Hearing Aids

Choosing the correct amplification for your hearing loss is important. Technology for hearing devices have improved drastically within the last several years. Now devices allow patients to continue doing the things they love, improve social interactions and communication, provide speech clarity, and help with understanding challenging situations.

Hearing Aids Types

Many features available to help with specific needs and preferences which helps audiologists when working with patients to accomplish their goal of better hearing. Our audiologists and patients partner throughout this journey to achieve a united goal – better hearing.

Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
Behind the Ear (BTE)
Custom in the Ear/Canal (ITE/ITC/CIC/IIC)

Device Management

Regular maintenance for your hearing device(s) is important to keep your device performing just like the day you first received it. Hearing devices are built to last, but like a car, regular maintenance is important to keep the devices operating smoothly. With wear, dirt, dust, sweat, wax, skin, and other debris may enter the tiny compartments of the device that may produce a weaker or distorted sound for the listener.

Hearing & Balance Clinics will include a recurring 3-month scheduled maintenance service for your hearing aids with the purchase of your devices. During this service, we deep clean the device, inspect, and listen to the device to make sure it is still performing optimally and replace any parts that are beginning to look worn or damaged.

Real Ear Measurement

When correcting your hearing loss, it is important that the prescription of the devices is verified. Prescriptions are verified through the process of real ear measurement, or speech mapping.

Real Ear Measurements check the prescriptive targets we are trying to achieve to properly correct your hearing loss. Knowing the science behind your hearing loss and what your brain needs is only part of the process; every ear is sized and shaped differently which can impact how much or little of sound is being produced by the hearing device.

This measurement considers your ear anatomy to better fine tune your devices to provide the patient with maximum benefit. Two people with the same hearing loss will need different adjustments based on the anatomy of their ear and how their brain processes sound.

Can I clean my device at home?

If you are unable to attend your 3-month scheduled maintenance appointment or feel like your devices need a cleaning in between visits, you can do some basic device cleaning at home. Please be advised: We still strongly recommend attending your 3-month scheduled maintenance appointments for deep cleaning to maximize the life of your device.

How to Clean Your Hearing Devices at Home: Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Begin by visually inspecting your device for debris and signs of damage. 
Step 2: use an eyeglass cloth or audio wipe to gently clean off the device
Step 3: Inspect the rubber dome that hugs the speaker for wax or debris and clean with audiology wipe or replace with a new dome if necessary.
Step 4: Check the wax filter underneath the dome for wax or debris, if any, replace the wax filter.

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