How Do Hearing Aids Work?

Hearing aids can do more than just amplify sound. They can also reduce background noise so it’s easier to hear and understand speech in noisy environments. How do hearing aids accomplish this? There are three basic components:

  1. Microphone - Receives sound and sends it to the processor
  2. Processor - Analyzes the sound and turns it into electrical signals
  3. Receiver - Sends the signals to your ear as soundwaves

 

Styles of Hearing Aids

Completely-in-the-Canal Hearing Aid
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

Fits inside the ear and out of sight

In-the-Canal Hearing Aid
In-the-Canal (ITC)

Custom-molded hearing aids that fit partly in the ear canal

In-the-Ear Hearing Aid
In-the-Ear (ITE)

Custom made hearing aids that either fit in the full shell or the lower part of your outer ear

Invisible-in-Canal Hearing Aid
Invisible-in-Canal (IIC)

Sit out of sight inside the ear canal

Reciever-in-the-Canal Hearing Aid
Reciever-in-the-Canal (RIC)

Uses small wires to connect a behind-the-ear hearing aid with the speaker or receiver in the canal or in the ear.

Many of our patients have severe hearing losses that are best treated by custom-fit hearing aids within the ear. For milder losses, receiver-in-canal hearing aids are a popular choice because they are virtually invisible and quite comfortable.

As an independent hearing aid practice, we're also free to offer our patients hearing aids from any manufacturer. This flexibility allows us to choose which hearing aids are best for you personally. We find ourselves focusing on certain brands because our patients have the best results with them, such as Starkey, Phonak, and Oticon which provide powerful technology at all price points.

 

What Can I Expect When I Get Hearing Aids?

When you’re used to hearing the world around you at a lower than normal volume, it takes some time to adjust to hearing loudly and clearly again. Allow yourself time to adjust to the feel of the hearing aid inside your ears, as well as the sensation of hearing an array of sounds you aren’t used to. 

Hearing aids should be worn in incrementally longer intervals each day. On day one, wear your new hearing aids for two hours to give yourself time to adjust to all the new sounds you will be hearing. Increase this by two hours each day until you can comfortably wear your hearing aids for twelve hours a day. 

Use this chart as a guide for your first week:

DayWear Time

Day 1

2 hours

Day 2

4 hours

Day 3

6 hours

Day 4

8 hours

Day 5

10 hours

Day 6 

12 hours