Hearing Technology


What to Consider When Buying a Hearing Aid
Hearing Test:
  • Ensure a thorough assessment by an Audiologist, a Regulated Health Care Professional
  • Understand your audiogram including the type and degree of your hearing loss and speech discrimination abilities
Technology and Features:
  • Consider your communication needs at work and in social situations
  • Review the technology options on hearing aids such as noise reduction, microphone options, manual controls, remote controls and ability to use assistive technology such as FM and Bluetooth connectivity with your Audiologist
Styles:
  • Review the instruments sizes and styles so that you are happy cosmetically
  • The style should accommodate the technology and features required to improve your communication needs
  • Review the benefits of wearing one vs two hearing aids for noise reduction and sound localization
Budget and Warranty:
  • Consider the value and pricing of the hearing aids including dispensing and impression fees, service, accessories and batteries that may be included in the purchase and in the warranty period
  • Hearing aids are funded through the Ministry of Health’s Assistive Devices Program for adults and children with a valid health card in Ontario. Other funding options include WSIB, DVA, ODSP, Indian Affairs, HCAI and private insurance companies.
  • We pride ourselves in offering our ‘Peace of Mind’ package when hearing aids are purchased at our clinic for private pay patients.

Styles

Hearing aids are available in a number of styles including:

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)
Invisible-In-Canal hearing aids are placed deep into the ear canal so no parts can be seen. IICs provide improved sound and increased comfort. They are suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)
Completely-In-The-Canal hearing aids fit within the ear canal making them very difficult to notice. CICs offer excellent sound quality, but may be difficult for some people to manipulate due to the instrument's small size. They are suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

In-The-Canal (ITC)
In-The-Canal hearing aids are custom-built to fit almost completely within the ear canal. ITCs are appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

In-The-Ear (ITE)
In-The-Ear hearing aids are custom-built to fit securely in an individual’s outer ear. ITEs are appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss, and are generally stronger and have less feedback than smaller hearing aids.

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)
Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are designed to leave the ear canal open. These hearing aids are usually small and joined to the ear canal by a very slim tube, making them hard to see. They are most suitable for mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
Behind-The-Ear hearing aids rest behind the ear and amplified sound is sent through a tube to an earmold that fits in the ear. BTEs often use larger batteries for longer life and bigger amplifiers for stronger amplification. Most BTEs are compatible with assistive listening devices. BTEs are suitable for mild to profound hearing loss.

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