Delivering Better Hearing Through Methodical Hearing Technology and Expertise
None of us grow up looking forward to the day that we can wear prescription hearing aids, but with so many Americans now experiencing signs of hearing loss, prescription hearing aids are a key component to caring for your hearing health and continuing to bring your difference to the world.
The good news is that the large, clunky devices that many remember their grandparents wearing are thankfully a thing of the past, with the latest hearing technology being incredibly small, discreet, and, in some cases, invisible.
The new technology is incredibly powerful, has intelligence to focus on specific conversations in noisy environments, and even allows you to stream your cell phone, tablet, or television directly to your hearing aids.
But in the same way that a racing car doesn’t win a race without a racing driver, having the right hearing care partner by your side is key to achieving long-term better hearing health.
At Aim Hearing & Audiology, we have been caring for the hearing health of thousands of people for 21 years by delivering our unique approach to better hearing through our carefully devised patient journey.
This expertise and persistence matched with great technology results in a lifetime of better hearing.
I have taken my elderly mother to AIM since her first hearing evaluation in 2015. Our primary physician recommended them to us.
Both Dr. Emil and Dr. Shannon are professional and compassionate in their care for patients. They understand the difficulties caused by poor hearing from their own experience, so their desire to improve patients’ hearing runs much deeper than a desire to work in that field or to run a medical practice. Their staff is friendly, helpful, and competent, as well.
Although hearing aids can be expensive, the cost we paid to AIM 5 years ago has covered almost every visit since then. If you calculate the per year cost for 2 office visits and for Mom’s ability to hear (priceless), it is really a small price to pay for such an important purpose.
I thoroughly believe hearing is essential to quality of life and brain functioning. I can’t imagine how much more dementia would have taken from my mom’s life if she lived in a world where she could not hear clearly. Thanks to AIM for helping us stay connected to her through sound, music, and conversation.
The Different Styles of Prescription Hearing Aids
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) – Tiny & Often Invisible
Designed for mild to moderate hearing losses, IIC instruments are the smallest custom style devices available. In fact, they are invisible, as they are worn past the second bend of the ear canal
ITC instruments fit within the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, therefore making them comfortable and simple to use. Their slightly larger size than CIC models gives them a longer battery life. They are also able to host additional features, such as directional microphones, which make noisy environments easier to handle, and volume controls. Those with mild and moderate hearing losses can benefit from ITC instruments.
BTEs are ideal for mild to profound hearing losses. Their longer shape contours along the area behind the outer ear. Its many features include a program button and volume controls. The earmold and style, along with the wearer’s hairstyle, will determine how they’ll look on each wearer.
In-The-Ear models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features, such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.
RIC models are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.
Lyric – The Invisible Extended Wear Hearing Devices
One of the most in-demand hearing aids on the market, known as the “Invisible hearing aid” – these 100% invisible, extended wear hearing devices can be worn while sleeping or in the shower, replaced every 8-10 weeks in the office.
Over the Counter (OTC)
These pioneering hearing-enhancing earbuds have been specifically engineered with advanced medical-grade technology, to help you focus on what you want to listen to, without just turning up the volume.
The innovative design uses 4 dedicated microphones to reduce background noise and improve speech clarity, so whether you’re chatting with your partner in a busy café or catching up with friends over dinner, the sounds that matter will be crystal-clear.