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Hearing Aids

Most hearing aids come from six major hearing aid manufacturers, Siemens, Stareky, Widex, Oticon, Resound and Phonak. Most of the other brands are owned or use parts by those companies. We will work with you to select the best hearing aid for you from all of the leading manufacturers. We will first choose the style or size of the hearing aid that is best for you, and then we choose which hardware or “computer” to put in it.

A digital hearing aid is a computer. For a comprehensive guide to buying hearing aids you can read Dr. Jenkins article titled “Plenty of Options”, which can help you determine which will work best for you. With more than 100 digital hearing aids on the market, we make the process of deciding the best hearing aids much easier.

For a more detailed description of the hearing aids available, you can go to any of the manufacturers listed below, but remember, just because a friend has a particular hearing aid, it may not be what is best for you. Your audiologist is your best and most reliable resource for choosing your device.

Click on the following hearing aid manufacturers for more information.

Blue Tooth Hearing Aids

There’s a lot of buzz going on regarding blue tooth technology and hearing aids. Many of the hearing aid manufacturers are now incorporating technology so that their hearing aids work with blue tooth devices. This is an exciting time in the hearing aid industry, however I caution you not to order a hearing device just because it’s called a “Blue Tooth Hearing Aid”.

Please call our office regarding up-to-the-minute information on which, if any, of these devices will help you hear and communicate more easily. All the manufactures are jumping on this, and it’s hard to tell the fact from the hype.

With so many options, you may want to call or go to the “Ask Dr. Jenkins” section for specific questions for your specific needs.  Dr. Jenkins personally answers each question she receives.

Invisible Hearing Aids

Dr. Jenkins was one of the first providers in the nations of the Lyric Hearing aid by Phonak. The Lyric is implanted into your ear canal by your audiologist and lasts for up to three months. There is no battery changing and you can sleep and swim and shower with it in your ear. Contact the office for more details, or go to www.lyrichearing.com. Another unique option is the new SILK hearing aid by Signia.  It is soft and deep fitting like the Lyric, but can be taken out and put back in by the user at will.  This is a good option if the Lyric is too irritating for your ear, or you cannot make it to the audiology clinic for re-fittings on a bi-monthly basis.

There are a multitude of “almost invisible hearing aids coming onto the market now.  Each manufacturer will have its own “tiny” device.  For more information on some of the truly innovative and smaller hearing aids, go to Dr. Jenkins article titled “Mini Gems”.  Just remember, that the size of the hearing aid is not to be equated with its quality.  Always ask your audiologist which styles are best for you and why.  Then make your decision on the factors that are most important to you.