Most hearing losses, mild to severe, can be helped with hearing
aids because of advances in computer technology, digitization
Different types of hearing aids, in a variety of technologies,
models and styles, are available for different degrees of
hearing loss and different lifestyles.
Digital hearing aids, customized for each
patient through computer programming, offer more
features for noise reduction and more
flexibility in sound processing.
People who have active lifestyles and find
themselves in a variety of listening situations,
such as restaurants, meetings, and groups, often
benefit from the multiple listening programs and
features in digital hearing aid technology.
People whose lifestyles are fairly quiet often
find that the amplification provided by basic
digital hearing aids is adequate to meet their
New hearing aids should be selected and fit by an audiologist
after a thorough audiometric evaluation has been completed.
Medical clearance from a physician is suggested prior to
ordering hearing aids.
The need for one or two hearing aids should be discussed with
the audiologist. While one instrument may improve hearing
sensitivity, for many people, wearing two hearing aids, further
improves localization and speech discrimination ability,
especially in background noise.
Successful hearing aid use involves some responsibility on the
part of the wearer. This includes proper use and care, changing
the batteries and scheduling regular maintenance with the
audiologist ITE (in-the-ear) style hearing aids, which include
full shell, half shell, canal and CIC (completely-in-the-canal)
styles, are custom fit to the wearer's ears and made from
impressions of the ears. These styles of hearing aids are
appropriate for mild to moderately severe degrees of hearing
BTE (behind-the-ear) style hearing aids attach to custom fit
earmolds and offer additional power and flexibility for more
severe degrees of hearing loss. They may also alleviate problems
caused by excessive wax accumulation and chronic ear infections.
Micro BTE (behind-the-ear) style hearing aids offer the comfort
of an "open ear" with a slim tube fitting. For mild to moderate
and high frequency hearing losses, this style provides the
necessary amplification for speech clarity without occlusion in
the ear canal.
Assistive devices may enhance specific listening situations,
either used alone or in conjunction with hearing aids. (Examples
include a telephone amplifier, closed captioning for television,
Hearing aids are covered by a manufacturer's warranty, which
covers repairs, loss and damage. Warranties vary in length from
one to two years, depending on the manufacturer and the level of
technology. Warranties may often be extended.
Pricing varies depending on the technology, size and style.
Digital hearing aids, with 100 percent digital
sound processing, offer clear, comfortable sound
reproduction that improves understanding of
speech in a variety of listening situations.
Some models are completely automatic with
adaptive microphone technology, which enhances
speech understanding in the presence of
background noise. Other models require patient
control of the hearing aids through the use of a
discreet push-button or remote control.
Depending on the level of technology and its
degree of sophistication, hearing aid prices
range form $995.00 to $3000.00 per ear.
For more information on hearing aids or to schedule a
consultation and demonstration of digital hearing aids,
programmed on the computer specifically for your hearing loss,
contact the Audiology and Hearing Aid Center of Riddle Hospital
Audiology and Hearing Aid Center
New Appointments 484.227.3200
Riddle Hospital Health Center 4, 2nd Floor
1118 West Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.