Hearing Aid Overview

It can be daunting to consider the many different types of hearing aids available to you. To help you, Dr. Gessert has compiled a list of the most common types of hearing aids and their features.

Types of hearing aids


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Behind-the-ear (BTE)


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Receiver-in-canal (RIC)


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In-the-ear (ITE)


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In-the-canal (ITC)


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Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)


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Invisible-in-canal (IIC)


Common Hearing Aid Features

Hearing aids are designed with features to accommodate the different listening environments you will encounter from very quiet, such as at home, up to very noisy, such as a restaurant. Each type of hearing aid BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC, as well as IIC come in different technology levels and each technology level has different features that will help you hear and understand in all different environments.

Hearing aids are designed with features to accommodate the many different aspects of hearing loss. You will find a number of common features in hearing aids, outlined below.

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Hearing aids need to be programmed to your hearing loss. Hearing aids, at one time, fit a range of hearing losses and a lot of times these aids didn’t work because they were not specifically for your hearing loss. Today, Dr. Gessert inputs your hearing loss into the computer and while you’re wearing the hearing aids, programs them specifically to your hearing loss. No more guesswork, but a hearing aid that is programmed for you, your hearing loss, and your lifestyle.

Choosing the right hearing aid for you

When choosing a hearing aid that is appropriate for you, Dr. Gessert goes over all these options with you. There are 3 main topics he discusses with you:

1) the severity of your hearing loss
2) how active you are
3) your budget of course.

Taking these three factors into consideration and discussing these with you and your loved one, Dr. Gessert will come up with a solution that will best fit your hearing healthcare needs. Understanding these needs are very specific and different for each patient Dr. Gessert sees, he looks forward to choosing, along with your input, the right hearing aid for you!

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