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Learn About Hearing Aids

How Do Hearing Aids Work?

All hearing aids contain three main parts: a microphone, amplifier and speaker. Sound waves are sent through the microphone, which converts the sound to electrical signals. The electrical signals are passed to the amplifier, which increases the power of the signal and sends the sound to the ear through a speaker to the user. Beltone hearing aid technology has evolved over the years to include exceptionally advanced features that have transformed devices into mini-computers that sit behind your ear!

Hearing Aid Styles

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

About the size of a blackberry, our IIC hearing aids are the instrument of choice for those who desire hearing help that can’t be seen.

Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE)

RIE hearing aids are the newest and most popular Behind-the-Ear styles on the market. A very small casing sits behind your ear, and a narrow, transparent tube carries thin wires from the casing to the receiver, which tucks into your ear canal.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

Easy to wear, our BTE devices are small, and features a curved casing designed to nestle comfortably behind the ear. A clear tube connects the device to a custom-crafted ear mold worn in the ear canal.

Mic-in-Helix (MIH)

The main part of a MIH hearing aid hides in your ear canal. The piece is custom manufactured based on your ear canal impression taken during your visit, so it’s very comfortable. The hearing aid microphone is in a separate component and is worn within the curved groove of your external ear. The transparent tube sends sound from the microphone into your concha to the piece in your ear canal.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

ITC style hearing aids are also custom-made, but slightly larger than CIC hearing aids.

Full-Shell

Full shell style hearing aids fit partially to fully fill the outer ear. They use larger batteries that can power a bigger receiver, making them a perfect choice for more serious hearing losses.

Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC)

Custom crafted for a perfect fit, the CIC style is worn completely within the ear canal.

Choosing The Hearing Aid Style For You

Choosing the right Hearing AidThe right hearing aid style for you is as important as having a hearing aid that fits your unique hearing needs. And we understand that can feel like a complicated choice, especially if you are new to hearing aids. The choice is a personal one and we’re here to help you make the best decision.

Beltone’s two main categories are Behind-the-Ear (BTE) and Custom hearing aids. BTE devices rest comfortably behind your ear and are easy to adjust, program, and are extremely popular.

Custom hearing aids cover many other styles of hearing aids that are manufactured specifically for you using impressions of your outer ear and ear canal. These offer a comfortable custom fit paired with the latest Beltone technology in a variety of models.
It all comes down to what you prefer, and what is best for your hearing loss.

The hearing specialists at each of our six Beltone locations throughout East Texas can help you narrow down the choices based on your specific needs and preferences. And we even offer in-office demos for you to feel and experience the models that might suit you. Call today at (888) 575-2360 to schedule an appointment and let us help you find the best hearing aid for you.

Award-Winning Digital Technology

Digital technology has changed hearing aids drastically in recent years. Instead of the bulky and uncomfortable hearing aids of days past, Beltone hearing aids are so tiny and comfortable; you will forget you’re wearing them! Beltone hearing aids:

  • Provide superior sound quality
  • Wirelessly communicate with one another
  • Automatically adapt when you transition from loud to quiet noise environments
  • Eliminate whistling and feedback
  • Tune down excessive background noise
  • Prioritize conversations
  • Come coated with Nanoblock sealant for protection against moisture
  • Wirelessly stream sounds from your favorite devices, cell phones, tablets, TV’s and more!

Schedule your FREE hearing test and consultation now.