3 Myths & Truths of Hearing Loss

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We all know someone who has experienced hearing loss. Most of us don’t think about it happening to us.

Just like you go to an optometrist to get glasses, you should see an audiologist to treat hearing loss. Hearing loss is currently the third most common health problem in the United States. It’s more common than you think.

October is Audiology Awareness Month, and we want to take the time to make sure you know the important facts about hearing loss. It’s not scary, and you don’t have to live with it. You can treat it, and we can help.

MYTH 1: Hearing loss only happens to older people.

Hearing loss is often a natural development that comes with aging. In fact, that’s one of the most common causes of hearing loss.

But that’s not the only cause. Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Noise-induced hearing loss, which is caused by noise that exceeds a safe sound level. If you frequent rock concerts or work in a loud factory without using hearing protection, you’re exposing yourself to the risk of hearing loss.

Hearing loss can also be caused by other underlying health issues, like chemotherapy, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, as well as others.

Frankly, hearing loss can happen to anyone regardless of age.

Myth 2: Hearing loss doesn’t affect any other aspects of your health.

It would be great if hearing loss didn’t affect other aspects of your health, but when it’s left untreated, your overall health will experience side effects.

Hearing loss has been proven to significantly affect the health of your brain. When hearing loss is left untreated, the brain is working harder than it should. This often causes the brain itself to shrink due to overuse (called brain atrophy). Research shows that these effects are directly related to dementia and the development of Alzheimer’s.

It’s also important to note that hearing loss can have a negative effect on your mental health. People who continue living life without treatment find themselves detached from the people and the things they care about, causing social isolation, anxiety, and loneliness.

Myth 3: You can wait to get hearing aids.

You find out you have hearing loss, but you assume getting hearing aids is not essential. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, hearing aids are probably the best solution. The longer you wait, the worse your hearing loss can become.

Hearing aids are incredible. They can give you back the hearing you lost. Waiting should not be an option.

Not only will you be able to hear the TV, you’ll be able to participate in the most important things of life. You can reconnect with the people you care about. You can enjoy hobbies. You can be an active participant in your life, not just a bystander.

The longer you wait, the greater the negative impact your hearing loss will have on your life.

Knowing the truth about hearing loss is important! When you understand the effects and challenges of leaving it untreated, you can take action early and help others do the same.

We’re hosting a Brain Hearing Presentation that will provide you with even more valuable information on the effects of hearing loss.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: Brain Hearing Presentation

When: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11 AM

Where: Generations of Indian Valley 259 North Second Street Souderton, PA 18964

4 Tips for Eating Out

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Eating out is a great way to enjoy time with the people you love and experience a wonderful meal. But if you have hearing loss, you might find yourself easily overwhelmed by the amount of noise in a restaurant.

So many factors come into play: the kitchen, the other guests, the background music. How are you supposed to enjoy a nice meal when you know you won’t be able to hear the conversation at your own table?

Don’t let this predicament stress you out. It’s true–restaurants can be a hub for noise. Young people don’t mind it much, and depending on what city you’re in, a loud restaurant could simply be the norm. Hearing loss can make it hard to dine out and enjoy the people you’re with.

We can help. Let’s look at a few ways to make your dining experience more enjoyable.

1. Do your research and choose a restaurant that meets your needs.

Did you know that you can use the internet to research the noise levels at certain restaurants? The information isn’t always guaranteed, but if you visit the website Yelp and search for the restaurant you’re hoping to visit, a review of the noise level is usually provided. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

This is an especially helpful tool if you’re visiting a new city. Before going to a new restaurant, you can research the noise level and choose what will work best for you.

Researching beforehand can eliminate your frustration, and prevent you from feeling disappointed.

2. Once you’ve picked your restaurant, let the host/hostess know what kind of table you’d like to sit at.

When you’re going out to eat, you want to enjoy the experience. Hearing loss, however, can make that more difficult. We encourage you to speak up! By voicing what you need, you can have a more comfortable experience at a table that allows you to hear those you’re with.

Whether you’re planning ahead with a reservation or asking the host or hostess for a table, ask for a booth. The higher bench seats will block out some of the environmental noise, making it easier for you to filter out the conversation right in front of you. When you sit down, choose to sit with your back to the noise. This allows your hearing aids to catch the conversation right in front of you, keeping the extra noises out of range.

You should also try to avoid a table that is near the kitchen. With all the foot traffic and noise, you’re better off sitting somewhere else.

