There is a solution for everyone!

Manufacturers have spent the last 20 years designing hearing aids that are invisible, comfortable and smart. Hearing devices are so technologically advanced that they can simulate brain functioning, automatically adapt to your environment, and many even connect with your smartphone.

Remember, there is no “best” hearing device. The goal is finding which solution is the “best” for you.

WHICH ONE IS THE BEST?

Every major manufacturer (GN Resound, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Starkey, and Widex) makes a great, technologically advanced and sophisticated hearing instrument. These are considered the best and most “cutting edge” hearing aids. They are also the most expensive. Each of the major manufacturer’s makes three or four levels of technology, essentially, the more sophisticated the technology, the more automatic, faster and smarter the hearing aids.

  • Entry Level – For those who don’t go out much and want to hear TV programs more clearly and understand their children/grandchildren when they come to visit.
  • Bronze Level– For those with limited activity who want to hear and understand TV, visitors, quiet restaurants and hear more clearly on the phone, grocery store and other limited environments
  • Silver Level – For those who have more active lifestyles and want to hear and understand in noisy environments (restaurants, theater, movies}
  • Gold Level – For those who have the most active lifestyles and ever-changing environments (restaurants, meetings, lectures, sports arenas) Each major manufacturer has a secondary, less advanced and less expensive line of hearing aids they produce and distribute under different brand names. In addition, there are several small hearing aid manufacturers that make good hearing aids.

KEEP IN MIND

  • The major manufacturers have the most resources to invest in research and development.
  • There is a difference in sound quality, speed of processing, ear to ear communication, ease of use, fine tuning capacity, and ease of listening among manufacturers, technology levels and price.
  • You really do get what you pay for.
  • Every manufacturer has different philosophies and algorithms as to how sound should be managed and manipulated. Some alter the sound when it enters the microphone. Some manipulate the sound in the receiver…before it enters your ears. Some process the sound slower and some process it faster. Which one do you need?
  • The “best,” most sophisticated, technologically advanced hearing device is just a piece of plastic without the skill, knowledge and expertise of the provider who understands how to program and manipulate it for you and your needs.

IN OTHER WORDS

There is no best hearing aid and no one manufacturer or brand that is right for everyone. It’s about what is right for you.

WHAT TO CONSIDER

Cosmetics

The best hearing aids for you are the ones you’ll wear. It what it looks like matters to you, then cosmetics are an important consideration and concern.

There are two types of hearing devices that are completely and 100% invisible:

IIC (Invisible in the canal): These devices are custom fit for each individual ear. A deep impression is taken of your ear canal (like a dentist takes an impression of your mouth). The manufacturer then handcrafts a sophisticated hearing instrument to fit precisely and comfortably inside the ear canal.

The IIC allows the outer ear to catch the sound waves and direct them into the microphone of the hearing device. Due to the close proximity of the hearing receiver to the eardrum, less power is needed, resulting in a clear, natural sound.

IICs are inserted and removed daily and require a battery.

Lyric: The only invisible hearing device that can be worn 24/7 for months at a time. They are waterproof and sweat proof and do not require any batteries or maintenance. The Lyric provides clear, crisp sounds and are so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing them.

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Although they may or may not be totally invisible (depending on individual ears and anatomy), today’s hearing devices are tiny, comfortable, and easy to use.

RIC (Receiver in the canal) – These devices sit snugly and comfortably behind your ear. A clear, thin wire connects the device to your ear. RICs are often the most comfortable to wear, since the ear canal is often left open for natural sound to enter. They are exceptional for enhancing the soft sounds of speech.

In the Ear – In-the-ear hearing aids come in several sizes from nearly invisible (completely-in-the-canal), to slightly visible (in-the-canal) to larger varieties. The choice is often dependent on ear canal anatomy and individual dexterity. The smaller the device, the smaller the battery and the more difficult it might be to insert and remove.

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For the daring, colorful, and flamboyant, hearing devices can be vibrant and fun. Cool colors and creative “ear ware” are available. Go ahead—show them off!

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Technology

Hearing aids today are sophisticated, complex and smart….really smart. Digital hearing aids really mean that you have two computers in your ears that can programmed and fine-tuned just for you. Not everyone needs the most sophisticated technology. The right solution for you depends on your hearing ability, lifestyle, hearing healthcare budget and individual needs.

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PRICING

Hearing aids/devices don’t have to be expensive. There are affordable solutions for everyone.

  • $499.00 – $999.00 – Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAP’s). A new hearing solution for those that only have difficulty understanding in sometimes (watching TV, hearing soft voices) in certain situations (restaurants, lectures, meetings). It’s like reading glasses for your ears. You use them when you need them to enhance the voices you want to hear crisply and clearly.
  • $999 – $1999 – Entry level
  • $1999 – $2599 – Bronze Level
  • $2599 – $2999 – Silver Level
  • $2999 – $3599 – Gold level
  • Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care – No one should be denied hearing the beauty of the sounds of life or the voices of those they care about and love. The Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care provides hearing services and treatment to those in need.

FINANCING

The Wells Fargo Health Advantage credit card is a flexible patient financing option that makes it easy for you to receive the treatment and products you need today while paying over time. Specifically designed to cover healthcare expenses, it’s is ideal for products, treatments and procedures not covered by insurance, and can be used at over 10,000 practices nationwide.

FINANCING FOR HEARING AIDS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES.

Plans offered:

12 months No Interest if Paid in Full with Regular Monthly Payments*
18 months or 24 months Extended Payment Plans  with Equal Payments*

-No annual fees

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Contact us for more for details