Hearing Aids Denver
The Truth about Hearing Aids
There are so many different hearing aids out there that it can be overwhelming with all of the information available online, in the newspaper, and on TV. If you are new to hearing aids or have been wearing the same pair for too long, you have found the right place. We are one of a very few completely independent audiology practices in Colorado.
Why is that important to you? Most hearing aid providers are either owned by a hearing aid manufacturer, or they borrowed money from them. There are also many practices that purchase their hearing aids through “buying groups” where they commit to purchasing preset quantities. The problem with each of these scenarios is that the provider is faced with a conflict of loyalties between the patient and the manufacturer or buying group.
At Sound Relief Hearing Center, our focus is solely on the patient and what is best for them. We are family owned; we haven’t borrowed money from anyone; and we don’t buy our hearing aids though buying groups. With the freedom and expertise to fit the best technology available today, we know you will have the best experience and outcome with Sound Relief Hearing Center.
Daily Wear Hearing Aids
Daily wear hearing aids are something that you can wear during the day and take out at night as needed. Speak with one of our specialists to find out if daily wear hearing aids are the right solution for you.
There are three basic styles of daily wear hearing aids. They differ by size, their placement on or inside the ear, and the degree to which they amplify sound.
Behind the Ear Hearing Aids
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids consist of a hard plastic case worn behind the ear and connected to a plastic ear mold that fits inside the outer ear. The electronic parts are held in the case behind the ear. Sound travels from the hearing aid through the ear mold and into the ear. BTE aids are used by people of all ages for mild to profound hearing loss. A new kind of BTE aid is an open-fit hearing aid. Small, open-fit aids fit behind the ear completely, with only a narrow tube inserted into the ear canal, enabling the canal to remain open. For this reason, open-fit hearing aids may be a good choice for people who experience a buildup of earwax, since this type of aid is less likely to be damaged by such substances. In addition, some people may prefer the open-fit hearing aid because their perception of their voice does not sound plugged up.
In the Ear Hearing Aids
In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aids fit completely inside the outer ear and are used for mild to severe hearing loss. The case holding the electronic components is made of hard plastic. Some ITE aids may have certain added features installed, such as a telecoil. A telecoil is a small magnetic coil that allows users to receive sound through the circuitry of the hearing aid, rather than through its microphone. This makes it easier to hear conversations over the telephone. A telecoil also helps people hear in public facilities that have installed special sound systems, called induction loop systems. Induction loop systems can be found in many churches, schools, airports, and auditoriums. ITE aids usually are not worn by young children because the casings need to be replaced often as the ear grows.
Canal Hearing Aids
Canal aids fit into the ear canal and are available in two styles. The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is made to fit the size and shape of a person’s ear canal. A completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid is nearly hidden in the ear canal and some newer models are nearly invisible. Both types are used for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Because they are small, canal aids may be difficult for a person to adjust and remove. In addition, canal aids have less space available for batteries and additional devices, such as a telecoil. They usually are not recommended for young children or for people with severe to profound hearing loss because their reduced size limits their power and volume.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Economy & Basic Technology Hearing Aids:
$750 to $1,900 each
Advanced Digital Technology Hearing Aids:
$1,900 to $2,500 each
Premium Digital Technology Hearing Aids:
$2,300 to $3,600 each
Digital Hearing Aid Technology
The digital revolution has made a huge impact on the way hearing aids look, feel and work. They can be so small that they are virtually invisible, and so natural sounding, they mimic the way you used to hear before you experienced hearing loss. Two of the manufacturers that we believe currently outperform the others are Widex and Oticon. Both have superior technology designed for the individual and extensively test their products before releasing them to the public.
Digital Hearing Aid Features
- Dual microphones allow you to hear better in noisy situations. Some can even identify the source of the noise & reduce it!
- Open technology that keeps the ear canal unobstructed eliminates that “talking in a barrel” effect.
- Feedback cancellation does just that! It cancels feedback BEFORE you hear it as an annoying whistle.
- Hands free technology automatically adjusts to your listening environment whether you are on the phone, in a crowd or in wind.
- Your digital hearing aid can be programmed with a computer to meet your individualized needs over time.
- Bluetooth technology allows you to hear your cell phone, television & home phone in stereo, directly through your hearing aids!
Digital Hearing Aid Technology Levels
There are so many options available to you! There are four basic technology levels: Economy, Basic, Advanced, and Premium. Each level offers digital hearing solutions based on your level of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.
Unlike most audiology practices, Sound Relief Hearing Center stocks many different hearing aids for our patients so they can try them outside the office for a few days before making a decision to buy. You can try them at home and at work before you commit to a particular device without any obligations. Schedule an appointment online or call now for your field trial today!
Made for iPhone Hearing Devices
We offer hearing instruments that can be combined with sound therapy for tinnitus treatment and sync with your iPhone, the Resound LiNX2. They are small, powerful, and very easy to use. Visit our iPhone Resound hearing aids page to learn more.
Extended Wear Hearing Aids
Lyric Invisible Hearing 24/7
We are one of the select offices in the United States to offer Lyric Hearing to its patients. Lyric was featured on Good Morning America as a new hearing technology that is not only tiny and invisible, but also delivers exceptional sound quality. Visit our Lyric invisible hearing aids page to learn more about the Lyric invisible hearing solution.
Lyric is the first extended wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. It is comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing professional and can be worn 24 hours a day. No surgery or anesthesia is required. Click here to watch our Lyric video.
Unlike many hearing aids, Lyric is positioned completely inside the ear canal, so it uses your ear’s natural anatomy to funnel sound to your eardrum. This unique design and placement helps reduce background noise and feedback and provides exceptionally natural sound quality.
Natural Sound Quality
Lyric’s placement deep in the ear canal allows the outer ear (the pinna) to direct sound into the ear canal naturally, resulting in reduced background noise and feedback, and exceptional sound quality.
Lyric is not appropriate for all patients. Schedule an appointment with Sound Relief to determine if Lyric is right for you.