Hearing Aid Department

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ENT Specialties, P.C. has a fully functioning hearing aid department that can dispense and repair hearing aids. We have 5 expertly trained Audiologists in our clinic who can diagnose hearing loss as well as match someone with the best possible listening technology to suit any need or budget. If you are concerned with the performance of your current hearing aids, our Audiologists or hearing aid assistant will troubleshoot any problems that may be keeping you from hearing your absolute best! As a patient of ENT Specialties, you have the luxury of our Audiologists working very closely with the Otolaryngologists in the practice to provide the best possible continuity of care. Meet our Audiologists.

What is keeping you from hearing at your fullest potential?  For an appointment with one of our Audiologists call 402-488-5079.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Hearing loss affects 1 in 5 Americans.
  • 65% of those affected by hearing loss are below retirement age.
  • 36 million Americans report having a hearing loss.
  • Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.

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HEARING AID STYLES:

style_bteBehind-the-ear (BTE): BTE hearing aids are a style of hearing aid where the body of the hearing aid hangs behind the ear while an earmold sits in the ear. The earmold is connected to the housing of a hearing aid via the earmold tubing. BTE hearing aids are very durable and easy to manipulate so they are appropriate choices for pediatric patients and patients who have dexterity problems. BTE aids are also ideal for patients who have a history of wax accumulation inside their ears because any wax that gets inside the earmold can be easily cleaned without damaging any of the electronic parts of the hearing aid. BTE hearing aids are the favorite choice for patients who have severe to profound hearing loss and are easily compatible with hearing aid accessories such as FM systems, Bluetooth streamers, and TV and audio streamers.

style_microbteMicroBTE: MicroBTE hearing aids, like BTE hearing aids, include the body of the hearing aid that hangs behind the ear and is connected to an earmold that sits inside the ear by a very slim tube. MicroBTEs offer the same benefit of BTEs in terms of wax protection but the housing, earmold and tubing are all smaller sizes, making the aid much less noticeable on the ear. MicroBTE aids are appropriate for patients who have mild to moderate hearing loss in the high frequencies and who do not require any hearing aid accessories such as a Bluetooth streamer, TV and audio streamer, or FM systems. These aids use a smaller battery than BTE hearing aids and thus will go through more batteries per year.

style_ricReceiver-in-the-canal (RIC) or Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE): RIC and RITE aids are actually the same style but some manufacturers use the RIC acronym and some use the RITE acronym. We tend to use the RIC acronym at ENT Specialties, but use of either term is correct. RIC hearing aids have a small body that sits behind the ear like the MicroBTEs and have a receiver component that sits inside the ear. The receiver is connected to the body of the hearing aid by a slim tube that houses the receiver wiring. RIC aids are not appropriate for those patients who have a history of wax build-up inside the ears because that wax can get into and permanently damage the receiver. Most RIC aids are compatible with hearing aid accessories such as Bluetooth streamers, TV and audio streamers and FM systems. RIC aids can fit patients with mild to severe hearing losses but are most commonly fit on patients with mild to moderate hearing losses.

style_iteIn-the-ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are aids in which all the components are housed inside the bowl of the outer ear. ITE aids come in full shell (fills up the entire bowl of the outer ear) and half shell profiles (fills up half the bowl of the outer ear). These are appropriate for patients who have moderate to severe hearing loss and who have dexterity issues. ITE aids are a good choice for patients who commonly use headsets or headphones in the workplace or for recreational tasks. ITE aids are not recommended for patients who have a history of wax build-up because the wax can get inside the electronic components of the hearing aid and cause permanent damage. ITE aids are also not commonly compatible with hearing aid accessories such as Bluetooth streamers, TV and audio streamers, and FM systems.

style_itcIn-the-canal (ITC): ITC hearing aids are a smaller version of the ITE hearing aid where most of the components sit inside the ear canal and only a small portion of the aid protrudes into the bowl of the outer ear. ITC aids are a good choice for patients who commonly use headsets or headphones in the workplace or for recreational tasks. ITC aids are not recommended for patients who have a history of wax build-up because the wax can get inside the electronic components of the hearing aid and cause permanent damage. ITC aids are also not commonly compatible with hearing aid accessories such as Bluetooth streamers, TV and audio streamers, and FM systems.

style_cicCompletely-in-the-canal (CIC): CIC hearing aids are the smallest hearing aid offered at ENT Specialties. All components of CIC s fit inside the ear canal and make this a very discreet choice. CICs utilize a very small battery and thus require frequent battery changes. These aids are best suited for patients who have mild to moderately severe hearing loss that also includes loss in the low frequencies. CICs are also great choices for patients who routinely utilize earbuds or stethoscopes. They are not appropriate for those patients who have a history of wax build-up inside the ear. CIC aids are also not commonly compatible with hearing aid accessories such as Bluetooth streamers, TV and audio streamers, and FM systems.