Hearing Aids in Fullerton, CA

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What are Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are small electronic devices that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder for a person with hearing loss. Although they will not restore hearing loss, hearing aids can greatly improve your hearing by amplifying sounds that you?ve had trouble hearing.

The board-certified otolaryngologists at Greater Orange County Ear, Nose Throat – Head & Neck Surgeons Inc. will take the time to discuss your hearing aid options and help you decide what is best for you. Call (714) 447-4100 to schedule an appointment at our ENT office in Fullerton, CA today!

Why Should I Consider Hearing Aids?

Hearing loss can have a great impact on your life. Your hearing affects all areas of your life including your work, your relationships, and your emotional health. Hearing aids can make a big difference, especially if you pick the right ones and get help adjusting to them.

Many of the horror stories about hearing aids were due to lack of advancements in the computer technology realm. With profound improvements over the last decade, many setbacks about hearing aids are no longer relevant.

You may want to consider hearing aids, because you may not realize how poor your hearing has become, or you may find yourself asking others to repeat themselves frequently.

How Do Hearing Aids Work?

Most hearing aids are now digital and powered with a traditional or a rechargeable battery.

Most of the older analog units are being phased out and hearing aids are sleeker than ever.

In a hearing aid, a small microphones collect sounds from the environment. A computer chip with an amplifier converts the incoming sound into digital code.

The hearing aid analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The amplified signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through speakers, sometimes called receivers.

Your hearing aids can be uniquely programed to your hearing loss to give you the best outcome and improve your hearing.

How much do hearing aids cost?

There are different models of hearing aids within each level of technology. The cost of digital hearing aids may range from “basic to “best” much like a car. You cannot expect the same level of comfort from a compact car as you expect from a luxury car. It’s what is on the inside that counts! It’s also what’s on the inside that drives the price. The more you expect a hearing aid to function like a human ear, the more sophisticated technology required. Likewise, the more you expect a hearing aid to function like a human ear, the more expensive it will be. We take into account your hearing loss and your specific listening difficulties you encounter on a daily basis and then we prescribe the best hearing aid to meet as many of your needs as possible. If the “best” hearing aid is not in your price range or budget, then we try to find a “good” one to meet as many needs as possible. Either way, we will try to help you understand exactly what to expect from your hearing aid.

When shopping for hearing aids, you must compare “apples to apples”, just like you would when shopping for a vehicle.

How long do hearing aids last?

Hearing aids, with proper care, should last between 5 to 7 years.

What Should I Know Before Buying Hearing Aids?

With so many hearing aids available today, choosing the right one can be difficult and time-consuming. An audiologist can help analyze your hearing loss and help you determine which hearing aid may be right for you.

Before you purchase:

  • Choose a reputable audiologist
  • Be sure your hearing aid has a trial period
  • Understand the warranty and what it covers
  • Consider purchasing insurance to cover loss or breakage
  • Understanding the options available can make the process easier and help you select which one will best meet your needs.

Types of Hearing Aids

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

  • Appropriate for mild to profound hearing loss
  • Durability: Very Durable
  • Repair rate: Very low
  • Battery-life: *varies
  • Ease of Use: Fair – insertion sometimes requires practice

In-The-Ear (ITE)

Inside-the-ear. These hearing aids are molded to fit completely inside a patient?s ear. Ideally they can help to improve mild to moderate adult hearing loss. Since they fit inside the ear they are the least noticeable, have less wind noise and are comfortable with telephone use. However, because of their size, they may not have volume control adjustments and other features. Exceptions to this are the new digital units, which in some cases are self-adjusting.

  • Appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss
  • Durability: Good
  • Repair rate: Low
  • Battery-life: *varies

In-The-Canal (ITC)

In-the-canal.áThis type of hearing aid differs from the ?Inside the ear? types in that it does not fit as deeply in the ear canal. This enables it to have volume adjustment and other features. Because of the way it fits, it may not be suitable for small ears.

  • Appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Durability: Good
  • Repair rate: Fairly low
  • Battery-life: * varies
  • Ease of Use: Fairly easy

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)/Mini-Canal

In-the-canal.áThis type of hearing aid differs from the ?Inside the ear? types in that it does not fit as deeply in the ear canal. This enables it to have volume adjustment and other features. Because of the way it fits, it may not be suitable for small ears.

  • Appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Durability: Fair (more fragile than others)
  • Repair rate: Higher (more susceptible to wax)
  • Battery-life: *varies
  • Ease

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If you are in need of hearing aids, call (714) 447-4100 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained ear, nose, and throat specialists today!

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