Today, hearing aids have evolved to help those with hearing loss improve their hearing abilities in all types of sound scenarios and come in sleek shapes and styles that blend into the ear’s natural shape. At The Barranco Clinic, our audiologists are trained in helping patients select the right hearing aid. Our styles offer benefits that include directional microphones, rechargeable batteries, and wireless connectivity, allowing you to experience improved hearing in any setting.

The Science of Hearing Aids

Patients experiencing hearing loss often turn to hearing aids as a solution. These small devices are worn in or around the ear to amplify sound. While there are different types of hearing aids, they each work using the same technology. Hearing aids are battery-powered, and some include rechargeable batteries. Each hearing aid contains one or more microphones that pick up sound and then process and amplify it. The speaker in the device then sends a signal to your ear.

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Quiet Casual Social Active

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Quiet:

The majority of your daily interactions are with a single person, rather than large groups with heavy background noise. You enjoy quiet conversations, infrequent shopping, watching TV, seeing movies, and talking on the phone.

Essential Tiered hearing aids:

  • Amplify the sounds of direct conversation, while noisier backgrounds may still be challenging
  • Manual adjustment may be required for different types of environments 
  • Still requires the use of your listening effort for most listening environments
  • Convenient rechargeability for a full day of hearing

Casual:

You are occasionally in environments with heavier background noise such as seeing friends or working in an office.  You participate in meetings, small group conversations, intimate restaurant settings, and listen to lectures/sermons from a distance.  

Standard Tiered hearing aids:

  • Allows you to hear more clearly in varied environments
  • Transitions between noise environments with occasional manual adjustment 
  • Still requires the use of your listening effort for some listening environments
  • Convenient rechargeability for a full day of hearing

Social:

You have an active lifestyle that places you in a variety of environments throughout the day. This could include attending large group gatherings regularly, frequently eating out at restaurants, and attending meetings and celebrations.

Advanced Tiered hearing aids:

  • Help you hear and understand the sounds around you more clearly in most environments
  • Automatically adjust to your surroundings as you transition between multiple environments.
  • Since the device is processing more of the environmental sounds, less listening effort is required giving YOU back more energy
  • Convenient rechargeability for a full day of hearing

Active:

You lead a dynamic lifestyle with frequent trips and travel, a busy social life, and have a work environment that requires many meetings or conferences.  You may also frequent sporting events and concerts along with other listening environments with higher levels of background noise.

Premium tiered hearing aids:

  • Amplify and deliver sound in a way that mimics the most natural listening process
  • Provides optimal customizable settings that are unique to your specific hearing needs
  • Automatic environmental detection to ensure effortless hearing in all situations

Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are categorized by their location on the ear. The primary styles are In the Ear (ITE) or Behind the Ear (BTE). Some hearing aids are designed to blend into the ear and use flesh tones, while others may be more colorful or stylish. The type of hearing aid that works best for you will depend on your hearing loss and what style you find most comfortable. Most patients typically have several options.

Receiver in Canal (RIC)

Both the RITE and RIC (receiver in the canal) hearing aids have a small speaker and processor found behind the ear. These are the more prominent styles of hearing aids and are more visible than other choices. Because of their size, they can include more features that allow customization and benefit those with more profound hearing loss.

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  • Fits a range of hearing losses
  • Connects to your smartphone and other devices
  • Available with rechargeability and Bluetooth connectivity

Behind the Ear (BTE)

BTE hearing aids have come a long way. While they are visible and sit behind the ear, their shape has become sleeker, with new styles that are small and discrete. They often include a small piece that sits inside the ear canal.

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  • These durable devices are typically fit to those patients with severe to profound hearing loss
  • They are a good option for those people with limited dexterity
  • Available with rechargeability and Bluetooth connectivity

In the Ear (ITE) or In the Canal (ITC)

ITE hearing aids are most often used for patients experiencing moderate to mild hearing loss. The hearing aid can invisibly sit inside the ear canal or be located in the bowl of the ear. They often vary in size and color but include benefits such as directional microphones and manual control options.

Related conditions:

  • A good choice for those who may have trouble fitting a BTE/RIC style hearing aid
  • Patients with near normal low frequency hearing may experience a “plugged up” feeling known as occlusion
  • Some models may connect to your smartphone for technology integration

Completely in canal (CIC) / Invisible in the canal (IIC)

CIC hearing aids can be used for different levels of hearing loss. They are used inside the ear canal and cannot be seen by most. These hearing aids are flesh-toned and well-suited to those looking for the most discreet option.

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  • Almost invisible to those around you
  • Requires batteries that are changed frequently
  • This style compromises technology integration because of the small design

Benefits of Hearing Aids

Sounds help connect you to the world, and when hearing them is challenging, it can impact multiple aspects of your life. Some of the benefits of hearing aids include:

Integrative Technology

Using Bluetooth technology, you can stream music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and phone calls directly to your hearing aids.

On the Go Charging

Many of our hearing aids offer rechargeable batteries that allow you to charge from almost anywhere. The batteries can be recharged in just a few hours, which saves you time and money on replacements.

Multi-Directional Microphone Hearing

Rather than just one microphone amplifying the noise around you, modern hearing aids use multi-directional microphones to create a more natural listening experience. Using sensors the hearing aids can detect speech or noise within the environment and adjust accordingly.

Discreet Options

Hearing aids today are designed to seamlessly form to the shape of your ear and appear as discreet as possible. On top of being discreet, they are comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time.

Who Is a Candidate for Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids can be used for anyone experiencing hearing loss. Our staff work with patients experiencing varying degrees of hearing loss and help them find a solution personalized to their needs. To find out if hearing aids are right for you, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists.

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About The Barranco Clinic

The Barranco Clinic is a top-rated provider for audiology services. Our offices have been helping patients find customized hearing solutions for over 20 years. 

We’ve made it our mission to provide each patient with:

Personalized Treatment

Our providers take the time to work with each patient, ensuring they understand their symptoms and needs.

Top-rated Physician Network

With a team of experienced physicians who have been helping patients for years, we’ve built a team that is prepared for any ENT concern.

Continuity of Care

We believe that the best patient outcome is long-term relief from the condition impacting your life.

Community Investment

The Barranco Clinic has been helping patients across Florida improve their health for over 20 years and is proud to be a long-time member of the community.

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Your Hearing Aids Experience

When you visit The Barranco Clinic for hearing aids, our staff will first perform a medical and audiological exam. Our providers will evaluate your ears, nose, and throat to help ensure they understand the cause of your hearing loss, as well as review your medical history. A hearing test will also be performed to determine the type of hearing aid that will work best for you. Once you select your hearing aid, our staff can work with you to help you understand how they work, their capabilities and fine-tune your settings.

Hearing Aids FAQ

How will I know which hearing aid style is right for me?

Our staff will work with you to evaluate your hearing and help you select the best possible hearing aid. We have been helping patients with hearing aids for over 20 years and are experienced in helping patients.

I am starting to notice some hearing loss. Should I get hearing aids?

You may benefit from hearing ours. Our providers will evaluate your hearing to determine the cause of your hearing loss and help you find a solution.

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