Serving Central Nebraska Since 1982.
As your university-trained hearing healthcare provider, we are constantly evaluating the newest digital and cutting edge hearing aid technology. Our #1 priority is to identify the hearing aid option that will best meet your needs and enable you to experience life to its fullest.
The Hearing Clinic is extremely excited about the number of recent improvements in hearing aid technology which will make a significant difference for individuals with hearing loss. Unlike past hearing aids which contained conventional analog technology, fully digital hearing aids can be tailored to process sounds that reduce background noise, improve clarity of speech, and help control unwanted loudness. They also can be programmed to make automatic adjustments in a variety of settings. These improvements will not only further enhance speech in all listening situations including restaurants and social gatherings; but also those brought to you through external devices such as mobile phones, MP3 music players and other bluetooth capable devices. Along with the improved technology, these new hearing solutions have all but eliminated the stigmas associated with hearing loss. There are so many discrete choices available, from tiny in-the-ear hearing devices to trendy fashion-forward hearing devices.
Hearing Aid Styles
Open-Ear-BTE instruments are the newest generation of hearing aids. These hearing aids are a perfect solution for first-time wearers and patients with a hearing loss in the high frequency range. These instruments are dramatically different in both design and technology. With a small size, fashionable colors and cool design, these insruments are virually invisible behind your ear. The advanced digital technolgy makes these instruments easy to wear and allows you to be free to enjoy your new world of understanding.
BTE instruments have a plastic casing that rests behind the ear and houses the device's technology. A clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmold inside the ear canal. Behind-the-ear instruments are often the most durable hearing devices, a few are even waterproof. Compared to smaller, in-the-ear instruments, they hold more circuitry and offer greater amplification.
Smaller, in-the-ear instruments house their technology components in a custom-formed earmold that fits within the outer portion of the ear. The easy-to-use controls are ideal for those with limited manual dexterity.
In-the-canal (ITC) instruments are smaller still, featuring an earmold that fits down into the ear canal and a smaller portion that faces out into the outer ear. They are discreet, yet partially visible within the outer ear.
These devices fit completely in the canal (CIC). Only the head of a tiny plastic line-with which you insert or remove the instrument?shows above the canal. Although CIC devices offer aesthetic appeal, the structure of some individuals? ears (e.g. those with a very narrow canal) may make this style unsuitable for them.