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Hearing Aids

With the latest advancements in technology, hearing devices are now able to assist in more ways than ever before!  Our manufacturers set the precident for improving areas that effect our patients most.  This includes developing a moisture protection application for your hearing devices, pioneering Bluetooth and wireless functions, and most importantly, implementing new processes to allow our patients to better understand in those noisy, challenging situations.

*Visit our "Videos" tab to learn what patients are saying about their new technology!*

Linx by Resound

Linx by Resound

Linx by Resound is a new innovative hearing device that took the market by storm when it launched in 2014.  Needless to say, it takes clear hearing and easy understanding to the next level!  Not only is the case a small, sleek and discreet design, it has the most advanced noise reduction capabilities, industry-leading feedback suppression, and proven moisture protection.  This means understanding in noisy situations has never been easier and that embarrassing ringing from the hearing aid is virtually non-existant. With the moisture protection coating both inside and out, accidentally getting in the shower with your hearing aids is no longer and emergency, and you are safe when wearing your devices outside in our hot, humid Houston summer weather.

The new Linx is also revolutionary, given its wireless capabilities.  It is the first device of its kind to be able to directly connect to your smarthone and tablet* without any wires, cables, or intermediary device.  You now easily stream calls, music, and videos directly from your device.  This takes your listening experience to a whole new level!  Not in need of the wireless features?  Not to worry, it's still a great hearing aid option for all the reasons we stated above. 

If you would like to try the Linx by Resound and hear the difference for yourself, we encourage you to call our office and schedule an appointment at 713-827-1767!

*Compatible with select devices; please call the office for futher information

Alta by Oticon

Alta Nera Ria by Oticon

Alta is the latest hearing device by Oticon on the new Inium platform.  For patients, this means it is the first device to go through a personalization process.  While all hearing aids are customized to the patient's hearing loss, Alta has taken personalization to the next level.  While wearing the devices, patients listen to sound samples of various situations and provide input as to which sample sounds the best.  For the first time, this patient-centered approach truly guides how the hearing device is programmed!  For example, your input determines how aggressive the device is set to reduce background noise and drive the instrument overall.  

After the success of Alta, Oticon has also launched the Nera and Ria product line to ensure we have a variety of devices at various price points to meet your needs.  To complete our full selection, we also offer the full Oticon line in the invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) style in all three Oticon levels.  In addition, the Intiga by Oticon line is available as a great alternative!

As always, for further information and to try the Oticon devices risk-free in the office, we encourage you to schedue an appointment at 713-827-1767.

Interested in a truly INVISIBLE option?

Lyric by Phonak is the only "invisible" extended-wear device available within our hearing industry to date.  Lyric is placed in the ear canal and worn for up to two to three months at a time.  When the battery runs out, the device is easily removed, and an entire new device is placed in the ear canal again.  Lyric can be both slept and showered in.  Because of the ease of use and overall convenience of Lyric, it is a popular choice amongst our patients!

With Lyric, a 30-day, risk-free trial is given to every patient to determine if it is the preferred device before any purchasing decisions must be made.  If you would like your 30-day, risk-free trial, please call our office to schedule your appointment.

Hearing Aid Styles

In-the-Ear Styles

Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.

CIC

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)


The smallest custom style, CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal as they’re nearly invisible when worn.


 

 

 

 

ITC

In-the-Canal (ITC)

ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.


 

 

 

Half Shell

Half Shell (HS)


Half shell models fill half the bowl of the outer ear. Like ITC models, their size enables the addition of features such as directional microphones, volume controls and push buttons to activate special settings for different listening environments. Because of their size, they may be easier than smaller models to handle for some people and yet are still often disguised by hairstyles or sideburns. This hearing aid style looks similar to the ITC hearing aid when worn on the ear, but is slightly larger.


 

 

Full Shell or ITE

Full Shell or In-the-Ear (ITE)


Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles, and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild to severe hearing loss.


 

 

Behind-the-Ear Styles

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.

Mini BTE

Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear, and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild to moderate high frequency losses.


 

 

 

 

Mini BTE

Receiver in the ear (RITE)

RITE models, also known as RIC (receiver-in-canal) models, are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.


 

 

 

BTE

BTE with earmold

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. They’re longer shape, following the contour behind the outer ear, generally can house more features, controls, and power than custom models. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.