Hearing aids WILL benefit you if you are hearing impaired.
The benefits of hearing aids depend on several factors:
- Duration of time passed since you began experiencing symptoms
- How much hearing you have left (residual hearing)
- How much your word recognition ability has been affected
- Your overall health, especially any history of diabetes or stroke.
- Your ability to adapt to change
Your hearing loss didn’t happen overnight. It may take a while to get the maximum benefit from your hearing aids.
Once a hearing-impaired person has decided to address their hearing problems head-on, choosing the right hearing professional is the most important decision they can make. The correct hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the skill of the professional selecting the instrument. The hearing aids selected for you at Athens Oconee Audiology are based on the results of the test, your budget, your unique lifestyle, and an array of other considerations. We understand that technical terms and jargon are often confusing and frustrating, so we promise to clearly explain everything to you about this new experience and answer any and all questions you may have about your hearing aids. If you’re interested in learning more about hearing aids, below is a list of the current styles we carry.
Lyric™ Hearing Aids
We are happy to offer Lyric hearing aids to our patients. Lyric is invisible when worn and delivers natural and exceptional sound quality. Lyric’s placement deep in the ear canal allows the outer ear to direct sound into the ear canal naturally, resulting in reduced background noise and feedback, and exceptional sound quality. This innovative hearing aid allows its users to go about their everyday life without having to worry about their hearing aids. Lyric can be worn 24/7 for up to four months at a time. Find out more of the benefits of Lyric hearing aids:
- 100% invisible
- Effortless hearing all day every day
- Can be used during your normal activities like exercising, talking on the phone, sleeping and even showering
- No batteries means no dead hearing aids and no maintenance
- No daily insertion or removal is required
Invisible In Canal (IIC)
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing instruments are 100% invisible when worn. The IIC instrument sits deep in the ear canal ensuring sound travels efficiently and accurately to your eardrum. This invisible hearing aid is designed for daily removal.
- Completely invisible when worn
- Hear clearly in noise
- Built to the contours of your ear canal
- Highest definition of sound quality
- Designed for daily removal
Completely In Canal (CIC)
Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) micro-technology allows this type of hearing aid to be worn deep inside the ear canal. CICs are so tiny, they are almost invisible when worn.
- Cosmetically desirable because these hearing aids are tiny in size
- Programmed to have automatic or push button settings
- Require good manual dexterity in order to place the hearing aid in the ears
In The Canal (ITC)
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are smaller than the ITE style and are also custom made to fit the size and shape of your ear canal.
- Discreet design
- Easy to use with the telephone
- May not fit well in small ears
In The Ear (ITE)
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-made and fit comfortably inside the ear.
- Easy to insert into the ear because of its larger size
- Easy-to-operate larger features such as volume control
- Ideal in helping mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind The Ear (BTE)
The behind-the-ear (BTE) style sits behind the ear, while the amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized earmold that fits in your ear.
- Typically offers more power than a custom-made hearing aid
- Robust for active wears
- Suitable for all degrees of hearing loss
- Large, easy-to-use hearing aids that are very reliable
The Over-the-Ear hearing aid style that is very similar to the Behind-the-Ear style, but is much smaller and discreet in design. This style holds the electronics in a slim case that hooks over the top of the ear and hides behind the top of the ear. A clear narrow tube follows the front of the ear and carries sound to the tiny earbud, which sits unnoticeable in the ear canal.
- Allows natural sounds to enter the ear canal
- Can be selected, programmed, and fit in one visit
- Very discreet and appealing to people with cosmetic priorities
- Does not require custom molding
Receiver In Canal (RIC)
Receiver in the Canal or Open-Ear hearing aids are the newest design to reduce or eliminate that echo or plugged up feeling wearers can sometimes experience (referred to as the occlusion effect). They are easy to wear and barely noticeable.
- Fits a large range of hearing loss
- Offers the greatest flexibility in programming
- Water-resistant and very durable