Are you concerned about your hearing health? Our audiology professionals understand hearing loss can be debilitating and may contribute to isolation and depression.
Fortunately, advancements in technology and medical procedures provide many treatment options. Services we offer at The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center include:
- Hearing Aid Evaluations
- Hearing Aid Sales & Service
- Hearing Aid Orientations
- Hearing Aid Checks
- Hearing Aid Repairs
- In/Out of Warranty Service & Repairs
- A variety of hearing aid manufacturers, with attention to the latest research and performance studies for the style of hearing aid best suited for each individual’s hearing loss.
- Detailed information about all amplification options is provided to improve quality of life through better hearing.
- Hearing aid fittings that include periodic adjustments and programming, verification testing, and hands-on support to ensure maximum benefit from amplification.
- A 30-day trial period for all hearing aids.
- Full warranty coverage for all hearing aids.
- Minor in-office and send-out manufacturer-based repair options.
- Custom-fit noise protection, waterproof ear molds, iPod ear molds, and ordering services for a wide variety of other assistive listening devices.
Our audiologists will select the best style of hearing aid for the specific hearing loss you have, keeping in mind any cosmetic and lifestyle concerns you may have. In addition, our audiologists can choose the most appropriate amplifier and circuitry for your particular hearing aid needs.
Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on an impression of the ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.
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 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, a programming push-button, and/or a volume control. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.
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 requiring 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 (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear, which connects to an ear tip or ear mold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, or there are 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 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 design is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild-to-moderate high-frequency losses.
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 with Ear Mold
BTEs with ear molds fit mild-to-profound hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features such as a program button and volume control. The ear mold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.
Hearing aids will NOT restore normal hearing.
Hearing aids are only part of the process for improving quality-of-life and may need to be supplemented by additional follow-ups and consultations.
We proudly provide hearing aids from the following manufacturers: