Rehabilitative Services and Hearing Aids
Port Huron Hearing and Balance Center offers a range of styles and technology levels meeting your listening needs and budget.
Technology and lifestyle affect your choice
Hearing aid sizes range from completely in the ear (ITE) to behind the ear (BTE).
Due to wear and tear, exposure to cerumen and the temperature in the ear canal, ITE aids usually perform for 3-5 years. BTE hearing aids last longer needing minor modifications due to the ear growing slightly over time. Technology and multiple microphones have improved a patient’s ability to localize and lateralize multiple sound sources in any size of hearing aid. This makes selecting the size more of a cosmetic decision, than aerodynamic need to place the microphone at the point of the concha.
The level of technology depends on the patient’s hearing loss, listening needs, situation, and expectations
Even ten years ago most hearing aids were simply analog. If the single microphone received a sound, whether speech or the refrigerator running the hearing aid amplified it and created the complaint that hearing aids are “noisy”. When a patient has an active lifestyle with even moderately challenging listening situations, they perform better with more advanced technology. It provides them with higher fidelity, a multiple band signal processing system, multi-channel compression and other features for a comfortable, pleasant listening experience.
Examples of Hearing Aids
There are a large variety of hearing aids to choose from, depending on your lifestyle and needs. Let our audiologists help you select the perfect one. Here you will find some examples of the common types of hearing aids, and you may wish to visit Phonak, Unitron, and Oticon for additional information.
Get The Most Benefit From Your Hearing Aid
Communication strategies and tips
Most importantly – wear your hearing aids! Without making yourself uncomfortable in the adjustment process, build up to wearing the hearing aids all day. This will give your brain consistency in all the auditory information it receives.
Top communication strategies for success
Do I need two hearing aids?
For almost everyone, the answer is YES!
Having two ears working and having them on each side of the head gives us advantages.