At ENT Specialists, you’ll find we’re more than just an otolaryngology service. We have a staff of doctors and audiologists that provide complete hearing care too. If you think you have hearing loss, mention it when you book your ENT appointment, and we will check your hearing at the same appointment. Save time and save a co-pay when you schedule your hearing test along with your regular ENT appointment.
Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can be worn behind the ear, in the ear or deep in the ear canal. The style you wear depends on your hearing needs, lifestyle, budget and any dexterity or vision issues or cosmetic concerns. Hearing aid cost is more dependent on the functions and features provided and less on the hearing aid style. The most common styles are:
- Behind the ear (BTE): BTE hearing aids have two components: a case worn behind the ear and a mold or receiver worn in the ear. The two components are connected by a tube. They provide perfect amplification for those with mild-to-profound hearing loss.
- Mini BTE: This device has a slim tube and tip. It is much like the traditional BTE device but in a smaller and more discreet package. It, too, can be worn by those with mild-to-profound hearing loss.
- BTE with earmolds: BTE hearing aids with earmolds use a custom-made earmold for the portion worn in the ear. A case is still worn behind the ear. Like all BTE hearing aids, this style is used for mild-to-profound hearing loss.
- In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are custom made from a mold of the ear. They are worn in the outer portion of the ear canal and provide amplification for mild-to-severe hearing loss. They are available in a variety of colors.
- Invisible in canal (IIC): IIC devices are worn deeper in the ear canal. They are less visible than ITE hearing aids and can be worn by those with mild hearing loss.
- Completely in canal (CIC): CIC hearing aids fit completely in the ear canal. They utilize a small handle that sits outside the ear canal to aid with insertion and removal of the device. These hearing aids provide amplification for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC): ITC devices are almost invisible. They are worn inside the canal, with only a small portion of the device visible. These discreet hearing aids provide amplification for those with mild-to-mildly-severe hearing loss.
- Receiver-in-canal (RIC): RIC hearing aids are miniature styles that are similar in design to the BTE and ITC. The receiver sits in the ear canal and provides enough amplification for those with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
Prolonged exposure to loud noise damages the hair cells in the inner ear. Once damaged, they cannot be restored. As the number of healthy hair cells decreases, so does your hearing. Wearing custom hearing protection in noisy environments protects the delicate hair cells in your cochlea.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Stream audio directly to your hearing aids with Bluetooth technology. Pair your hearing aids to your television, audio player, GPS and other Bluetooth-enabled devices for the clearest sound.
Cell phone accessories
Cell phone accessories for hearing aids put additional distance between your hearing aids and your cell phone. This can cut down or completely eliminate feedback, whirring or buzzing that makes phone conversation difficult. Other devices make hands-free operation simple and easy.
State of the art technology and exceptionally small devices make ReSound a favorite of those with hearing loss. Reconnect with the sounds of your life with ReSound.
Experience robust and rich sound with hearing aids from Starkey. Leaders in hearing aid technology, Starkey, makes hearing aids for all levels of hearing loss.