3. Be honest with the people you’re dining with.

Hearing loss shouldn’t make you feel embarrassed. About 48 million Americans have some form of it, so you’re not alone!

If you’re dining out with friends, family, or coworkers, it is helpful to ask them to speak up or mention that you have hearing aids. It makes it easier to enjoy your meal and the company of those you’re with.

Don’t be afraid to let them know where you’d like to sit so you can be part of the conversation. Give them an idea of the type of restaurant you’d prefer to go to that isn’t too loud, and speak up if you know the place you’re going will make you feel like the odd one out.

4. Go out to eat at an earlier time.

A typical restaurant experiences a dinner rush around 6 PM. This means more people and more noise.

By going to a restaurant before the dinner rush, you avoid the hassle of a full restaurant. Not only will you be guaranteed a table, but you’ll also be able to hear those around you with ease.

If going out to eat at an earlier time isn’t possible, don’t worry. The steps we already listed can make it possible for you to enjoy yourself. Do what you can to plan ahead, and eating a restaurant will be an enjoyable experience.

Eating out doesn’t have to intimidate you! Using these tips, you can enjoy your meal, hear what’s happening around you, and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

If you think hearing aids might be helpful for you in situations like these, give us a call. We’d love to help you get back out there enjoying your life. Call us today at 215-855-4217.

Associates in Hearing vs. Costco: What is the true cost?

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When you’re looking into getting a new set of hearing aids, it’s reasonable for you to shop around and explore your options. Not every audiologist has the same hearing aids! When you’re looking at your options, you might notice that big box stores like Costco could cost you significantly less when purchasing a set of hearing aids.

But before you go running to a big box store to get a new pair of hearing aids, let’s discuss why Costco could cost you more in the long run.

1. The cause for your hearing loss could be more complex.

Most commonly, hearing loss is caused by noise exposure or natural aging. It’s normal for hearing loss to be brought on by exposure to a loud noise abruptly or over long periods of time. It’s also common for most people as they age to experience some form of hearing loss.

There are, however, instances where hearing loss is a result of another underlying issue. Some chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes are shown to be significantly related and even cause hearing loss in adults.

A hearing aid specialist at Costco may not be able to identify these possible causes at a hearing evaluation. With an audiologist at Associates in Hearing, we can rule out any underlying causes of your hearing loss and even refer you to the right specialist if needed.

By seeing an audiologist, you save yourself the costly expense of leaving an underlying issue potentially undiagnosed.

2. Hearing healthcare is more than a hearing test and hearing aids.

Having your hearing tested and properly evaluated is essential to discovering the right hearing aids for you. A big box store can do just that.

But what they can’t do is just as important. You can have your hearing aids serviced at the store you bought them, but that’s just about it. At Associates in Hearing, for example, we prioritize your needs. Caring for your hearing is not just servicing a number. We make sure your devices are always working properly, schedule your appointments in appropriate time intervals so you’re always taken care of, and continually keep track of your hearing loss.

A store like Costco won’t be able to provide you with the personal care you deserve. At Associates in Hearing, we pledge to make it a priority. By seeing an audiologist at AIH, you’ll be saving your valuable time and money by getting the right care the first time.

3. You matter. Making a sale doesn’t.

The advantage of seeing an audiologist or visiting Costco is that we don’t work on commission. That means we aren’t just trying to get you out the door with an expensive set of hearing aids.

At Costco, that’s about as far as it goes. They want to be helpful, but they can’t provide you with unmatched service, care, and support. At AIH, we can save you the headache of wondering if you’re truly treating your hearing loss or just masking it with ill-fit hearing aids.

At Associates in Hearing, our priority is to treat your hearing loss in a way that fits your lifestyle, addresses any underlying issues, and walking with you every step of the way. The last thing we want is to send you out the door with hearing aid technology that cost you more than you could afford. Our goal is to make sure you can hear your life and enjoy it the way you want.

Costco is a great place to buy hearing aids, but it will cost you more, in the long run, to purchase devices from a big box store. By seeing an audiologist at Associates in Hearing, we can save you more money by:

  1. Treating your hearing loss and recognizing any underlying causes.
  2. Providing personalized care that is attentive to your needs.
  3. Saving you time and money through attentive care and consistent follow-up appointments.

Are you ready to make the next step towards treating your hearing loss? We can help. Give us a call today to make an appointment.

What is a looped building?

