HEARING AIDS

At Srinivas Speciality ENT Centre, you can expect to find pioneering digital hearing aid technology from leading manufacturers such as GN ReSound, Widex, Beltone and Starkey. Today's digital hearing aids contain microchips - that help fine tune the device as per hearing test results and lifestyle needs.


How are hearing aids selected?

The most important factors in determining which hearing aid is right for you are:

  • 1) Results of your hearing test,
  • 2) Lifestyle,
  • 3) Level of dexterity

Based on these key factors our hearing aid audiologist will recommend the most appropriate one to satisfy your individual needs, so you feel comfortable and confident wearing them every day. At Sreenivas Specialty, all our hearing aids are personalized and our prices only depend on the features of the hearing aid. We take the time to understand your needs and the situations and environments where you have the most difficulty hearing, so we can recommend the best solution to meet your needs and budget.


How do hearing aids work?

There are different types of hearing aid, but they all have the same five key components:




  • ➺ The microphone on the outside of the hearing aid picks up sound from the air as it enters the ear and converts sound waves into digital signals

  • Microchip - a miniature computer that helps to tune and personalize your hearing aid to your individual needs. Any feedback from the device and noise from wind or surrounding environment is cancelled or reduced. This is also where tinnitus masking features are imposed.

  • ➺ Next, the amplifier strengthens the digital signals (

  • ➺ After which, digital signals are converted back into audible sound waves by the receiver

  • ➺ A battery is also included which is the power source of the hearing aid

While it may appear to be a long process from start to finish, it is complete within a fraction of a second. Through constant research and development, hearing technology continues to improve and people with hearing loss can enjoy natural listening experiences through their devices.

I do not want my hearing aids to be seen my others around me. Is there a solution to suit my need?

Many hearing aid users are self-conscious about wearing their aids because of which they would rather ignore their hearing problem. We now offer a range of invisible hearing aids that are almost impossible to see under normal conditions. These invisible hearing aids use the latest cutting edge digital technology and are custom made to fit completely in your ear canal. The only thing your friends and family will notice is your improved hearing. Another device which is barely visible is the Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid. Once worn, a thin hair like wire will be visible from the sides, and a tiny hearing aid body from behind if hair does not cover it.

What are the different types of hearing aids?

Hearing aid types can be divided into 2 categories:


Custom made devices - These are devices made as per the measurements taken from the patients ear, and are placed within the canal and outer portion of the ear.



Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are moulded to fit deeply into your ear canal with only the faceplate and insertion rod visible. These devices are not suited for those who have narrow ear canals, normal low frequency hearing, children and those who cannot handle small objects as the battery required is tiny.


In-the-canal/ear (ITC/ITE ) aids are completely contained in a custom-moulded beige casing that fits into the ear. Although they are visible within the ear, they are easier to handle and have easy-to-access controls.


Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) or micro CIC devices are the smallest model of hearing aids available and are placed deeper in the ear-canal. These are the least visible custom made device and are suitable for mild to moderately-severe hearing losses.

 

Custom devices are susceptible to ear wax clogging, but can be handled by a simple wax guard change. Ask your audiologist to demonstrate how the wax guard is changed, so you can do it by yourself if the device is clogged in future.

The image below compares 3 of the custom made devices, these devices differ on size, user controls and battery type.



Behind the ear devices - These are devices placed behind the pinna (outer) portion of the ear, with an ear-mold or receiver placed within the canal or outer portion of the ear.



A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an earmold that fits in your ear canal. This type is appropriate for people of all ages and those with almost any type of hearing loss.


Receiver-in-canal: Compared to classic behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, the receiver of the RIC device is placed in the ear canal instead of the housing, thereby reducing its size. This is a very discreet yet powerful device with excellent noise reduction features.