Advanced Hearing Aid Technology Delivered to Your Home

If you’re like most people, you probably envision those bulky, clunky gadgets our parents or grandparents wore whenever hearing aids are mentioned. Outdated stigmas attached to hearing aids are one of the biggest reasons people avoid addressing their hearing challenges.

Just like cell phones, modern hearing aid technology is nothing like the devices used a decade ago.

Today’s hearing instruments are small, discreet and, in some cases, nearly invisible.

In fact, many of the individuals we work with tell us that their friends and/or colleagues have never even noticed they are wearing them.

The modern hearing aids available from Hear at Home are more powerful, feature long-lasting rechargeable batteries, include programmable and automated noise cancellation and have the capacity to stream music, phone calls and audio from your smartphone, television, PC or other digital devices directly to your hearing aids, amplifying your hearing and your life.

A pair of latest hearing aids at Hear At Home Mobile Hearing Clinic North Vancouver

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Some Common Myths and Facts About Hearing Aids

Myths and Facts

Myth: Personal sound amplifiers (PSAs) and hearing aids are basically the same.

Fact: Not true. The designed objective for a PSA is to increase the overall volume for recreational activities. They are not able to adapt to the noise environment around you, cancel out background noise, provide great hearing clarity or address hearing challenges in specific frequencies like hearing aids. When not used as they are intended, PSAs can damage your hearing and are not an adequate alternative for hearing aids.

Myth: Hearing aids make everything too loud.

Fact: Thanks to advanced sound processing to improve clarity and noise-reduction technology, today’s hearing aids adapt to each sound environment as you move from place to place. Their advanced technology does more than just amplify sound; they provide the best solution to address your unique type and severity of hearing loss as well as fit into your lifestyle.

Myth: Hearing aids are bulky and make people look old.

Fact: Micro-digital technology, similar to what is used in your smartphone, has made it possible to manufacture hearing aids that are smaller, lighter weight and nearly invisible, but with ever-increasing power to improve hearing clarity. The capabilities of today’s technology to fit all lifestyles make it possible to continue living the way you’re used to without anyone ever knowing that you’re wearing a hearing aid.

Myth: Hearing aids are too expensive.

Fact: Well-fit, well-maintained devices, along with hearing care provided by a hearing care professional, seem expensive until you consider the costs of untreated hearing loss. If hearing loss is left untreated, it can lead to depression and anxiety, strained relationships, cognitive decline, dementia, balance disorders and decreased productivity. In addition, improperly programmed PSAs or OTC hearing aids can add to the damage.

Myth: Hearing aids will cure my hearing loss.

Fact: Hearing aids cannot cure hearing loss. They are called “aids” because they help retrain your brain to pick up the sounds that hearing loss has conditioned it to miss. That’s why ongoing support is a critical part of getting your hearing aids to work for and with you.

Myth: I hear just fine out of my good ear, so I only need one hearing aid.

Fact: Most likely your “good ear” is the one you learn to favour for the telephone or group conversations, making you believe that your hearing in the better ear is normal. The vast majority of hearing challenges affect both ears equally, and nearly 90% of people with a hearing loss in one ear need hearing aids for both ears.

Myth: I only struggle with some, but not all, sounds, so I don’t need hearing aids.

Fact: Hearing loss is a loss of certain sounds, not all sounds, but if you’re missing some of the sounds, you’re missing all of the conversation. Hearing care professionals program hearing aids to amplify the sounds you’re missing and enhance the clarity of the hearing that’s left.

We Go Beyond Helping You Choose a Hearing Aid

We Go Beyond

There is a wide selection of advanced hearing aid technology available with a host of unique features from brand name manufacturers such as Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Signia and Bernafon.

Thanks to innovations in micro-digital and material technology, today’s hearing aids come in a variety of different sizes and colours to meet lifestyle and personal preferences.

Besides helping you choose the right technology to meet your needs, our hearing care specialists program your new hearing aids to address your specific hearing loss needs as well as teach you, your family and your caregivers how to insert and remove your hearing aids.

