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Learn more about the common types of hearing aids and how they can improve your hearing.
When it comes to choosing the right hearing aid to fit your lifestyle and needs, we know that the options can seem endless. Our team of otolaryngologists and audiologist provide comprehensive hearing aid fittings right here in the Sun City West, AZ, area, working with each and every patient to make sure that they are receiving the hearing aid that will work best for them. Let’s get familiar with the types of hearing aids we offer:
Behind the ear (BTE): The receiver sits behind the ear where it transmits sounds through a plastic tube to an ear mold. These are some of the larger styles of hearing aids on the market, however, the benefits associated with a BTE hearing aid include,
- Ideal for those with severe or profound hearing loss
- May last longer than smaller hearing aids
- Easy to control and manipulate because it’s larger (ideal for seniors and those with dexterity issues)
Mini BTE: This device functions in the exact same way as a traditional BTE, but it is a bit more compact. Instead of a custom-made earmold a mini BTE will use an earbud, which will sit within the ear canal. The earbud allows the ear canal to remain open, meaning that = the device will produce a clearer and more natural sound.
Receiver in canal (RIC): The amplifier rests behind the ear and is connected to an earbud or earmold (which rests in the ear canal) through thin wires. The wires are less noticeable than hearing aids with plastic tubing. RIC hearing aids also boast exceptional sound quality.
In the ear (ITE): This hearing device consists of a custom-made mold that sits in the outer ear and contains the microphone and amplifier in one device. These hearing aids are easy for many of our patients to wear and care for here in Sun City West, AZ, and they are ideal for telephone conversations.
In the canal (ITC): A device that works similarly to the in-the-ear model, the only difference is that it sits within the opening of the ear canal rather than the outer ear, making it far less noticeable. While this is a discrete option for the wearer, it is important to note that it may be more difficult to control since it’s smaller than other hearing devices.
Completely in the canal (CIC): If your main goal is to find a hearing aid that others won’t be able to see then a completely in the canal model may be the ideal choice for you. They won’t have the same capabilities as other models, but they are lightweight and comfortable. Again, if you suffer from dexterity problems, then this type of hearing aid may not be the easiest to control.
Arizona ENT provides hearing aids, screenings, and more to patients living in and around Sun City, El Mirage, Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ. If you are looking to schedule a consultation to discuss the best hearing aid option for you then call us at (623) 975-1660 or (623) 972-2951.
- People seem to be talking very quietly all the time
- You find it difficult to follow along in conversations
- Higher pitched sounds, like alarm clocks or birds, are harder to hear
- Words with higher frequency consonants like f, t, s, p, and h are difficult to distinguish
- You frequently ask people to repeat themselves
Hearing aids help improve your hearing by increasing the volume of sound around you, making it easier for you to hear and communicate. They provide you with convenience, comfort, and ease. Therefore, you must take good care of them to preserve their quality performance. Aside from routine visits with our ENT doctor here at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in our Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, locations, to ensure that your hearing aids are in proper condition, here are some tips to help you maintain them at home:
- Protect them from moisture: Moisture damages the sensitive technology present in your hearing aids. If they come into direct contact with water, dry them with a clean cloth immediately.
- Change their batteries often: When batteries are left in your hearing aids for an extended time, it could corrode them. Keep the battery door open when not in use. In case you won’t be using them for a few days, remove the batteries. When replacing the batteries, use a cotton swab for cleaning the battery contacts.
- Avoid getting them in contact with dirt: Your hands should always be clean before you touch your hearing aids. Dirt could block the microphone input easily if handled improperly.
- Rid your devices of earwax: Ensure that your aids don’t have earwax in them, as it can affect their quality. After a day of using them, clean them softly with a cotton swab or toothbrush to remove unwanted debris and earwax.
- Replace the wax filter often: Doing so will help avoid damage to the interior parts of your devices. Do this when you notice buildup on the filter.
- Handle them with care: Make sure that they’re always held properly and stored in a safe and dry environment.
