Austin Ear Clinic’s Process
Before we prescribe hearing aids for you, Austin Ear Clinic wants to know as much as we can about you and your hearing concerns. We start with a one-on-one consultation so that we can understand your medical history and your personal needs. Then, we perform comprehensive audiological testing to determine the type and extent of your hearing loss. After we do all that, then, we can start considering the type of hearing aids you may need or if a medical referral is necessary.
Austin Ear Clinic Offers the Latest in Hearing Aid Technology
We have digital hearing aids that are programmed specifically for you. Why digital hearing aids? They produce a cleaner sound and have the latest and greatest in feedback management systems so the squealing that is associated with older hearing aid systems is almost completely gone. Many hearing aids are now fully automatic and adapt instantly to changes in your listening environments. These aren’t your grandparents’ hearing aids.
Austin Ear Clinic Offers Many Different Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing aids come in a wide variety of styles. Some styles work better with different types of hearing loss than others. That’s why we have a wide selection of products to fit your hearing needs.
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) – these devices are usually larger than other hearing aids. They provide more amplification. This style is best used to treat mild to severe hearing loss. Behind-The-Ear hearing aids are also a great choice for pediatric patients and people with a lot of moisture and ear wax.
Invisible-In-the-Canal(IIC) – these are the smallest of the hearing aids. They are therefore the most discreet. We place them deep in the ear canal to take full advantage of the ear’s natural resonance. IIE hearing aids require a person with good manual dexterity. They can be used for folks with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.
In-The-Ear (ITE), In-The-Canal (ITC), and Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC) – these hearing aids fit inside the air, not behind it. These devices are more appealing from a cosmetic standpoint. ITE and ITC styles are still partially visible whereas the CIC styles are mostly invisible. Since they have to fit in the ear, amplification is limited by their size. This makes the devices better for mild to profound hearing loss.
Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) or Receiver-In-the-Canal (RIC) – these instruments are a middle ground between BTEs and ITEs. We place the receiver in the ear while the bulk of the device rests behind the ear. They are considered to be comfortable because they keep the ear canal open, reducing the plugged-up sensation that can come from other devices. They work well for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
Lyric hearing aids – these are worn 24/7 and are invisible. You can wear them for up to 4 months at a time. Lyric hearing aids go deep in the ear canal and take advantage of the ear’s natural structure to minimize background noise and deliver natural sound. You don’t need to change batteries, there’s no maintenance and you don’t have to remove them and reinsert them daily. You can wear them during all of your daily activities including showering, exercising and sleeping. You just have to return to the office every 4 months for a replacement pair.
Austin Ear Clinic Offers Optional Features and Accessories
Many hearing aids we offer come with optional features like directional microphones, listening programs and Bluetooth® compatibility as well as accessories to help with TV watching and hands-free cell phone connection. Austin Ear Clinic offers maintenance and repair services to make sure your hearing aids are always working properly. We also offer a wide variety of products for hearing protection when you’re in noisy environments, when swimming, and musician products to protect or enhance hearing. Assistive listening devices are available when hearing aids are not enough or not an option.
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Texas residents who are hard of hearing are eligible for a free amplified captioned telephone that helps them communicate with others easily and effortlessly. The phone features a transcript of each conversation and an amplified handset that provides loud, clear sound. In order to qualify for a phone, contact Austin Ear Clinic to schedule an appointment for a hearing evaluation and we will verify your hearing loss. During your visit, we are happy to discuss additional options for improving your communication abilities and reconnecting with friends and loved ones. Call us today at (512)434-0494.