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Will Hearing Aids Improve My Hearing?

If you are hearing impaired, you will benefit from wearing hearing aids, period. How much benefit will depend on many factors.
  • How long you waited before you did something about your problem.
  • How much hearing you have left (residual hearing).
  • How much your speech discrimination (word recognition ability) has been affected.
  • Your overall health: diabetes, stroke, kidney disease.
  • How well you adapt to change.
One of the biggest factors you must be understanding of is that your hearing loss didn’t happen overnight. Because hearing loss is generally a gradual change, you may not realize how severe your own hearing loss is and even be in denial of it. Change is difficult for anyone and much like if you got a new eye glass prescription you would need some time to adapt, with hearing aids it’s no different. You must remain open minded through the process and try to provide your audiologist with any positive or negative experiences you had with your hearing aids so that they can further fine tune the hearing aids to you on your follow up appointments. It may take some time to get the maximum benefit from your hearing aids.

Hearing Aids vs Other Hearing Devices

When it comes to hearing, there a ton of devices out there that claim to help or improve your hearing. Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs), Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) and the newest technology coined “Hearables” are all good within the context they serve. However, they simply cannot stand up to the customized level of programming that a hearing aid provides. Where other hearing devices can be bought from any provider or retailer a hearing aid must be dispensed by a certified dispensary which checks to make sure you have a recent audiogram for the hearing aid to be programmed to. Hearing Aids are considered medical devices that must be sold only to someone who has had an audiological examination. If you’re being sold a hearing aid from a reputable audiologist, you can rest assured that the device will be beneficial to your health. Other hearing devices, if not used appropriately, can actually cause further hearing loss.

Choosing Your Hearing Aid Provider

At Hearing Services of Virginia, we go above and beyond the sale of a hearing aid. We will not only conduct your audiological examination, but we will program your hearing aids under the close watch of our professional audiologist. In addition, follow up appointments will make sure that your hearing aids are performing optimally. Just because your hearing aid has been programmed to the results of your audiogram does not necessarily mean it will perform its best in everyday real life situations. Our audiologist will work with you, fine tuning your hearing aid until your experience is beyond your expectations. Choosing the right hearing professional is the most important decision a hearing impaired person can make when they’re finally ready to do something about their hearing problem. The correct hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the judgment and skill of the professional selecting the instrument.

Choosing Your Hearing Aid

The hearing aids we select for you are based on the results of the test, your budget, your lifestyle and a host of other factors. We promise to explain everything to you, without using a bunch of technical terms. To give you a little bit of information about hearing aids in general, below is a list of the current styles we carry.

Types of Hearing Aids

Invisible In Canal (IIC)

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing instruments are a 100% invisible when worn. This instrument sits deep in the ear canal ensuring sound travels quickly and accurately to your eardrum. This 100% invisible hearing aid is designed for daily removal.
  • 100% Invisible when worn
  • Hear clearly in noise
  • Sculpted for your ear canal
  • Highest definition sound quality
  • Designed for daily removal

Completely In Canal (CIC)

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) micro-technology allows this type of hearing aid to be worn deep inside the ear canal. CICs are so tiny, they are almost invisible when worn.
  • Cosmetically desirable because these hearing aids are tiny in size
  • Programmed to have automatic or push button settings
  • Require good manual dexterity in order to place the hearing aid in the ears

In The Canal (ITC)

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are smaller than the ITE style and are also custom made to fit the size and shape of your ear canal.
  • Barely visible in the ear
  • Easy to use with the telephone
  • May not fit well in small ears

In The Ear (ITE)

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-made and fit comfortably inside the ear.
  • Easy to insert into the ear because of its larger size
  • Easy-to-operate larger features such as volume control
  • Used to help mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind The Ear (BTE)

The behind-the-ear (BTE) style sits behind the ear, while the amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized earmold which fits in your ear.
  • Typically offers more power than a custom-made hearing aid
  • Robust for active wears
  • Suitable for all degrees of hearing loss
  • Large, easy-to-use hearing aids that are very reliable

Over-the-Ear (OTE)

The Over-the-Ear hearing aid style that is very similar to the Behind-the-Ear style, but is much smaller and less noticeable.  This style holds the electronics in a slim case that hooks over the top of the ear and hides behind the top of the ear, the same place where eyeglasses rest.  A clear narrow tube follows the front of the ear and carries sound to the tiny ear bud, which sits unnoticeable in the ear canal.
  • Allows natural sounds to enter the ear canal
  • Can be selected, programmed and fit in a single visit
  • Very discreet and appealing to people with cosmetic concerns
  • Does not require custom molding

Receiver In Canal (RIC)

Receiver in the Canal or Open-Ear hearing aids are the newest design to reduce or eliminate that echo or plugged up feeling wearers can sometimes experience (referred to as the occlusion effect).  They are easy to wear and barely noticeable.
  • Fits a large range of hearing loss
  • Offers the greatest flexibility in programming
  • Water resistant and very durable