- Set professional cleanings every four to six months: Professionals can spot and repair a couple of things you may have overlooked, as well as make necessary adjustments.
In case you encounter any recurring problems with the performance of your hearing aids, visit your ENT doctor in our Sun City or Sun City West, AZ, office, especially if cleaning them doesn’t fix the problem. It may have something to do with their delicate technology that is easily damaged if handled improperly. Do not attempt to tamper with it.
For Any Concerns or Questions About Your Hearing Aids, Contact Us
Schedule your appointment with one of our ENT doctors at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians by calling our Sun City West, AZ, office at (623) 975-1660 and our Sun City, AZ, office at (623) 972-2951.
Hearing loss is a common problem among people of all ages. However, you may not even realize that you're experiencing this issue because hearing gradually deteriorates over time. In other words, it's not something that happens overnight. Fortunately, hearing aids can help many people suffering from hearing loss. These devices amplify sound, making it easier for you to hear the world around you.
If you think you have hearing loss, contact Arizona ENT for issues relating to the ears, nose and throat. Our medical professionals in Sun City and Sun City West can provide you with hearing aids as a way to treat your hearing loss. How do you know if it's time for you to consider hearing aids? Read on to learn the warning signs:
You have trouble hearing your friend talk to you when you're in a noisy restaurant
When you sit with a friend at a restaurant, there's usually background noise. People with hearing loss have trouble tuning out the background noise so they can understand the person speaking to them. If this often happens to you, you probably need to consider hearing aid treatment.
You turn up the volume on your TV or radio, and other people in the room complain that it's too loud
Sometimes it's difficult to hear the dialogue in a TV show, especially when there's music playing at the same time. If you turn up the volume and people in the room say it's up too loud, you probably have hearing loss.
When you're in a group setting, you struggle to follow the conversation
When there are several people talking together in a group, you may strain to hear what everyone is saying. If this describes your situation, you probably need to get a hearing evaluation.
Concerned? Give us a call
Just because you are losing your hearing doesn't mean that you have to live the rest of your life struggling to understand your friends and loved ones. Schedule an appointment with our doctors at our Sun City or Sun City West locations. Contact our Sun City West location at 623-975-1660. You can reach our Sun City location at 623-972-2951.
If you are having hearing problems, you may be thinking about hearing aids. Choosing a hearing aid is an important decision, and one you shouldn’t make alone. Fortunately, your ear, nose, and throat doctor can help you choose the right hearing aid for you. Here at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat, we offer a wide range of ENT services, including hearing aids. With two convenient office locations in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, our team of ENTs is here to help you hear better—read on to learn more!
How do I know if I might need a hearing aid?
There are some definite signs and symptoms of hearing loss, which may indicate how you can benefit from a hearing aid. For instance, you should seek out your ENT specialist if sounds and speech are muffled, you have trouble picking words out of background noise, you need people to speak louder, you have problems hearing the consonants in words, or you find yourself avoiding social situations/conversations because of hearing problems.
During an appointment, your ENT specialist can do a hearing test to determine your level of hearing loss. This is an important step to begin the selection of the right hearing aid which will benefit you the most.
What are the different types of hearing aids?
There are several types of hearing aids, each with their own benefits:
- A CIC hearing aid fits completely inside the ear canal and is the most discreet type of hearing aid; CIC hearing aids don’t have volume control or a directional microphone.
- An ITE hearing aid fits in your ear and loops over the outer or lower part of the ear structure; ITE hearing aids are less discreet than CIC aids, but they do have volume control.
- A BTE hearing aid fits behind your ear and hooks over the top of your ear; they connect to an inner earpiece and have superb sound quality.
What are cochlear implants?
Cochlear implants are an alternative to conventional hearing aids and are a great solution for severe hearing loss. They perform the functions of parts of your ear that aren’t working correctly.
Interested? Give us a call
To find out more about hearing aids, hearing tests, and our other ENT services, call the Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, offices of Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat today. For Sun City, dial (623) 972-2951, and for Sun City West, (623) 975-1660.