At El Paso Hearing Aid and Audiology Center, we believe in providing you with hearing aids that match more than just your type and degree of hearing loss. We believe your hearing aids should truly enhance your lifestyle within your budget.
Styles of Hearing Aids
We offer hearing aids in many styles to meet your unique needs. The most common types of hearing aid styles include (from least visible to most visible):
- Invisible in canal (IIC): The smallest custom-style available, IIC instruments sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.
- Completely in canal (CIC): One of the smallest custom styles on the market, CIC devices fit entirely within the ear canal. CIC devices are appropriate for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss and offer high cosmetic appeal, as they’re near invisible when worn.
- In the canal (ITC): ITC devices sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. The larger size allows for additional accessories and features, such as directional microphones. ITC devices are appropriate for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss.
- In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids, with full shells, fill the entire ear bowl. They are the largest of the more discreet devices and allow for additional accessories, like directional microphones. Because of their flexibility, they’re recommended for mild to some severe hearing loss.
- Receiver in canal (RIC): An open-fit hearing aid that uses a thin plastic “micro” tube that extends from the body of hearing aid over the outer ear and into the ear canal.
- Behind the ear (BTE): Hearing aids that sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing or wiring that routes sounds down into the ear, connecting to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal.
The smaller, or least visible type of hearing aids, are usually most suitable for individuals with mild hearing loss. The larger, or more visible devices, such as BTE hearing aids, are more suitable for individuals with all types of hearing loss, including severe or profound hearing loss. The audiologists at El Paso Hearing Aid and Audiology Center can determine the right style of hearing aid for you, based on the type of hearing loss you’re diagnosed with.
Assistive Listening Devices
When hearing aids just aren’t enough, we turn to assistive listening devices (ALDs). ALDs are amplifiers that bring sound even closer to the ear while also removing unwanted background noise, for an overall improved hearing experience.
Serving as a true one-stop-shop, we provide hearing aid batteries at all three of our convenient locations.
Cell phone accessories
Although the FCC now requires that hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phones meet strict guidelines for quality, some hearing aid users wish to further improve their cell phone experience. Add-on devices and cell phone accessories can make cell phones even more compatible with hearing aids.
Many cell phones can be used with hearing aid telecoils. Hearing aid accessories that provide a hands-free option may also be helpful.
Hearing aid counseling
Once you have been diagnosed with a type and degree of hearing loss, you will be able to choose your hearing aids. Your audiologist will guide you through a counseling process that will help you take more into consideration than just your type and degree of hearing loss when choosing your hearing aid. For example, it is important to also consider your lifestyle and budget.
Custom earmolds fit inside the contour of your ear, for the most secure fit. Because they fill the entire ear, earmolds provide the strongest and most efficient protection against hazardous noise, which is sound above 85 decibels. Earmolds can be made in full-shell or half-shell size. Individuals who are in environments with high levels of noise exposure should consider full-shell earmolds.
Custom earplugs are molded to fit the contours of the inner ear. Some earplugs are solid, while others allow for more sound to pass through. Custom earplugs provide a tighter fit than over-the-counter earplugs and are made of materials that can be cleaned. In addition, they are often more comfortable than traditional earplugs.
Solutions for Musicians
El Paso Hearing Aid and Audiology Center offers both earmolds and in-ear musician (IEM) monitors, the current standard for the music industry. In-ear musician monitors enable musicians to clearly hear the music they are making as the audience would while still protecting their ears from the extremely loud amplification systems.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
We understand how important it is that you find the perfect solution for your specific needs, which is why we offer devices from top-of-the-line manufacturers in the industry, including:
Oticon’s vast array of hearing aids empowers individuals with all types and degrees of hearing loss to not just hear better, but live better. They continue to offer life-changing, cutting-edge hearing aid technology for every type of hearing loss, age and lifestyle. They design their hearing aids solutions around individual hearing loss needs, ensuring reliable, discreet and comfortable options.
Phonak believes in changing lives and creating a world where “life is on” for everyone. Whatever your hearing loss needs, Phonak offers your perfect solution. They continue to push and challenge the limits of technology to help patients like ours overcome the most difficult hearing situations every day. What’s more, Phonak devices pair with a nearly endless number of accessories and assistive listening devices.
Rexton offers an array of hearing aid products to support better hearing for virtually any listener in any environment. Their latest hearing aid technology provides a more relaxed listening experience by enhancing speech in every situation. Afterall, Rexton was built on the foundation that exceptional hearing technology should be accessible to all, which is why their products offer superior speech understanding, durability and personalization.
Signia empowers hearing aid wearers to stay connected with the world. They are known for their ability to provide consistently smart and reliable products at an affordable price. Signia’s devices are small, comfortable and ready to wear, allowing even more people to access their high-quality hearing aids.
For more than 20 years, Sonic Innovation has brought the magic of everyday sounds and conversations to people with hearing loss. Sonic stands by its 4S Foundation: sound that’s natural, speech understanding in noise, simplicity and style that stands out.
Starkey hearing aids are an industry standard, providing an array of devices to help individuals with all types and degrees of hearing loss. With accompanying accessories and an edge in technology, Starkey is one of the more popular and well-trusted brands available.