Hearing Aid Technology
Utilizing The Latest Hearing Technology to Help Thousands of People to Hear The Life That They Love
The sound amplification provided by hearing aids has helped millions of people with a hearing loss to continue to enjoy an active, independent, and rewarding quality of life.
However, hearing aids tend to get a bad rap, because when most of us think about hearing aids, those bulky, ugly contraptions our grandparents wore are the first image that comes to mind. Hearing aids have changed drastically in the past couple of decades.
Modern hearing aids have a streamlined design, include lots of user-friendly features, and are so discrete that most people will never know that you are wearing one.
This is the result of innovations in micro-digital technology, which allows for enhanced performance in a smaller package and material technology enhancements that make wearing them more discrete and comfortable.
Another great innovation included with advanced hearing aid technology is a wide range of connectivity options and software applications thanks to the integration of Bluetooth technology.
These innovations make it possible to fine tune your hearing aids, add clarity to telephone conversations, allow you a richer hearing experience with your television, and enhance the performance of your hearing aids using your smartphone.
In addition, these innovations facilitate the capacity for your audiologist to provide remote performance or troubleshooting assistance regardless of where you are.
Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center partners with a wide range of manufacturers to help you to choose the right level of hearing technology depending on your unique circumstances, lifestyle, and budget.
Dr. Emily is amazing in her field of Audiology and hearing related issues. Over the years I had gradual hearing loss in one ear and it was causing a significant issue in my communications and relationships. Dr. Emily expertly diagnosed my specific frequencies of loss and customized a hearing aid solution for me that made a significant improvement. Thank you Dr. Emily for your compassion and expertise!
I came in after I noticed some challenges with my hearing. Dr McMahan and her staff were friendly, professional and explained everything in detail. I am really enjoying my hearing aides and frequently recommend AK Hearing to my friends and family. Thank you!
I started noticing that I wasn’t hearing as well as I use to and went in and saw Dr. Emily. After a hearing test she set me up with hearing aids. She is very good at answering my questions and making sure that the hearing aids fit me and that I knew how to put them in and take them out. I’ve recommended her to a friend that is very happy with the way Dr. Emily listens to her.
The Different Styles of Hearing Devices
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) – Tiny & Often Invisible
Providing the highest level of discretion, IIC hearing aids are available to those with a mild to moderate hearing loss. They are custom-formed to fit the unique shape of your ear canal using a small post for your fingertips.
Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) Mostly Invisible
Those who prefer even more discretion with a mild to severe hearing loss can benefit from the deeper insertion of CIC style hearing aids. These hearing aids sit further inside the ear canal where they won’t be noticed. They are preferred in situations where the user needs a higher level of performance from their device or for those who are not well-suited for IIC hearing aids.
When it comes to greater wearing discretion, many patients with a mild to severe hearing loss choose ITC style hearing aids. ITC hearing aids are significantly smaller than RITE units, fitting snugly to the contours of your outer ear canal. This style of hearing aid features larger batteries for easier changing, some connectivity options, and comes in a variety of color choices as well as skin tone matching, making it nearly invisible.
Those who wear glasses or use oxygen often choose ITE hearing aids, because their technology is not in a separate piece behind the ear like BTE and RITE units. ITE styles accommodate patients with a mildly severe to severe hearing loss with the unit’s technology housed in a single casing, which is custom-formed to the outer entrance to the ear canal. They provide greater wearing comfort, offer excellent hearing coverage, come with some connectivity and streaming options, and are available in a variety of colors or skin tone matches.
This style of hearing aid is growing in popularity with users and audiologists alike. Similar to BTE style hearing aids, RITE style hearing aids are the most versatile option available for individuals with a severe to profound hearing loss. This style of hearing aid provides the most convenient options for both in-office repair as well as facilitating amplification upgrades if necessary. These units are typically rechargeable, so you won’t have to change batteries and they come with the same color selection and connectivity options as BTE style instruments.
