A hearing aid may help you recover some of your hearing if you have experienced hearing loss. Hearing aids carry sounds from your environment into your ear to make them louder. Most modern hearing aids are digital and are powered by a hearing aid battery. Many are very small and discreet.
There are several types of hearing aids available today, including:
- Behind the ear (BTE): hooks over the top of the ear, resting behind the ear
- Cochlear implant (CI): surgically implanted device for severe hearing loss
- Completely in the canal (CIC): smallest type of hearing aid is molded to fit inside your ear canal
- In the canal (ITC): partially in the ear canal
- In the ear (ITE): may fill the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear (full shell) or may fill only the lower part of the outer ear (half shell)
- Open fit: fits behind the ear and captures sound via a thin tube
- Receiver in canal or receiver in ear: fits behind the ear and captures sound via a tiny wire
Who is a Candidate?
If you have experienced any degree of hearing loss – from mild to severe – that has impacted your life, you should consider a hearing aid. The wide variety of models makes it easy to find the right hearing aid for your degree and type of hearing loss.
What to Expect
You will work with your ear, nose, and throat specialist to determine which type of hearing aid will work best for you. You will order your hearing aid and then return to the clinic at a later date to be fitted for it. Expect an adjustment period, during which you will get used to hearing with the aid.
Why Choose UHealth?
The Department of Otolaryngology ranks No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the department’s dedication to excellence in research, patient care and outcomes. The experts in the UHealth Ear Institute provide comprehensive and innovative care of ear, hearing, and balance disorders. This includes the Children’s Hearing Program and the hereditary deafness clinical and research group, where more than 15 percent of the known genetic hearing loss mutations have been discovered.
Dedicated hearing aid program. The Hearing Aid Center, run by audiology experts at the University of Miami Ear Institute, offers hearing aid evaluations for individuals of all ages and hearing aid selection, management, and treatment options while offering customized products to meet individuals’ needs. In addition to housing the largest hearing aid dispensary in Southeast Florida, the Center is also nationally recognized for their hearing research.
World-class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.
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