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The best way to treat your hearing loss is by wearing hearing aids that are personally fit for you and your hearing loss needs. They can effectively and easily transmit sound you would normally miss right into your ears, meaning you aren’t going to miss a moment.

Not every situation or place is designed for people with hearing loss. An airport, for example, could easily be overwhelming. With crowds and announcements over the loudspeakers, you could miss something important and not even know it. Wearing hearing aids should make it easier.

Now, buildings, arenas, auditoriums, and airports are making it easier. With something called a hearing loop, buildings everywhere (now called looped buildings), take sound and feed it directly into your hearing aids.

Let’s answer some of your questions you might have about what a hearing loop is and how to use it.

1. What exactly is a hearing loop?

A hearing loop is almost exactly what it sounds like. It is a wire loop that surrounds an audience that picks up sound from a sound system and transforms it into a magnetic signal that is sent out into the audience. The telecoil within your hearing aid receives the signal, allowing your hearing aid to become your own personal speaker.

2. Where is hearing loop located?

To identify where a hearing loop is located, you should see a hearing assistance sign with a “T” on it. This signals those with hearing aids that their telecoils when turned on within the device, will pick up the sound and transmit it straight to the ear through their devices.

In America, hearing loops are found in airports, movie theaters, churches, auditoriums, train and subway stations, taxis, and arenas all around the country.

3. How do I use a hearing loop?

Like we noted earlier, a hearing loop is easily identifiable with a hearing assistance sign. These should be located in easily viewable public areas and have a “T” on it.

Make sure your hearing aids are on, and the magnetic signal should be picked up by the telecoil within your devices. Not to mention, hearing loops don’t cost you anything to use.

Your hearing aids are working hard to give you the hearing experience you want. But even with your personalized devices, you might struggle to hear in larger spaces with more people around. That’s normal.

Looped buildings offer hearing assistance to those who need it in an inconspicuous way. You don’t need large headphones or obvious devices. Instead, simply make sure the telecoil on your devices is on, and whatever everyone else is hearing, you can hear too.

If you ever wonder what buildings have a hearing loop, ask! You might be able to experience more than you thought.

If you have hearing loss and wonder what life would be like with hearing aids, we can help. Our goal at Associates in Hearing is to make sure you have the hearing you want to live the life you love. We can provide you with the hearing devices you need to help you stay connected to the people and experiences around you.

Give us a call today, and we would love to help!

Don’t Let Hearing Loss Keep You From Enjoying New Cities

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The bustling atmosphere of a big city can either draw you in or keep you away. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure! Making a visit to a new city, especially one that is busy and exciting, can be a great getaway. Unless you have hearing loss. Exploring a new city could be altogether intimidating and uninviting.

You might be hesitant to visit a new city because you have hearing loss. Your sense of awareness has to be heightened to accommodate your inability to hear well. You’ll need to keep in mind the increase in traffic and when it’s safe to cross the street while being mindful of the crowds of people. Not to mention how easily you could get turned around walking through new streets.

Being a new city can be intimidating, but it isn’t impossible. Your hearing loss doesn’t have to keep you away. There’s still an adventure out there waiting for you!

Here’s how you can enjoy your next trip while embracing your hearing loss.

1. Take care of your hearing aids.

This is obvious, right? We don’t just mean you should keep them from breaking. Your hearing aids are a bridge to keep you connected to the world around you. Taking care of them is essential to your awareness, safety, and enjoyment.

You should always keep an extra set of batteries for your devices on hand. If they are rechargeable, have an extra charging station in your bag. The last thing you need is a set of unusable hearing aids because the battery died.

You should also routinely maintain your devices by keeping them clean and free of debris. It’s not always easy to do it yourself, which is why our audiologists are always willing to help you. We can look at your devices, send them out for maintenance if they’re under warranty, and clean them ourselves.

2. Plan ahead.

Having a plan might seem like it takes the spontaneity out of a trip to a new city, but you’ll be glad you did. You don’t necessarily need to plan every detail of your day, but you can create a plan that will keep you safe and allow you to enjoy yourself.

You should have a map of the city. This is essential for just about everyone, hearing loss or not! If you’re traveling in a group, designate a meeting place in the event that you split up. You should always be open and honest with the people you’re with, too. Telling them about your hearing loss is helpful, not harmful.

Planning for your trip means being prepared for anything. If you’re traveling alone, make sure someone back home knows you’re on a trip.

3. Communicate.

Untreated hearing loss causes many people to withdraw and cease communicating effectively. Embarrassment or frustration could be a key factor.

