Hearing Aids

When you can’t hear clearly, hearing aids can change your life. We’re proud to provide hearing aids in Vancouver and throughout the Fraser Valley.

What are Hearing Aids?

In a nutshell, hearing aids are like small sound amplifiers for your ears that help you hear more clearly. While there are many different styles and manufacturers, all hearing aids use a microphone to pick up sounds, a microchip to process what it hears, an amplifier to make it louder, and a receiver to transmit the sound to your ear. It’s all powered by a tiny battery.

Testing for hearing loss

Do you find yourself asking people to speak louder or repeat what they just said? Do people complain you watch the TV too loud, but you can barely hear it? Do you need to be facing someone directly to hear them? Any of these may indicate hearing loss.

If you suspect a hearing problem, consult your primary health care provider who can do a few simple tests to see if you are a candidate for hearing aids. If so, your health care provider may refer you to an hearing specialist, like Alph Hearing, to determine the extent of the hearing loss and to recommend the best treatment.

 

Fitting for hearing aids in Vancouver

Hearing aids should be professionally fitted so you get the best possible result. Our mobile audiologist team can come to you to fit hearing aids in Vancouver or the Fraser Valley.

We’ll learn about your needs to help you choose a hearing aid that fits your budget and lifestyle as there are many manufacturers and types of hearing aids available. We will help you choose the right hearing aid for your specific type, and severity of hearing loss.

 

Types of hearing aids

Here are 5 main types of hearing aids:

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE): Most of the hearing aid fits behind your ear in a casing and is connected with a clear tube to a plastic ear mold. These are common as they work well for most types of hearing loss. Children with hearing loss often wear BTE hearing aids because they are larger and safer.
  • “Mini” BTE (or on-the-ear):  These are similar to BTE hearing aids except that the casing behind the ear is smaller, the tube connecting the case to your ear is nearly invisible, and the earpiece doesn’t fill up the ear canal as fully. Because of their smaller size, many people say they’re more comfortable to wear.
  • In-the-ear (ITE): This type of hearing aid is similar to BTE as they have a small case behind the ear, but are not recommended for children as the case would need to be replaced as the child grows.
  • In-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC): These are best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. These hearing aids have a case that fits partially or fully in the ear canal and as such require more maintenance because they are susceptible to damage from earwax and fluid draining from the ear. As they are also a much smaller device, they are not recommended for children.
  • Implantable: When wearing an external hearing aid is not possible, they can be implanted in your ear either surgically or non-surgically and have long lasting batteries. These hearing aids often fit more precisely and create less feedback noise.

 

Many hearing aids can be customized with bluetooth technology (so you can feed bluetooth audio directly to your hearing aid), directional microphones (to hear specific sounds better in a loud room), a T-coil (to help you hear better on the phone), directional audio input (to connect directly to a TV or audio device), and feedback suppression (to control high pitched “feedback” noise hearing aids sometimes generate).

Tips for wearing hearing aids

  • Wear them in pairs: Hearing aids are often best worn in pairs, even if you’re hearing loss only affects one ear.
  • Pay attention to visual cues: Get used to watching for people’s body language and visual cues to help better understand people and situations when you can’t fully hear.
  • Wear them often: the more you wear them, the faster you get used to them.
  • They shouldn’t be painful: If they hurt, contact your audiologist to get refitted, adjusted, reprogrammed, or to make sure you are wearing them correctly.

 

To schedule a consultation with our team to discuss if hearing aids are right for you, contact us today using the form below.

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