At Pacific Audiology Clinic, finding the right device is one step in a multipart process. Hearing aids can use compatible accessories to enhance their usefulness in personal and professional situations. Comfort plays a large role in choosing hearing aids. With the right setup, wearers gain all of the benefits needed for better audio clarity.
Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing professionals will make a recommendation on device types by factoring in a patient’s lifestyle, hearing loss and budget. Several options separate one style from another although most core features are available in all styles.
Various hearing aid styles we offer:
- Invisible-in-the-canal styles – invisible custom fitted style that goes the furthest into the ear canal
- Completely-in-canal devices – similar to IIC, but has a small plastic handle used for insertion and removal
- In-the-canal models – for severe hearing loss, this is considered to be the best for patients that want a near invisible style
- In-The-Ear aids – a hearing aid that fits in the outer portion of the ear
- Receiver-in-canal instruments – puts a receiver directly in the canal with the benefit of reduced distortion
- Behind-the-ear devices – this is the most visible of the styles since it rests behind the ear
Custom earmolds can be soft or spongy, available in full shell or half shell. Earplugs are just as varied and can come with a detachable cord for quick removal. Both styles are meant to help in professional and personal situations when noise levels are dangerous.
- Surfers/Swim Molds – prevents water from entering the ear. They can also float on water
- Defendear series – made for hunters, the Defendear series protects from gunshot noise
- Industrial Molds – in loud work environments where noise levels are high, industrial molds protect hearing without cutting off situation awareness
- Musicians Earplugs – sounds are normalized with these earplugs with electronic and non-electronic models
- Sleep Plugs – for comfortable sleep without any interruptions, custom sleep plugs are recommended
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid users will have the option of using rechargeable or disposable batteries. Current modern hearing aids will use rechargeable batteries, requiring the use of a station to keep them charged. Disposable batteries come in many different sizes, and their lifespan has a minimum and maximum rating based on usage. Battery brands can be mainstream like Energizer or carry the same brand name as the hearing aid manufacturer.
Lyric Invisible Hearing Aids
Lyric is the world’s first and only 100 percent invisible hearing aid. It is manufactured by Phonak and is considered one of their flagship products. Despite its small size, Lyric delivers crystal clear audio in all environments.
Oticon produces several hearing aids and hearing aid accessories. Their key features are Tinnitus SoundSupport, If This Then That network support and ConnectClip. The Oticon On series of hearing aids has multiple styles and types to choose from.
Phonak is known for having the only 100% invisible hearing aid, the Lyric. Other products in their lineup prioritize connecting hearing aids to everyday devices. The Naida B, Sky B and Audeo B- Direct are powerful devices with robust feature sets.
Many of Starkey’s history milestones are based on their innovations in the audiology field. They have a large lineup of hearing aids, and even an option for hearing amplifiers. The IQ series is their most notable addition, and it is made to reduce the symptoms of Tinnitus.
Widex is the sixth largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world. Their custom-made app BEYOND puts the power of hearing aids in the hands of its users. Widex supports many styles for children, adults and seniors.