Caring For The Hearing Health of Big Thicket

Very few of us grow up looking forward to the day that we can get our first pair of hearing aids, but with 28.8 million of us suffering from some form of hearing loss, it’s often the solution to better quality hearing. But hearing aids are not what they used to be. You may have memories of large clunky devices that belonged to your elderly relatives, but today, hearing technology has dramatically advanced resulting in hearing technology now being remarkably small and almost invisible, with advanced ‘Smart’ technology and rechargeable batteries. With a range of styles and packages available, we’re able to help you find the right hearing aids to suit your personal circumstances, lifestyle and budget.

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The Different Styles of Hearing Aids

Invisible In The Canal (IIC)

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The smallest custom style, 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 The Canal (CIC)

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The smallest custom style, CIC instruments, fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild-to-moderate hearing losses and offer a high cosmetic appeal, as they’re nearly invisible when worn.

In The Canal (ITC)

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ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life and can host additional features, such as directional microphones, for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses.

Full Shell Or In The Ear (ITE)

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Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of controls and features, such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.

Receiver In Ear (RIC)

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RIC models are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.

BTEs with Earmolds

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BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features, including a program button and volume control. The earmold and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.

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“Dr. Ruiz has been my audiologist for over five years. In that time I have had medical issues (heart attack, stroke, …) that altered my hearing. In each instance, the good doctor came to my aid. I believe the good Lord sent her to me and I have been blessed by her knowledge, her skill, her compassion, and I have been blessed with her friendship. I do not think you will find such a concerned and caring servant anywhere. If you, or a loved one, feel your hearing has changed, I encourage you to set-up an appointment with Dr. Ruiz. She may change your life as much as she has changed mine.” John C Byerly

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