Loss of hearing is very common. It can make it difficult to communicate with friends and family, and interfere with your work. We offer full service hearing testing at all of our clinics. In some cases surgery can restore your hearing. We are experts in ear surgery. Many people need hearing aids. With the exciting technology available in hearing aids today, you don’t have to miss out on the sounds of life going on around you. We have a very skilled audiology team that will work with you during hearing testing and in choosing the best hearing aid tailor-fit to you.
Hearing loss is an often invisible disorder that can vary in intensity from mild to severe. The loss may be present at birth or develop later in life. Causes include hereditary factors, excessive noise exposure, medications, injury or infection. Different types of hearing loss are treated differently and all options for your unique situation will be discussed with you. The most common type of hearing loss is a sensorineural (nerve) hearing loss which can often be successfully rehabilitated though the use of hearing aids.
Although hearing aids benefit many people, it is important to keep in mind that no hearing aid can restore normal hearing. The benefits depend on many individual factors.
There are several decisions to be made when selecting hearing aids, and this should be a team effort involving you, your audiologist, and your ENT physician. Minneapolis Otolaryngology provides a comprehensive approach to help you make a decision that is best for you.
A hearing evaluation will be completed by our licensed audiologist. You will be evaluated in a sound-proof booth utilizing the latest equipment to determine the type and degree of hearing loss.
Once the audiological and, if necessary, medical evaluations have been completed and your needs determined, we will help you determine whether hearing aids would be beneficial. In our consultation, some of the following items will be discussed:
- Hearing test results: Describing the type and degree of hearing loss.
- Is a hearing aid right for you: It may be that your hearing isn’t bad enough to warrant a hearing device. Not everyone with a hearing loss is a hearing aid candidate.
- One versus two hearing aids: If amplification will benefit you, our audiologists will discuss with you the advantages of using one or two hearing aids.
- Types of technology: Digital technology in basic, mid-level, advanced, and premium.
- Style of hearing aids: In-the-Ear, Behind-the-Ear, In-the-Canal, Completely In-the-Canal and Receiver-in-the-ear.
- Communication demands: Lifestyle, job, telephone use, etc.
Follow Up Appointments
When purchasing new hearing aids, a 45-day trial period is given (as required by law). During this time, your hearing aids should be worn on a daily basis. We advise you to return to the audiologist in approximately two weeks following your fitting for adjustments. During this trial period, the hearing aids may be adjusted several times to find the best parameters for your specific hearing loss.
|Styles of Hearing Aids
Completely In-the-Canal (CIC) and deeper insertion IIC: The smallest hearing aid on the market. It is a digital hearing device and it will accommodate mild to moderate hearing loss.
|Styles of Hearing Aids
In-the-Canal (ITC): This is slightly bigger than the CIC. It is a digital hearing device and it will accommodate mild to moderate hearing loss.
In-the-Ear (ITE): One of the more common styles of hearing aids. It is a digital hearing device and it will accommodate mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE): One of the more flexible digital hearing aids to fit. It can accommodate hearing loss from mild to profound. Many products now have Bluetooth accessories to enhance your listening situations.
Receiver-in-the-ear: The most popular style of hearing aid. It is very light-weight and difficult to see on the ear. It is a digital hearing device that will accommodate all hearing losses. It can also have Bluetooth accessories to enhance your listening situations.