BTE style hearing aids look similar to older style hearing aids, but the difference is night and day. The technology provided in the casing placed behind your ear produces the highest level of performance available for individuals with a severe to profound hearing loss. However, it is more streamlined and lighter weight than its predecessors. BTE instruments come with a wide choice of color options, including skin tone matching, are equipped with easy-to-use buttons, and allow for full-spectrum streaming and connectivity with your devices.
Schedule a Hearing Assessment
If you’re concerned about your hearing or a loved one’s hearing, then the first step is to schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment.
Simply complete this form referencing your preferred day and time, and we’ll contact you shortly to schedule your appointment.
A hearing assessment is quick, non-invasive and we’ll be able to share the results with you immediately.
If you have a question or need any clarification ahead of scheduling, then you can call us at (907) 522-4357.
Complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss how we will be able to assist you
"I enjoy so many more activities than before"
“I realized there may be a hearing challenge when I started asking for the hearing impaired headphones at the movie theater. I told myself it was to drown out the other people around me, but it was because I couldn’t hear clearly enough to make out the dialogue."
“I’m very satisfied with the care and service Alaska Hearing provide”
“My hearing loss came in two stages. I lost the hearing in one ear due to the mumps at age 12. So I have had single-sided deafness since then. As I got older, I began to lose the hearing in my “good” ear. I have lost some of the higher frequencies. It became difficult to hear certain people speaking and I could see everyone else could hear them fine."
"The staff at Alaska Hearing were very friendly and concerned that I understood everything they explained"
“I first thought that I may have a hearing loss when I had to have people repeat what they were saying to me. I didn’t really have any concerns prior to my appointment, as my father wore hearing aids, but I wondered what people would think about me wearing hearing aids."
"Doctor McMahan was so kind and made us all feel very comfortable, safe, and cared for"
“My son is autistic and I was worried about how he would respond to being tested. I was very pleased with our first appointment. Doctor McMahan was so kind and patient. She got on our son’s level, explained everything calmly to him, and made us all feel very comfortable, safe, and cared for."
“With my hearing aids, I can hear my grandkids, and my wife is a very happy woman”
“I pretty much have had ringing in my ears my whole life. I have always struggled and normally had to be looking at a person to read their lips if I was going to understand a conversation. In large groups, it was useless to try and carry on a conversation. Before my appointment, the cost of hearing aids was a real fear for me."
“My quality of life has drastically improved since purchasing my hearing devices”
“I was 14 or 15 years old and a teacher noticed that I was falling behind in the class discussion. She requested a hearing test and I was informed that I have a significant loss. This was devastating news for a person to receive. Before my appointment at Alaska Hearing, I was afraid I was not going to be able to get the help I needed and that cost would be more than I could afford."
“Now that I can hear, I am not embarrassed to get into a conversation, nor an argument, nor a discussion”
“[My hearing loss] was not immediate, but as time went on, I could tell I wasn’t hearing enough. I became less outgoing. I was in a shell. Less a part of the group. I had originally gone to a discount seller and that’s what I got, a discount set of hearing aids. At my first appointment, I was very impressed and assured they would be doing a good job."
“I have much less ringing and I’m able to concentrate more”
“I became concerned about my hearing due to ringing in the ears. I found a comfortable setting and exceptional staff at Alaska Hearing. Now, I have much less ringing and I’m able to concentrate more. It’s a great place to go.”
“With my hearing aids, I can hear my family, I can hear better at work, and I feel overall less stressed!”
“I was ashamed I needed help. I am young compared to everyone else I know who wears hearing aids. Before my appointment at Alaska Hearing, I thought I would be pressured into hearing aids. I thought they would be large and noticeable."
“A hearing test is the start of reconnecting with your world”
“I suspected I might have a hearing loss when I could hear the coffee pot beep in my right ear but not my left ear. Before coming to Alaska Hearing, my biggest concern was price point value. Yes, hearing aids are as expensive as a mid-range laptop, but the benefits are worth it."