Reconnecting You to Your World
A hearing loss should not stop you from the most important messages of life. Whether it’s your spouse, grandchild, friends or co-workers, they all want to be heard and understood. Too often those relationships are harmed when hearing loss goes untreated.
Most hearing losses can be helped by properly selected, prescribed, and fitted hearing aids. Nearly 38 million American adults express having some difficulty hearing. According to the National Institute of Health more than 28 million adults could benefit from using hearing aids. That means 3/4 of those with a hearing loss would be able to better communicate with their family and friends if they were wearing a hearing aid.
Innovation has made hearing aid technology even better
- More powerful, yet more discreet
- Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones, televisions and remote microphones
- rechargeable batteries that last all day long
- Customizable for changing listening environments like restaurants
Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing aids are available in a range of styles to meet the individual needs and characteristics of the wearer. During your appointment, licensed hearing instrument specialist Mark Busscher will explain the advantages and benefits associated with each hearing aid style suitable for your particular hearing loss and lifestyle. Mark will help you determine what hearing style makes the most sense with your loss, listening environments and budget.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) – The BTE is a popular style worn behind the ear that connects to an ear mold that rests inside the outer ear. Sound is conducted from the hearing aid into the ear mold. Although this can be the largest type of hearing aid, it is also the most powerful and often the easiest to adjust. BTE hearing aids are appropriate for the treatment of almost all types of hearing loss.
Open Fit (BTE) – A new and smaller type of BTE hearing aid, the open fit style fits snugly behind the ear and includes a narrow tube that is inserted into the ear canal to remove occlusion or what’s called the “head in a barrel” effect. More discrete than a traditional BTE hearing aid, this device leaves the ear canal more open, making it ideal for those with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss.
In-the-ear (ITE) – This type of hearing aid fits snugly inside the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear and can be used to fit mild to severe hearing loss. Although ITE hearing aids are more visible, they are generally easier to insert and adjust and have a longer battery life than other, smaller hearing aids.
Completely in-the-canal (CIC) – This custom hearing aid model is molded to fit completely inside your ear canal. The outer faceplate of the shell is barely visible in the ear canal. The CIC is a very discreet option that can fit a mild to moderate hearing loss.
Invisible in-the-canal (IIC) – The newest in custom hearing aid styles is a micro device that fits deep into the ear canal completely hidden from view.
Hearing Aid Brands
Galco Hearing Aid Service works with the most innovative hearing aid manufacturers in the world. As an independent provider, Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist, Mark Busscher will recommend the best hearing aid solution for your individual hearing loss while being mindful of your budgetary concerns and lifestyle demands. Galco Hearing Aid Service works with the following hearing aid brands: ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Signia, Starkey and Widex.