At Parrotts Hearing Clinic we offer a variety of affordable solutions to our patients depending on the hearing loss, lifestyle, and needs of the user. We offer all major brands of hearing aids to ensure that we provide the best solution whether it is the most advanced digital hearing instrument or the most simple.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are five styles of hearing aids:
BTE hearing instruments sit behind the ear and are attached either to a traditional earmold or to a thin tube. All of the electronics sit outside the ear and are not exposed to debris from the ear canal. They tend to be slightly bigger than other hearing aids available on the market but we have seen the size of BTEs become dramatically reduced over the past couple of years. BTEs typically come with a bigger battery so the battery will last longer; they are the most reliable so that they will last longer; and require the least maintenance so they are user friendly.
Open fit hearing aids are typically a very small Behind-the-Ear hearing aid which sits behind the ear and is attached to a thin tube which functions to deliver sounds into the ear canal. Similar to BTEs all the electronics sit outside the ear and are not exposed to debris found in the ear canal. They are non-occluding which means they leave the ear relatively open for a nice natural sound quality. Open fit hearing aids are designed for persons with a high frequency hearing loss or a mild to moderate hearing loss.
Custom Fit hearing instrument fills up the concha of the ear. Because it is the biggest of the custom fit hearing aid it can come with a bigger battery for longer batter y life, a volume control and a program button for user manipulations depending on the listening environment.
This style is very popular among adults due to its discrete size plus the option of a program button or volume control size permitting. The disadvantages of this size are: because of its smaller size you cannot get all the options available on a larger hearing instrument; battery size may have to be sacrificed due to the size or shape of the ear; they tend to get dirty and require a great deal of maintenance and may go for repair due to damage caused by debris in the ear; and due to their smaller size they can be difficult to handle if dexterity is compromised.
The smallest of the custom products, its popularity has decreased over the last few years due to the small battery size and constant need for cleaning, maintenance, and even repairs. CICs do not typically come with any options (i.e. volume control or program button) or do they have a great deal of power and as such are not suitable for some persons.
We also offer:
- Assistive listening devices - these devices are designed to assist you while talking on the phone, watching the television or a play at a theatre, or travelling in the car. One popular assistive listening device is the FM system. FM systems can improve the signal-to-noise ratio for the listener and reduce the effects of poor acoustics. As such, they are great for hearing speech over background noise and listening at a distance.
- Musicians' ear plugs
- Noise plugs
- Custom fitted swim plugs