Traveling can be an incredible experience, and it is enhanced by communicating with the people around you. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling alone or with others, there is so much you can learn from the people who are native to the place you’re visiting.

Communicating with locals gives you the chance to learn new things. You can ask them for help, directions, or their recommendations. Communicating is one of the most important tools to a great trip, so use it to your advantage.

Traveling and seeing new cities is an amazing experience! You can see the world even if you have hearing loss.

We want to help you enjoy your next trip. If you suspect you have hearing loss, we can evaluate if hearing aids would be right for you. If your hearing devices haven’t been serviced in a while, we can help with that too! Give us a call at 215-855-4217.

Happy travels!

We Love First Fridays in Lansdale! Here’s Why You Should Too.

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For over 30 years, we’ve been serving downtown Landsdale as the premier audiology practice. We love our city! The highlight of our location is continually seeing our patients thrive in their lives and in our community.

We care about Landsdale and our incredible community. When we asked for donated hearing aids, our patients delivered, bringing in used devices to be donated to people in need across the world. Being able to serve you and your families is a privilege to us!

This fall, downtown Landsdale is coming to life with events called First Fridays. First Fridays are events meant to bring you downtown and enjoy our city for all its worth. We’ll be right in the middle of it, and we want to see you there!

Here are a few reasons you should join us:

1. Bring our community together.

Life is more fun when we do life together, don’t you think? First Fridays are the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family and enjoy our community in new and exciting ways. Each First Friday will have a different theme, so there’s something for everyone!

We think bringing our community together allows to learn about and care for one another in important ways. Imagine how fulfilling life would be if we cared about our neighbors! Coming together as a community is an opportunity to join one another in life.

2. Bring business to downtown Landsdale.

As a business right in the heart of downtown Landsdale, we know how important this is! At a First Friday event, there’s more than just downtown businesses. Local vendors, entertainment, and food will be available for you to enjoy.

Giving the local and small businesses in our community a platform to succeed is a highlight of First Fridays events. There might be a business in our city that you’ve never heard of and could use your business. Come out to First Fridays, and you can learn more about our city and the people who live here.

3. Provide a safe and fun environment for your family.

Being able to share our community with you and your kids is important to us. Having a fun and safe event is about serving our community the best way we can.

Every First Friday event is held in downtown Landsdale on the first Friday of the month from 6-9 PM. If you’re an adult, feel free to stay later! There will be lots of fun for you and your kids, like attractions, car shows, and music. There’s something for everyone!

We’ve loved Landsdale for the past 30 years, and we think it’s only going to get better. We’ll be at the next First Friday event on September 3. The theme is The Eagles (of course!). Make sure to stop by and enter our contest for FREE Eagles gear! Will we see you there?

Here are some of the themes for upcoming First Fridays:

  • Oct. 5: Harvest
  • Nov. 2: Zombie Walk
  • Nov. 30: Charity and Holidays

How to Enjoy Your Next Eagles Game

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Are you ready for football season? It’s one of the best parts of fall, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning to attend a Philadelphia Eagles game. Going to a football game, or any sporting event is an incredibly fun experience. From tailgating, to the food, to the sense of comradery among a crowd–everything about a sporting event is more fun when you’re in the stands enjoying it.

If you’ve ever been to a football game, you know how loud it can be. It’s part of the experience, right? The average game has a noise level of around 80 to 90 decibels. In other words, it’s loud!

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, this level of noise is dangerous. Any noise exposure registering at 85 decibels or higher for long periods of time is damaging to your hearing, meaning you will experience noise-induced hearing loss.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that there’s something you can do about it and still enjoy an Eagles game from the stands. Here’s how:

1. Bring earplugs.

When a game gets exciting, you can bet that the crowd is going to get rowdy. That’s one of the best parts of the game day! You don’t have to miss it just because you’re worried it will be too loud. Earplugs are an easy, inexpensive way to protect your hearing.

At Associates in Hearing, we have earplugs available for purchase, and you can even buy some generic earplugs at a drugstore. If you’re looking for something more custom, we do custom-fit earplugs, too.

2. Have a plan.

Sporting events are fun, but it can be overwhelming if you or someone you’re with has hearing loss. It can be especially risky for someone with untreated hearing loss to go somewhere loud and unfamiliar. What if you can’t hear the people you’re with over the loud noise?

