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.
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