We also educate you on proper cleaning and care of your hearing instruments, changing batteries and troubleshooting the most common issues.

Jennifer Abbott of Hear At Home helping a patient with hearing aid fitting
Hearing aid technician programming a hearing aid at Hear At Home North Vancouver

Since hearing aids are minicomputers placed in the moist, waxy environment of your ears, regular cleaning and TLC is essential for both longevity and performance. We want you to be comfortable with your new device, so we don’t rush through these appointments.

All of the hearing aids we fit come with a 30-day trial period (extensions are available when necessary). Our hearing aid technicians are eager to make any necessary modifications and ensure your satisfaction.

We keep in touch and encourage annual checkups to review your hearing level and check that your aids are working appropriately. In addition, depending on your hearing aid model and age, as well as access to a smartphone, our technicians may be able to remotely program and adjust your hearing aids for you.

Available Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing Aid Styles

BTE hearing aid model

BTE hearing solutions contain the processing technology in a casing that rests behind your ear and then transmits sound to an earpiece that fits inside your ear. They can vary significantly in size depending on their power performance.

Traditional BTEs offer the most flexible, adaptable and powerful technology available. Custom formed earmolds provide a more comfortable fit in your outer ear, and open-canal earpieces help to eliminate the “plugged up” feeling some users experience.

Mini BTE hearing aid model

Mini BTEs are a smaller variation of traditional BTE units but use ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. They are equipped with a soft tip at the end of the tubing that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. This produces a more natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip.

RITE (RIC) hearing aid model

RITE or RIC solutions combine the benefits of BTE and CIC instruments, perfecting sound quality and design.

This style is a modification of BTE devices with the speaker of the instrument connected from the processor to the ear tip with small wires. This allows for a comfortable, open-fit design like a Mini BTE, but with the processing power of a traditional BTE device.

ITE hearing aid model

ITE, ITC, and CIC style hearing aids do not have a processor behind the ear but include all of the processing in a single unit that fits in the outer ear (ITE), the outer portion of the ear canal (ITC), or completely inside the ear canal (CIC).

The devices are often chosen for convenience by those who wear glasses, use an oxygen cannula, or want to avoid issues with hair or hats that are common with BTE devices.

ITE hearing aid model

ITE solutions have all of the technology inside a hard plastic shell, molded to the unique contours of your outer ear canal. Full-shell in-the-ear technology produces powerful, clear sound for all degrees of treatable hearing loss.

Because they are larger, they are easy to adjust, come with larger rechargeable batteries, and feature device connectivity options that might not be available in smaller ITC and CIC units.

ITC hearing aid model

ITC hearing aids are smaller versions of ITE devices with many of the same benefits.

They are custom molded to fit farther into the ear canal rather than take up the larger outer ear area, allowing you to be a bit more active because of their snug fit while offering more wearing discretion, but it is a bit more difficult to adjust, and it comes with a smaller battery with a shorter service life.

CIC hearing aid model

Going deeper still, CIC devices are comfortable and discrete.

Their deeper fit accommodates a more active lifestyle, helps reduce wind interference, and they provide natural sound with increased clarity, but they are inserted and removed using a tiny clear plastic post, requiring some fine-dexterity.

IIC hearing aid model

IIC solutions are a smaller CIC molded for a snug fit near the second bend of the ear canal.

They are 100% invisible, digital, and fully programmable, packing clarity and power into the tiniest of packages, for the highest level of discretion and fit the most active lifestyles. However, smaller batteries, reduced processing power, and insertion challenges can make them troublesome devices for some users.

Schedule a Comprehensive Hearing Assessment

Getting the right device to meet your unique hearing needs is a critical element in better hearing. Before choosing the device that is best suited for addressing your needs, you need a professional comprehensive hearing assessment.

If you or a loved one believes it might be time to take advantage of today’s advanced hearing aid technology, complete and submit the adjacent form and we’ll call you back to schedule an appointment.

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