Most arenas have captioning services or other hearing assistance to those who need it, so make sure you or whoever you’re with knows what’s available to make the experience more enjoyable. Plan ahead if you get separated from your group by making sure you have everyone’s cell phone number and arrange a spot to meet up in case you get lost.

3. Treat your hearing loss.

Taking your hearing loss seriously might not seem related to enjoying a sporting event, but it could greatly affect just how much you enjoy your experience. Untreated hearing loss affects how you communicate with others. When you don’t communicate well, you might be tempted to forego effective communication altogether, ultimately isolating yourself from others and those you care about most.

Treating your hearing loss will let you hear and enjoy every aspect of the game. But more than that, it will let you enjoy the game with those you love and care about most.

The next time you go to an Eagles game, don’t leave home without being prepared. Bring earplugs to help protect your hearing from noise-induced hearing loss. Create a plan so you don’t find yourself frustrated. Treat your hearing loss so you can fully enjoy every second of the game.

If you need help treating your hearing loss, don’t wait to give us a call. At Associates in Hearing, we want to make sure you are hearing better than ever and staying connected to the people (and sports!) that matter to you most. Give us a call today at (215) 855-4217.

Also, make sure to enter our FREE Eagles Kickoff Giveaway! Click here to enter!

10 Questions with Dr. Trish Reiff

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At Associates in Hearing, we want you to treat your hearing loss. We also want you to know how much we care about seeing you thrive in your life because hearing loss is no longer an obstacle. Getting to treat our patients in one of our highest honors.

Our practice began with Dr. Patricia Reiff, a doctor of audiology for over 30 years in the Philadelphia area. As the owner and founder, she has been instrumental in setting us apart from every other practice by making you, our patients, our top priority.

Here are a few facts about Dr. Reiff, the things she loves, and why she’s audiologist.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be in the medical profession. I started out in pre-med and switched to speech pathology and audiology.

What song from your teenage years do you still rock out to when nobody else is listening or watching?

ABBA – “Dancing Queen”

What made you decide to start your own practice?

I wanted to have control of how I provided audiology and hearing services. I saw the need for comprehensive care, and I wanted to design services to meet the needs of my patients.

Why did you decide to study audiology?

My aunt had a stroke and lost her ability to talk, speak, walk, and feed herself. Her inability to communicate was by far the most isolating and depressing result of her stroke.

What do you enjoy most about being an audiologist?

I enjoy direct patient care and being able to help the most difficult hearing losses. Hearing from patients about what an improvement hearing help has made in their lives is one of the highlights as well.

What is your favorite part about working at Associates in Hearing?

I love hearing from other staff members the stories about the impact we have on our patients and our patients’ families and friends. I also enjoy seeing other staff grow in their positions and find satisfaction in their work.

What do you love most about Associates in Hearing humanitarian trips?

It’s amazing how even small acts of kindness and hearing care can make such a difference in others’ lives. We live in a very privileged society, and it makes me grateful for all I have in our country.

Outside of audiology, what else are you passionate about?

Seeing people expand their thinking, work hard and never give up on themselves. I’m also passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures and ways of viewing the world.

What is your favorite book and why?

I love to read novels with strong interesting characters. The last book I read was Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I loved Ruth in the book. She was always fighting to do the best for her son and for her family.

When you retire and able to look back on your life, what do you hope to have accomplished?

I hope to have shown a lot of love to people and inspired them to live a full and rewarding life. The fact that I helped improve the quality of some people’s lives will be my major accomplishment.

Four occupations at higher risk for hearing loss

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A lot of us probably work normal jobs that don’t put our health at risk. Or at least, we think we do. We might be neglecting to protect our hearing, something that is vital to more than just hearing someone next to you.

There are jobs out there that can put you at a higher risk of hearing loss, but that doesn’t mean they’re unsafe! It just means that there are precautions you should be taking to make sure your hearing is protected.

Any noise that is above 85 decibels is considered harmful to your hearing, and with exposure over long periods of time, your risk of damage increases. Hearing loss makes it difficult for you to stay connected to the ones you love, potentially puts you in danger, and can have negative effects on your brain health.

Staying safe is important. Here are the top four jobs that could be harmful to your hearing:

1. Airport Ground Staff

While directing jet engines during landing and take off, these people are exposed to some of the loudest noises someone can experience. A jet engine registers around 140 decibels, so it’s absolutely necessary for ground staff to do what it takes to protect their ears.

Wearing protective earmuffs is a requirement for this job, and making sure you take breaks from the noise is a necessity.

