It is important for patients to understand that the size or hearing aid style is totally independent of the type of circuitry that is inside the hearing aid. Most patients come in wanting the smallest hearing aid available, although a small hearing aid may not be the best choice for their individual hearing loss. Although vanity is important, sometimes there are reasons why one particular hearing aid size may not be the best option for the individual. We do not attempt to persuade our patients to purchase a particular size of hearing aid, but we do want them to make an informed and educated decision.
Many factors determine the style of hearing aid we might recommend, including the amount of hearing loss, the shape and size of the patients ears, the patients listening needs, dexterity and potential health concerns. There are two main categories of hearing aids, daily wear and extended wear. Daily wear hearing aids come in many shapes, sizes and colors. They must be removed when sleeping, showering or swimming. Batteries must be changed weekly by the patient. We work closely with Resound, Phonak and Oticon to provide the right hearing aid styles and the best technology for our patients. The increasingly popular Lyric is an extended wear hearing aid which utilizes a long-lasting battery for 2-3 months of continual, natural hearing. The following is a brief description of each hearing aid style.
Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are inserted deep into the ear canal for those who want “invisible” hearing aids. CIC’s are not typically the best choice to treat high frequency hearing loss, severe hearing loss or poor speech understanding in noise.
In-the-canal hearing aids fill the ear canal and may be more cosmetically pleasing than the full shell style.
Full shell in-the-ear hearing aids are the largest of the custom fitted in-the-ear aids. ITE’s fill the bowl of the ear. They are the most versatile and powerful of all custom fitted hearing aids and are typically a good option for people with poor dexterity.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are housed in curved cases that fit neatly behind the ear. A custom earmold made to the shape of the ear delivers the sound into the ear canal. BTE’s are the most versatile and powerful of all hearing aids, fitting the widest range of hearing losses.
Receiver-in-the-Canal hearing aids have gained popularity in recent years due to their small size and natural sound quality of the wearers own voice. RIC style hearing aids sit snuggly on top of the ear while a tiny wire sends the amplified sound down into the receiver (speaker) inside the ear canal.
Lyric is the world’s first 100% invisible extended-wear hearing device. It can be worn 24/7 for months at a time and there are no batteries to change, no maintenance needed and no daily insertion or removal is required. Lyric is placed in the ear canal by a trained hearing professional with no need for surgery or anesthesia. Click here for more details!
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“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!! In two visits you’ve brought my hearing levels close to perfect for me. Not exactly sure how, but the last session settings have me hearing the television at a near normal volume level without using the 4th ‘outdoor’ setting (which works perfectly as well). The fitting is comfortable, without any slippage of device or feedback. After nearly 4 years, I finally feel like the devices are worthwhile.”
“Dr. Jan Liles at Alabama Hearing Associates has demonstrated integrity, professional competence, patience, and a true interest in improving my ability to hear. She was candid from the beginning, acknowledging that I have a very difficult hearing loss and will never hear as I did before. She has gone the extra mile in attempting to improve my hearing, trying four different hearing aids over a period of several months, patiently listening to my observations about each one, and helping me to chose the hearing aid best suited for me. After the selection, she continues to work dilligently with me to make sure that I receive the maximum benefit from my hearing aids.”
“Progressive hearing loss has made it necessary for me to wear first one, now two hearing aids, since the mid-1980’s. During the past twenty years I have lived in various places from a small island 3,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, to New Mexico, to Colorado, and finally to Huntsville, Alabama. This has given me experience with a wide range of approaches to audiology. Dr. Susan Sheehy and Dr. Jan Liles are way ahead of others I’ve worked with. Their competence in and use of the fast-evolving hearing aid technology gives them a broad range of options to chose from. This competence backs up their determination to find the best hearing solution for each patient.”
“The audiologists at Alabama Hearing Associates are the most caring and helpful people I have had the privilege of knowing. From the very first day that I stepped into their office, their only concern was to help me. They wanted to be sure that the hearing aids I purchased were the right ones for me and that I would be happy with them. Unlike the previous company I purchased hearing aids from (which I can’t wear because they were not right for me), they did not try to sell me the most expensive aids. Their only concern was for me and my satisfaction with the hearing aids.”
“For the past 10 years I have had progressive hearing loss, and have worked with audiologists in Birmingham and Huntsville without success. Then Dr. Jan Liles came into my life and it all changed. She is knowledgeable, professional, caring, and compassionate. Dr. Liles immediately identified my needs and took time to make me a vital part of all decisions regarding the hearing aids that best suited my hearing loss. Dr. Liles has given me the ability to hear and understand what my grandchildren are saying and that is a very special gift! I am indebted to Dr. Liles and Dr. Sheehy for having the foresight to see the need in our community for their professional services.”
“I have worn hearing aids since I was nine years old. Until I met Jan and Susan at Alabama Hearing Associates, I had never dealt with such professional, caring, patient, and compassionate people. They have really helped me and I will be forever grateful to them!”
“I am extremely happy with the care I have received at Alabama Hearing Associates. I was impressed from the very beginning with the ability of Dr. Liles and Dr. Sheehy to be very professional and yet still relate to me on a personal level. I immediately felt comfortable and confident that I had chosen the right people to meet my hearing needs”