At Elevate Audiology, we understand the importance of technology in better hearing and tinnitus management. We also know that not every product is the best solution for every individual need. For this reason, we work with several manufacturers to provide the best hearing aids Easley has to offer. Each of these manufacturers dedicate considerable time and money in research and development to regularly improve their products for you, the consumer. Dr. Tarvin and staff learn about the new technology continuously to stay up to date on what is available to serve the community. We sift through all of the options for you but will teach you as much as you want to know to form the best treatment plan for your success.
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Here's How It Works
2) Take home state-of-the-art hearing devices today. We allow you to try different types and price levels with no commitment or deposit required
3) Take your time evaluating which hearing aid suits you best.
The most common style hearing aid around the world. The RIC style is the most versatile because the speaker sits inside of the ear canal allowing for a natural sound quality. Because the speaker is external, the power of this hearing aid can be changed to accommodate changes to hearing.
Typically for severe to profound hearing losses, a BTE hearing aid is more powerful. They can be used with a custom earmold or a slim-tube depending on what is required for the patient.
Many hearing aids can be paired to your smart phone to allow for hands-free phone calls or music streaming. You can even pair to your TV! These devices often work with apps so you can use your phone as a remote control and even connect to other technologies. Most of these models are the RIC style but other styles are becoming available.
Made from an impression/cast of your ear, a custom hearing aid fits your ear perfectly. Most are made of acrylic but one manufacturer makes certain models from titanium. The size that is most appropriate depends on the power and features that you require to succeed and the shape of your ear canal.
In-the-Ear (ITE), Half-Shell (HSE), In-the-Canal (ITC), Completely-in-Canal (CIC), Invisible-in-Canal (IIC)
Individuals with profound hearing loss in one ear and normal hearing in the other ear would benefit from a CROS system. Individuals with profound hearing loss in one and and impaired hearing in the other ear would benefit from a BiCROS system. These technologies are available in RIC, BTE, and custom styles.
Gone is the need to change your hearing aid battery every week. Rechargeable is here and it is awesome! Simply place them in your charger while you sleep and when you wake up they are fully charged and ready for the day ahead of you.
Since hearing loss doesn’t develop overnight, the path to better hearing is not immediate either. It takes time for your brain to reestablish those connections again and therefore patience and commitment is required. For many of you, this is your first time needing hearing aids. We will walk you through the entire process so you feel comfortable with the decisions that you are making.
We have regular check-ups to move forward at the pace of your auditory system. At those appointments we will validate your settings with Real Ear Measures, counsel and answer new questions, make fitting and programming changes, and validate your success. You are an integral part of this team to ensure you are as successful as possible.
Additional Benefits of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids may promote better general health, by reducing self-rated psychosocial hearing difficulties and promoting a more active, engaged lifestyle (Dawes and colleagues, 2015)
By facilitating improved communication, hearing aids may improve mood and increase social interactions, thereby perhaps impacting scores on cognitive tests (Amieva and colleagues, 2015)
Patients may feel less exhausted after an hour of socializing- can engage more easily with family and friends.
People with dementia put a good deal of effort into communicating, hearing technology could reduce the cognitive effort and resource allocation (studies currently being performed regarding this)