2. Construction Worker

We see construction happening all the time, and it’s pretty obvious that the machinery used in construction sites can be dangerously loud! A rattle gun is one of the loudest tools these workers use, and it registers at around 120 decibels.

Using protective earmuffs or ear plugs should be a requirement, even if they seem uncomfortable. It’s worth the discomfort if your hearing is protected–otherwise, you’re left with hearing loss that will affect you for a lifetime.

3. Nightclub Worker

For someone who spends most of their evenings working at nightclubs or bars, it’s easy to overlook the effects loud music can have. You might even be accustomed to the noise and think nothing of it! But when you work a long shift with loud music playing non-stop, you could easily be exposed to noise that registers at 115 decibels, at least.

It might not be possible to wear earplugs, but it is possible to take breaks from the noise and position yourself away from speakers. If noise exposure is unavoidable, be aware of the long-term effects of hearing loss. You might not regret it now, but you could regret it later in life when you’re struggling to hear well.

4. Farmers

Working on a farm might not seem like a noisy job, but there are times when loud noise exposure does happen and is often unavoidable. Using loud machinery and equipment could easily cause hearing loss. Squealing pigs can even make a lot of noise, registering around 105 decibels!

The best you can do is be aware of your hearing and the noise you’re finding yourself exposed to. Don’t neglect to use hearing protection, keeping a set of ear plugs around or near equipment when you need it.

These jobs are all important and valuable, but the risk for hearing loss is still there. Be aware of the noise you’re exposing yourself to, and educate yourself on how hearing loss can affect your life in the long run. You won’t regret taking the time to protect your hearing.

If you suspect you might have a noise-induced hearing loss, give us a call! We’d love to help you get your hearing back. With a hearing evaluation, we can help you determine if hearing aids are a good fit for your potential hearing loss, giving you back the ability to live life to the full.

What Type of Hearing Aid Is Right for You?

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Finding out you need hearing aids might feel a little overwhelming, even if you were expecting the diagnosis. There seem to be endless options when it comes to hearing aids. How are you supposed to know what’s right for you?

Lucky for you, when you have a hearing evaluation at Associates in Hearing, we are able to figure out what kind of devices would work best for your type of hearing loss. We can narrow your options if you come to see us first.

Once you’ve been evaluated and shared with us the kind of lifestyle you have, it’s much easier to make a decision! Here are some different types of hearing aids and how they might work for you:

Completely in the Canal (CIC)

These devices are just as they’re described: fitting within your ear canal, they are the smallest and least visible types of hearing aids available. They use very small batteries and have much smaller parts, which could be difficult for some people to handle. Because they fit within your ear, they don’t pick up wind noise, but they can become clogged with earwax.

In the Canal (ITC)

Like the completely-in-the-canal devices, these hearing aids also fit within your ear canal but are still partially visible. They are susceptible to the same types of issues as the CIC devices, like earwax buildup, small parts, and small batteries that may need to be replaced often, but they do well to treat mild to moderate hearing loss. Because they’re a little bit larger, they can have more features than CIC devices.

In the Ear (ITE)

These hearing aids are specially molded to fit your ear, depending on where and how they fit on the bowl-shaped part of your ear. These devices will have more features than ITC and CIC devices, like access to volume control right on the device. They will be easier to handle than the smaller devices available, making it easier for you to change batteries and make sure they’re working properly. They do have larger batteries, meaning a longer battery life, and they are more visible when you wear them.

Behind the Ear (BTE)

These devices hook over and behind your ear with a tube connecting the inner, custom earpiece. Although these are traditionally the largest type of hearing aid, there are newer models available that are much more streamlined. These devices are the best at amplifying sounds compared to other styles.

Receiver in Canal (RIC)

Similar to the BTE style, these devices fit virtually the same. However, instead of a tube that connects the speaker to the receiver, there’s a tiny wire that connects the two. These devices are less visible than the BTE style, giving you even more confidence.

Open Fit

An open fit hearing aid is similar to the behind-the-ear devices, only the ear canal is left very open, giving you a much more natural hearing experience. You’re able to hear your own voice without it being muffled by an earpiece within the canal. These devices can have small parts, so they might not be the easiest to handle.

Clearly, they are many options when it comes to choosing your hearing aids. We know it can be overwhelming, but that’s why we’re available to help you make the best decision for your lifestyle. Let’s get you fit with the hearing aids that will work best for you. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you discover the devices that will treat your hearing loss without sacrificing your comfort.