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Modern Hearing Aids for a Modern World

Hearing aids are a great, non-invasive solution to hearing loss. Many users report that ever since they started wearing hearing aids, their quality of life has dramatically improved. In fact, many of them wish they had started wearing hearing aids sooner. The benefits are felt in every area of a person’s life. For example, hearing aids strengthen relationships with friends and co-workers because it improves communication. In addition, many studies show that hearing well can reduce stress, increase energy, and boost your mental alertness. In a world inundated with sounds, hearing aids can help you hear what you want to hear, while automatically reducing background noise.

With all the advancements in technology, it’s no surprise that there are many different hearing aid models. However, what all modern hearing aids have in common is their unbelievably small size. Both in-the-ear and behind-the-ear devices are the size of a coffee bean. In terms of technology, the latest hearing aids are basically mini super computers that use advanced algorithms to process sounds and deliver crystal-clear sound. Finding the right hearing aid depends on a number of factors. In this page, you will learn more about the different models, manufacturers, and more. If you have any additional questions, you can contact a hearing aid expert from hear.com for a free, unbiased consultation.

Hearing Aid Styles

ITE Hearing Aids

Man wearing ITA hearing aid
Man wearing ITA hearing aid

Customizable & virtually invisible: Since it fits directly inside the ear canal, in-the-ear hearing aids are virtually invisible. Due to their small size, ITE devices are best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Additionally, whether or not you can use an ITE device depends on the amount of room in your auditory canal. Our local Partner Provider will conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation in order to fit you with the right style of hearing aid.

BTE Hearing Aids

Man wearing BTE hearing aid
Man wearing BTE hearing aid

High-performance & discreet design: In their smallest form, behind-the-ear hearing aids are about the size of a coffee bean, featuring a sound tube with a customized ear mold or external receiver placed in the ear canal. BTEs are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. This type of hearing aid is generally available in various sizes and styles depending on your preferred performance and battery strength.

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How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid

Hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all. You need to choose devices that meet your needs and fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. For example, a device with basic functions may be suitable for you depending on your daily activities. But if you’re someone who is very active, a premium technology level may provide you with the best listening experience. To help you determine which technology level is right for you, take a look at the chart below.

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What Are the Different Hearing Aid Technologies

Premium Technology Hearing Aids

If you’re looking for hearing aids with all the bells and whistles, then look no further than Premium technology. These devices offer more advanced versions of features found in the Basic and Mid-Range levels, making them the best solution for both active and sedentary lifestyles. Whether you spend your days indoors or outdoors, you will enjoy natural and comfortable listening. They deliver HD sound quality, directional microphones, digital noise/feedback reduction and self learning. Best of all, Premium level technology sometimes uses Bluetooth to wirelessly stream music, phone calls and more directly to your hearing aids. Premium hearing aids cost between $4,999 and $6,499 per pair.

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Mid-Range Technology Hearing Aids

Starkey Muse i1200
Starkey Muse i1200

Hearing aids with this technology level are great for people who live a more active lifestyle. These devices provide good sound quality, even in complex listening situations. Examples of places where you can benefit from wearing Mid-Range level devices include large auditoriums, family get-togethers, sporting events and restaurants. Mid-Range level technology gives you the ability to change listening programs and improve listening comfort in any setting.

In addition, many of the features are automated, which removes the constant need to manually adjust the settings. Some of these features include adaptive directional microphones and automatic noise reduction. Mid-range hearing aids cost between $3,499 and $4,999 per pair.

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Basic Technology Hearing Aids

ReSound Enya
ReSound Enya

Basic level technology is a good solution for individuals who spend a lot of time at home and enjoy having one-on-one conversations. Devices with basic technology provide good amplification and feedback cancellation in quiet environments. Their basic features allow you to hear the TV at normal volume and understand your conversation partner clearly in small group settings. Basic hearing aids cost between $1,599 and $3,499 per pair.

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The Best Hearing Aid Manufacturers

Some of the best hearing aid manufacturers who are leading the way in innovative hearing loss solutions include Signia, Widex, Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, and more. These companies are continually developing new technology, more advanced features, and greater ease of use with wireless connectivity. All these new and exciting things are guaranteed to improve your overall listening experience. At hear.com, we carry the latest devices from the leading manufacturers, so contact us today to learn more about how you can test them risk free.

How to Get Hearing Aids?

The traditional process of getting hearing aids can be tiresome for many people. However, at hear.com, we make it super easy and convenient for you to improve your hearing. From scheduling all your appointments to making sure you find the perfect devices, we take care of everything for you. Below are the steps you would normally take to find a suitable device and the advantages of letting us walk you through each one.

Step 1 – Get your hearing tested
Schedule an appointment with an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist and have your hearing tested. Some common types of hearing tests include: pure tone test, speech test, middle ear test.

**hear.com advantage**: First, one of our hearing consultants gives you free expert advice over the phone. If you like what you hear and want to move forward with us, we look for a specialist near you and schedule your hearing test appointment.

Step 2 – Choose your hearing aids
With the results from your test (also called an audiogram), the audiologist or hearing instrument specialist will recommend specific hearing aids for you to choose from. Besides your audiogram, there are three important factors that go into choosing the right devices: the technology level you need, your lifestyle, your budget.
Once you decide on a pair of devices, you will have to schedule another appointment to have them fitted and programed.

**hear.com advantage**: In some cases, we can order the hearing aids beforehand, so you don’t have to come back to the office for a second time. This means your hearing aids will be ready for you at your appointment! Make sure to ask our hearing consultant if you qualify for this option.

Step 3 – Have your hearing aids fitted
As previously mentioned, once your devices have been ordered, you will have to return to have them fitted.

**hear.com advantage**: we give you 45 days to try them out risk-free. During this trial period, you can go back to the specialist’s office and have them fine-tuned so they meet your exact needs. If you’re not satisfied with the devices after 45 days, simply return them for a full refund. We do not charge any restocking fees unlike many other providers. In addition, most of our hearing aids come with a 3 year warranty!

Step 4 – Try them out in your everyday life
Enjoy your new hearing aids and experience all the sounds you’ve been missing out on. Reach out to your personal hearing consultant at any time should you have any questions.

How Do Hearing Aids Work?

Exploding Signia Silk
Exploding Signia Silk

To put it simply: Hearing aids supplement our hearing. But how exactly do they work? Firstly, hearing aids are designed to receive sounds from the outside world, just like a healthy ear would do. To do so, they include microphones as part of the design, which take sounds and convert them into vibrations, and then into electrical impulses.

However, at this stage these signals are often too weak, and need to be amplified before they can be converted into something wearers can actually hear. Amplifiers inside the hearing aid casing do the job, turning even very quiet noises into signals that can be turned into audible noise.

The final part of the hearing aid is (usually) the speaker, which takes these amplified signals and produces noise. The precise sound level can almost always be finely calibrated, depending on the environment and the wearer’s degree of deafness. Many hearing aids can also be calibrated to amplify high or low frequency sounds, again, depending on the user’s needs.

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