Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Middletown

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

If you are in need of hearing amplification (a hearing aid), then we can provide you with a proper hearing aid. There are many manufacturers of these devices and different types of aids available. Our audiologist, Corina Metzer,  has over 20 years of experience with various models and is up to date on the current trends and new technology. Some devices are covered by insurance, so please call if you need more information.  We also have a 30 day trial period for all new aids.

Types of Hearing Aids

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Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aid
This type of aid can accommodate any hearing loss, but is primarily used for severe to profound hearing loss. This model is commonly used with children  to allow for frequent ear mold replacement from ear growth and the degree of hearing loss.

Battery size is a #13 or #675. Battery life is about 1 - 3 weeks depending upon the strength of the hearing aid, battery size, and hours worn.  The electronics are separated from the customized ear mold. The ear mold will need to be replaced in approximately 5 - 10 years for a hard material mold, or 1 - 2 years for a soft material mold (due to shrinkage).

In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing Aid
Customized, full sized shell hearing aid. This style is a very popular size because it is easily handled if dexterity or vision is poor. Compared to smaller models, less likely to have feedback (whistling) due to changes of the ear due to relaxing of the ear cartilage or weight loss.  Can accommodate mild to moderate-severe hearing loss.

Battery size is usually #13, but #312 will be substituted if the ear space is small. Battery life is about 2 - 3 weeks for #13 and 1- 2 weeks for #312. Battery life is dependent upon the size of the battery, the amount of hours worn, the circuitry within the hearing aid,  and the power of the hearing aid.



In-the-canal (ITC) Hearing Aid
Visually more cosmetic than the ITE hearing aid especially from the front view, that is, it is smaller.  The microphone is located at a more natural location near the canal opening of the ear.  This model requires good dexterity and vision to manipulate the battery, the volume control wheel, and insertion/extraction of the hearing aid from the ear canal.  May be more prone to feedback and therefore, may need closer supervision and possibly remaking of the mold during the new aid warranty period. More sensitive to physical changes of the ear due to the relaxing of ear cartilage or weight loss, or changes in hearing. Can accommodate mild to moderate hearing losses. Moderate-severe losses may be prone to feedback.

Battery size is usually #312 but #10 will be substituted if the ear space is small. Battery life is about 1 -2 weeks for #312 and 5 - 7 days for #10.  Battery life is dependent upon the size of the battery, the amount of hours worn, the circuitry within the hearing aid,  and the power of the hearing aid.



Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) Hearing Aid
Smallest hearing aid model on the market.  Superior acoustic benefit due to the receiver placement at the canal entranceway and the deep canal placement of the microphone. This model requires good dexterity and vision to manipulate the battery, and for insertion/extraction of the hearing aid from the ear canal.  Drawbacks include high maintenance due to moisture and ear wax. The body tends to crack in weak spots. This design is sensitive to physical changes of relaxing ear cartilage or weight loss which will lead to feedback.

Battery size #10 but #5 will be substituted if the ear space is small. Battery life is about 5 - 7 days for #10 and   3 - 5 days for #5. Battery life is dependent upon the size of the battery, the amount of hours the aid is worn, the circuitry within the hearing aid, and the power of the hearing aid.