Our Hearing Aids
The past several years have produced land-mark improvements in signal processing and aesthetic design, giving you more options and our Doctors of Audiology more "tools in the toolbox" than ever before.
As an independent and privately-owned practice, Mountain Audiology fits devices from nearly every major hearing aid manufacturer and in all levels of technology. Through our process of medically-based, comprehensive diagnostics and hearing needs assessments, we work with to you to determine the devices and accessories to meet your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Three Main Decisions To Make:
Style - what it looks like on the outside.
Today there are more styles of hearing aid available than ever before. Thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components, we have countless options, including mini behind-the-ear with receiver in the canal (commonly called RIC), as well as custom-made styles which fit inside the ear. The device size and style is determined by numerous factors, including:
- Hearing loss and amplification needs
- Ear size and shape
- Dexterity of the user
- Cosmetic preference
- Need for features such as buttons, volume control, or certain internal components
Fun fact: Smaller doesn't mean more sophisticated or more expensive, and today Behind-the-ear styles are now the most popular.
Level of technology - what it does on the inside.
All hearing aids prescribed and fit by our Audiologists are the most current digital technology from the leading manufacturers. The devices we fit on our patients are essentially miniature computers worn in or on the ears. Hearing aids of all levels of technology use the same basic parts to pick up, carry, and amplify sounds.
- All are powered by a battery, either replaceable (zinc air) or rechargeable (lithium ion).
- Miniature microphones, often used in pairs, pick up sounds from the environment.
- A computer chip with an amplifier converts the incoming sound into digital code. The sound is analyzed and adjusted based how your Audiologist has set the prescription for your hearing loss, and listening needs. The differences in the four levels of technology we offer are determined by the sophistication of the computer chip.
- A receiver (speaker) converts the adjusted sound back into sound waves and then delivers it to your ears.
We divide the hearing aids we fit into four levels of digital technology:
With the premium-level being the most sophisticated and the basic-level being the entry-level, the primary differences in the four levels of technology are the intelligence of the computer chip when it comes to analyzing and processing speech, background noises, and music. Your Audiologist will use your audiogram (what your hearing looks like on paper) and the impact of your hearing loss on your day-to-day life to help recommend the best match for your needs. We also work closely to make sure that your treatment plan is a match for your budget.
Did you know: Any level of technology can go into any size or style of hearing aid?
Accessories - What Do I want and Need
Visit our Beyond Hearing Aids page to learn more about accessories for your hearing aids.
Our Audiologists fit devices from leading hearing aid manufacturers, including: