Styles & Technologies
Hearing aid styles
All of the different styles of hearing aids are offered by our audiologists here at Limestone Hearing Care Centre. It is important to know that not all of the hearing aid styles are suitable for all hearing losses. Our audiologist will review your hearing loss with you following your hearing assessment and all of the hearing aid styles available for your type of hearing loss will be presented to you. Certain types of hearing aids work better for certain types of hearing loss, therefore the most suitable hearing aids for your type of hearing loss will be recommended for you. Often it is possible for you to listen to a hearing aid right here in the office before you decide if you would like to obtain hearing aids on a trial basis. Also when choosing hearing aids the abilities of the patient to wear the hearing aids are important to consider. If a patient has little feeling in their fingers or poor mobility in their hands, arms or sholders, we will find the easiest-to-use hearing aid solution.
|Completely in the canal||In the canal|
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Today’s digital hearing aids are available in several levels of technology and price points. This selection enables us to match the features of your hearing aid to the listening needs you have in your everyday life. For example, if your listening needs include attending and participating in medium and large group meetings, attending plays and artistic performances as well as communicating in a busy office environment you may be best suited to premium hearing aid technology. However, if your listening needs include watching television, conversation at family gatherings or smaller group settings and going for walks outside, you may be best suited to entry level or mid-level hearing aid technology.
What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid is an electronic assistive device which consists of one or two microphones, a receiver (i.e. loudspeaker), an amplifier and a microchip powered by a tiny battery. Today’s advanced electronic design leaves no compromise in quality of sound reproduction, which is transmitted with the clarity of a CD recording.
While hearing aids cannot restore normal hearing they will provide considerable benefit in overcoming the effects of a hearing loss. One of the biggest problems for hearing aid users is the disturbing effect of background noise. The computer chip in today’s advanced digital hearing aids is able to reduce noise effectively and enhance speech by adjusting the sound smoothly and automatically.