Hearing Aids - St. Augustine ENT
When you lose your hearing, you lose the ability to identify certain sounds or frequencies. It is estimated that 48 million people in the United States (approximately 20 percent of the population ages 12 and over) suffer from hearing loss that is severe enough to hinder communication. Signs of hearing-related problems can be subtle and emerge slowly, or can be sudden causing significant difficulty for adults or children. Either can be caused by disease, genetics, exposure to dangerous noise levels, aging or use of ototoxic medications*.
Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
Frustrating problems associated with hearing impairments can often be reversed or helped with amplifying systems, hearing aids and cochlear implants to include:
- BTE - Behind the Ear Hearing Aids
The BTE is the most popular style of assistive hearing device and attaches to your ear via a custom earpiece that replicates the size and shape of your outer ear. Typically prescribed for hearing losses in the mild to profound range, these popular hearing aids offer flexibility and a wide range of options.
- ITE - In the Ear Hearing Aids
An ITE is physically the largest product used for amplifying sound and fills most of the outer ear opening. The increased size of the shell allows access to telecoil and multiple listening programs. ITEs are most often recommended for treatment of mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
- RIC - Receiver in the Canal (Tinnitus Hearing Aids)
The RIC combines the features of the "behind the ear" hearing aid and the "in the canal" hearing aid to produce a product that is capable of accommodating multiple sound therapy for functions like managing tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The technology generates an adjustable broadband stimulus so noise can be fine-tuned to minimize ringing in the ears.
- CIC - Completely in the Canal Hearing Aids
The smallest hearing instrument fits deep inside the ear canal making the device practically invisible. Due to the size restrictions, CICs are somewhat limited in features and are typically used by individual's with mild to moderately-severe hearing impairments.
- MEI - Middle Ear Implants
A MEI is a surgically-attached device that causes the bones in the middle ear to move. A middle ear implant sends more pronounced vibrations to the inner ear structures allow for an improved interpretation of sound signals in the brain. Our audiology doctor can discuss whether you're a good candidate for a MEI.
- BAHA - Bone Anchored Hearing Aid
The bone-anchored hearing aid is also surgically attached but to the bone behind the ear. The BAHA transmits amplified vibrations to the inner ear structures. By increasing the intensity of these signals, the brain can more clearly distinguish background noises from what you're wanting to hear.
The type of hearing aid or amplified hearing system that works best is the one that best suits your hearing problems and everyday lifestyle. Let our board-certified hearing instruments specialist accurately measure your specific areas of hearing loss. Call us today at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.
*According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there are more than 200 known over-the-counter and prescription medications that can cause hearing and balance problems.
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