An estimated 35 million children and adults in the United States have a hearing loss. For these people, selecting the most suitable hearing aids can be vital to enjoying life to its fullest. Less than 25%of all people who need hearing aids actually get them. Most people don’t realize that the majority of hearing losses can be treated with hearing aids. If you have hearing loss, our audiologist can find the best type and model of hearing aid for you. Call our office today at (864) 482-3122 to schedule your appointment.
In-the-Canal (ITC) and Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) Aids
These aids are contained in a tiny case that fits partly or completely into the ear canal. They are the smallest aids available and offer some cosmetic and listening advantages.
In-the-Ear (ITE) Aids
All parts of the aid are contained in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear. These aids are larger than canal aids and, for some people, may be easier to handle than smaller aids
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Aids
All parts of the aid are contained in a small plastic case that rests behind the ear. The case is connected to an ear mold by a piece of clear tubing. This style is often chosen for young children for safety and growth reasons.
Behind-the-Ear Aid: Open Fitting
A small plastic case rests behind the ear, and a very fine clear tube runs into the ear canal. Inside the ear canal, a small, soft silicone dome or a molded,highly vented acrylic tip holds the tube in place. These aids offer cosmetic and listening advantages and are used typically for adults.
Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Aids
These aids look very similar to the behind-the-ear hearing aid with a unique difference: the speaker of the hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal,and thin electrical wires replace the acoustic tube of the BTE aid. These aids also offer cosmetic and listening advantages and are typically used for adults.
Each person’s hearing loss presents unique characteristics. Our audiologists have expertise about product quality and follow-up services and can help you find the perfect hearing device for your specific needs. Prisma Health Mountain Lakes ENT, Allergy & Hearing Center offers patients a credit program that can be used toward expenses and services not covered by insurance. Patients can apply for $500 or more to cover the cost of hearing aids and hearing aid accessories. The program is offered through Wells Fargo. Patients complete an application in our office and submit it to the audiologist, who can confirm approval and credit amount within minutes. Authorized funds then are placed on a hold status until the hearing aid is delivered. Any excess credit approved by Wells Fargo can be used at any participating medical provider, including non-Prisma Health providers, for other non-covered medical expenses.