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Hearing Aid Styles

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We offer a variety of hearing aid styles at Wilmington Hearing Specialists for residents who live or work in Wilmington and Southport, NC, including Lyric hearing aids and Aquaris waterproof hearing aids. Our audiologists use their expertise to help find the perfect style for you based upon your hearing needs and your lifestyle.

The digital revolution has made a huge impact on the way hearing aids look and respond. They can be so small that they are virtually invisible while you’re wearing them and they are able to more accurately mimic the way you used to hear before you experienced hearing loss.

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Features of Digital Hearing Aids:

  • Dual microphones allow you to hear better in noisy situations. Some can even identify the source of the noise and reduce background noise to help you hear your conversation better.
  • Open technology keeps the ear canal unobstructed, eliminating the “talking in a barrel” effect that many experience with traditional hearing aids.
  • Feedback cancellation works to cancel feedback before you experience it to help maintain comfort.
  • Hands-free technology automatically adjusts to your listening environment whether you are on the phone, in a crowd, or in wind.
  • Your digital hearing aid can be programmed with a computer to meet your individualized needs.

Wilmington Hearing Specialists offers a variety of digital hearing aid styles to meet your level of hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. There are three basic styles of hearing aids, which differ by size, their placement on or inside the ear, and the degree to which they amplify sound.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids consist of a hard plastic case worn behind the ear and connected to a plastic ear mold that fits inside the outer ear. The electronic parts are held in the case behind the ear. Sound travels from the hearing aid through the ear mold and into the ear. BTE aids are used by people of all ages for mild to profound hearing loss.

A new kind of BTE aid is an open-fit hearing aid. Small, open-fit aids fit behind the ear completely, with only a narrow tube inserted into the ear canal, enabling the canal to remain open. For this reason, open-fit hearing aids may be a good choice for people who experience a buildup of earwax, since this type of aid is less likely to be damaged by such substances. In addition, some people may prefer the open-fit hearing aid because their perception of their voice does not sound “plugged up.”

In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fit completely inside the outer ear and are used for mild to severe hearing loss. The case holding the electronic components is made of hard plastic.

Some ITE aids may have certain added features installed such as a telecoil. A telecoil is a small magnetic coil that allows users to receive sound through the circuitry of the hearing aid, rather than through its microphone. This makes it easier to hear conversations over the telephone.

A telecoil also helps people hear in public facilities that have installed special sound systems (induction loop systems), which can be found in many churches, schools, airports, and auditoriums. ITE aids usually are not worn by young children because the casings need to be replaced often as the ear grows.

Canal Aids

Canal aids fit into the ear canal and are available in two styles. The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is made to fit the size and shape of a person’s ear canal. A completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid is nearly hidden in the ear canal. Both types are used for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Because they are small, canal aids may be difficult for a person to adjust and remove. In addition, canal aids have less space available for batteries and additional devices such as a telecoil. They usually are not recommended for young children or for people with severe to profound hearing loss because their reduced size limits their power and volume.

Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin.

Lyric® Hearing Aids

We are proud to be one of the select offices in the United States to offer Lyric® Hearing to our patients. Lyric is the first extended-wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. It is comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric-trained hearing professional and can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to 4 months at a time with no surgery required.

Unlike many other hearing aids, Lyric is positioned completely inside the ear canal so it uses your ear's natural anatomy to funnel sound to your ear drum. This unique placement of the hearing device creates exceptional natural sound quality. Additionally, each set of Lyric hearing aids is programmed to meet your specific hearing needs.

  • Once placed deep in the ear canal, Lyric is 100% invisible.
  • Lyric can be used during your daily activities, such as exercising, showering, talking on the phone, and sleeping.
  • There are no batteries to change, no maintenance is needed, and no daily insertion or removal is required. It can be worn around-the-clock for up to four months at a time.
  • Lyric’s placement deep in the ear canal allows the outer ear (the pinna) to direct sound into the ear canal naturally, resulting in reduced background noise and feedback, and exceptional sound quality.

Please call Wilmington Hearing Specialists today at (910) 791-4755 to make an appointment to see if Lyric® or one of our other advanced hearing aid brands is right for you. You can also request an appointment online.