Hearing loss can be caused by several factors, including exposure to extremely loud noises or aging. Whatever the specific cause, hearing loss can make certain activities more challenging, such as communicating clearly with others. If you are not able to hear as well as you used to, a hearing aid could be beneficial. At the Carolina Hearing Institute in Columbia, SC, we have several Oticon hearing aids to meet different needs. Our skilled audiologists, Dr. Kathryn McGee and Dr. Jason Wigand, can recommend a specific hearing aid for you.
Types of Hearing Aids
If hearing loss is interfering with daily activities, the right hearing aid could dramatically improve your quality of life. At our audiology practice in Columbia, SC, we offer Oticon hearing aids in a range of styles to suit different needs and preferences. Oticon hearing aids are known for their comfort, reliability, and cutting edge technology. Five main styles or types of hearing aids that are available include:
- Behind the ear (BTE)
- In the ear (ITE)
- In the canal (ITC)
- Completely in the canal (CIC)
- Receiver in canal
Each type of hearing aid offers distinct benefits or advantages. For example, hearing aids that fit inside the ear or canal are more discreet than styles that are worn behind the ear. However, some types of hearing aids offer a greater range of volume control and can be more easily adjusted throughout the day as needed. Other types of hearing aids offer special benefits, such as wind suppression, Bluetooth connectivity, or a long battery life.
Our knowledgeable audiologists can help you figure out which type of hearing aid might best suit your needs and lifestyle. Based on information you provide about your daily routine, normal activity level, or type of job, for instance, our audiologists can recommend specific hearing aid styles that will be the most comfortable for you, while offering the features you prefer. Whether you want a hearing aid that is practically invisible to others or one that allows you to adjust the volume along several levels, we can help you find the right one for you.
A hearing aid can dramatically enhance your quality of life by restoring your ability to readily hear. We have a wide selection of hearing aids by Oticon at our office in Columbia, SC. To schedule an appointment with Dr. McGee or Dr. Wigand, call the Carolina Hearing Institute, serving the Columbia and Lugoff areas, at (803) 424-2208.