If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, generally the next step is to move onto hearing aid selection and fitting. Choice is something that will always be favored when it comes to hearing health. Everyone has different expectations and needs, and it can feel overwhelming to go through the selection process. At Tejas Ear, Nose and Throat, we take the guesswork out of finding the right hearing aid for you. After completing our comprehensive hearing testing, we will discuss your results and walk you through the best possible treatment plan for your individual needs. And when this treatment plan includes hearing aids, we’ll still be with you every step of the way.
- Hearing Aid Styles
- Hearing Protection
- Bluetooth Hearing Aids
- Caption Call
- Cell Phone Accessories
Styles of Hearing Aids
From small to large, and from advanced to traditional, styles help define the potential of a hearing aid. Modern advancements have made hearing aids invisible to non-users, so personal confidence doesn’t suffer from changes in appearance.
Various hearing aid styles we offer:
- In the canal (ITC) – These devices are chosen for their size and discreetness.
- Invisible in canal (IIC) – These are another version of devices worn in the canal that sits further down in the ear. It is hard to detect and one of the favored styles in the modern ENT industry.
- Completely in canal (CIC) – These hearing aids also offer the privacy and invisibility of other canal devices, but can be difficult to insert and remove if you have dexterity issues because of their small size.
- In the ear (ITE) – These devices are worn in the outer part of the ear, are larger than in-the-canal hearing aids, but still offer the discreteness of being located in the ear.
- Behind the ear (BTE) – Perhaps one of the most common hearing aid styles on the market, BTE devices are worn behind the ear with a tube that connects the body to a custom earmold or piece inside the ear.
While these are the main hearing aid styles, there are a variety of options available to customize your device, including miniature features, full shells and receivers.
There are distinct advantages to each one of these choices, and they will be explained in full detail by our ENT doctor. Additionally, our specialist can also group styles by the list of approved manufacturers. The current list includes: Oticon, Phonak, Resound, Signia, Starkey, Unitron and Widex. Tejas Ear, Nose and Throat also offers devices to help connect and communicate better with hearing aids from CaptionCall and LACE.
There are a lot of accessories that improve the core functionality of hearing aids. They can be as little as a rechargeable battery station, Bluetooth functionality or even extensions to earbuds. For professionals and hobbyists, there is an extra set of protection accessories that can help the overall experience. These specialized accessories can be used to filter out damaging sound or allow someone hard of hearing to focus on specific sounds, these are especially useful for useful for hunters, musicians, athletes and drivers.
To take it a step further, there is a swimming accessory for hearing aids that floats on water. It is a great choice for swimmers or any individual that spends a lot of time in the water. And even for non-professionals, the use of hearing accessories has major benefits. They can be used for comfort, like the custom-made sleeping accessory. Just like the hearing aid devices, patients will have a large choice of ready to use protection.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Developers of hearing aids are always looking for new and improved ways of making hearing aids better and more useful in people's lives. Bluetooth technology is being used to make it easier for hearing aid users to connect their hearing aids to various devices for improved sound quality directly from the sound source.
Cell phone accessories
Although the FCC now requires that hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phones meet strict guidelines for quality, some hearing aid users wish to further improve their cell phone experience. Add-on devices and cell phone accessories can make cell phones even more compatible with hearing aids.
Many cell phones can be used with hearing aid telecoils. Hearing aid accessories that provide a hands-free option may also be helpful.
LACE is an acronym for Listening And Communication Enhancement. Conceived by leading audiologists at the University of California at San Francisco, LACE is an interactive computerized aural rehabilitation program that has already helped thousands of people who live with some degree of hearing loss increase their listening skills by up to 45%.
Oticon was founded on a compassion for people — and a deep understanding of the role that hearing plays in living a richer and fuller life. People First is our promise to empower people to communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively.
Phonak's goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Phonak is the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With our creative solutions, we strive to overcome technological limitations - so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life's rich landscapes of sound.
Signia offers a broad range of hearing aids for every lifestyle and all configurations of hearing loss—including completely invisible, waterproof, and rechargeable hearing aids. Signia also has a complete line of wireless accessories that connect hearing aids wirelessly to mobile phones, TVs, MP3 players, and other audio devices.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is much more than the hearing aids we produce. We are in the business of connecting people and changing lives. We believe being able to hear the world and the people around us is as essential to the human experience as breathing.
For our hearing healthcare professional partners, we deliver an exceptional customer experience based on renowned personal service. For their patients, we create products that make a real difference in people’s lives.
At Widex, we combine years of understanding with a natural curiosity in finding solutions to individual hearing loss. Our uncompromising approach to innovation has led to such advances as the world’s first fully digital in-the-ear hearing aid, as well as our own revolutionary wireless technology.