mild to mildly severe.


behind-the-ear

BTE Hearing Aids

ITE hearing aids rest inside the ear and come in a range of sizes.

Depending on the solution you choose, they may be virtually invisible or they may fill the entire ear.

Mini BTE. Mini BTE hearing aids are very popular among our SFENTA patients in Miami and throughout Florida. They are designed to hide completely behind the ear, and the tubes that transmit sound are very thin. They’re an ideal option for high-frequency hearing loss.

Traditional BTE. Traditional BTE hearing instruments feature thick tubing, along with increased stability and power. They are highly visible when worn and appropriate for treating profound hearing loss.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC). With RIC hearing aids, the speaker is inserted in the tip of the ear, rather than in the device itself (which is located behind the ear). As such, these instruments are associated with better sound quality and a smaller and lighter device.

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Choosing

The right hearing aid for you

Before selecting a hearing aid, you will first need a medical and audiological examination – both of which can be done at SFENTA. During your appointment, your doctor will evaluate your ear, nose and throat to rule out underlying medical conditions that may be responsible for your hearing challenges, such as an infection, injury, earwax impaction or tumor. Your hearing will then be assessed by an audiologist to determine the type and extent of your hearing loss.

From there, you will have the opportunity to select a hearing aid that suits your needs. It should be convenient and easy to use, and you’ll want it to provide the best compensation for your hearing challenges. You’ll also want to consider the manufacturer’s warranty, estimated repair costs, upgrade opportunities and the company’s reputation. Your SFENTA physician will review all of these factors with you during your appointments to help you choose the hearing instrument that’s right for you.

The benefits of correcting your hearing loss

Some patients are hesitant to invest in hearing aids. However, hearing loss can have an adverse effect on yourquality of life, personal relationships, health and career. Correcting it comes with a host of benefits, including:

Less Repair Cognitive Decline

Many studies have identified untreated hearing loss as a risk factor for dementia and diminished cognitive functioning.

Enhanced Quality of Life

SFENTA patients in Miami and throughout Florida who correct their hearing loss generally enjoy a better quality of life than those who leave it untreated.

Reduced Tinnitus Symptoms

Phantom sounds in the ears (tinnitus) are usually accompanied by some degree of hearing loss. Wearing a hearing aid usually minimizes bothersome tinnitus symptoms.

How much do hearing aids cost?

The price of hearing aids can range quite a bit. In general, they can be anywhere from $1000 to $4000 for each device, with most people requiring two devices to correct their hearing loss.

Many insurance plans feature coverage for hearing aids, and the investment covers much more than just the hearing instrument. It also includes the hearing test with your audiologist, the initial fitting for your device, follow-up adjustments, routine cleanings and a warranty.

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For many patients in Miami and throughout Florida, hearing aids are the best way to correct hearing loss. Contact SFENTA today to meet with an audiologist and discover the hearing aid solution that’s right for you.

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