Hearing Aids 2018-03-12T22:07:51+00:00

Hearing Aids in Estes Park, CO


Hearing aids are small devices that amplify sound for people who have varying degree of hearing loss. First invented in the late 19th century, hearing aids have come a long way in both form and function. In the past decade, they have transformed into sophisticated devices that offer the latest of technological advancements.

These phenomenal digital sound processing advancements in hearing instruments deliver clear and natural sound, can adjust automatically to the wearer’s environment and preferences, can help reduce unwanted noise, now have improved wind noise reduction, can separate speech from background noise, help both ears work together, have programs to help minimize the effects of tinnitus, and more. Hearing Instruments can be connected to Bluetooth enabled devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players and TV’s. Hearing aids can now be controlled using your smartphone for changing programs and volume!

At the core of their mechanism, all hearing aids generally comprise the same components: a microphone, an amplifier, a speaker, buttons to control programs and volume, and a battery. The microphone receives sound from external sources, which is made stronger with the amplifier and then sent through the speaker to be processed by our ears. Wearers are often able to control the different features and settings with the buttons on the hearing aid, or via remote control through newly developed apps. The battery supplies energy to the electronic components of the device and certain models of hearing aids now offer rechargeable batteries.

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of American Adults age 65+ suffer from a hearing loss
of people suffering from Tinnitus also have a hearing loss

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Hearing Aid Styles

There are several hearing aid styles available, determined by the degree of hearing loss to some extent and the way they are worn. The main styles are:

ric hearing aid style

Receiver-in-canal (RIC)

bte hearing aid style

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

ite hearing aid style

In-the-ear (ITE)

itc hearing aid style

In-the-Canal (ITC)

cic hearing aid style

Completely-in-canal (CIC)

iic hearing aid style

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)

  • Receiver-in-canal (RIC): Similar in appearance to the BTE, the RIC hearing aid differs in that the receiver is placed within the canal, while the microphone and amplifier are worn behind the ear. RIC hearing aids are quite versatile, less noticeable, easy to use and can be fitted to varying degrees of hearing loss.
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE): BTE hearing aids consist of two parts. All of the electronic components are housed in a case that is worn behind the ear, while a small tube attached to a custom earpiece is inserted into the ear canal to deliver sound. BTE hearing aids are more powerful in terms of the amplification and programming they provide, with directional microphones in the plastic case, giving the wearer a better sense of their surroundings. They are versatile, treating degrees of hearing loss from mild to profound.
  • In-the-ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids sit on the surface of the ear, with all components housed in one unit. Their size makes them easy to insert and control, and they are convenient for people who wear glasses, have difficulty with manual dexterity, or who wear an oxygen tube over their ears.
  • In-the-canal (ITC): ITC hearing aids fit partially into the ear canal and are barely noticeable. Made from impressions taken of the ear canal, these hearing aids offer directional microphones, as well as better control over program and volume than the CIC.
  • Completely-in-canal (CIC): CIC hearing aids are very small and practically invisible, fitting into the canal of the wearer’s ear, inserted and removed using a small wire. Their size may make them difficult to change batteries and programs. They do not have directional microphones, however, and may not accommodate people with more severe degrees of hearing loss.
  • Invisible-in-canal (IIC):  While hearing loss can occur at any age, even in babies, some people still feel concerned that others may notice that they’re wearing hearing aids. Hearing aid manufacturers understood the problem and created invisible hearing aids (placed deep into the ear canal) to help those who want to join the rest of the hearing world, but don’t want the hearing aid to show.
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At the Hearing & Tinnitus Center of Estes Valley, we provide patients with a full range of Audiological services including hearing aids and tinnitus solutions. If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of a hearing loss, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our friendly audiologist.
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