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Digital Hearing Aids

Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic, PC offers comprehensive hearing aid services. We fit conventional and digital hearing aids. We offer consultation, fitting and programming of hearing aids, repairs, earmolds, batteries, and other hearing aid supplies. We work with all styles of hearing aids including specialty hearing aids like CROS and BiCROS.

Hearing aids are used to amplify sound for an individual with hearing loss. These can be used with conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing aids are available in different sizes and styles. Hearing aid technology can be conventional (analog), programmable, or digital. The main difference between conventional hearing aids and digital hearing aids is how the hearing aid processes the sound. A conventional hearing aid picks up sound and amplifies all sound equally. This can cause the user to hear distortion on loud sounds. A digital hearing aid picks up the sound and amplifies according different frequencies.

All hearing aids come with a 30-day adjustment period. If you find the hearing aids unsatisfactory for any reason, you may return the aids in good condition within 30 days of your fitting. You will receive a refund for the amount of the hearing aids less a $160 dispensing fee per aid. Hearing aids have either a 1 year or 2 year warranty, depending on the manufacturer; during the warranty period any visits relating to the hearing aid are covered. Once outside the warranty period charges will incur for such visits.

Hearing Aid Styles

Open Fit Hearing AidOpen Fit:  These are very small behind-the-ear hearing aids. Sound travels from the device through a small tube to a small speaker that sits in the ear canal. They are best for someone with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss. They are generally for people who want a device less visible and doesn’t plug up the ear.
Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing AidBehind The Ear (BTE):  These hearing aids include a component that sits behind the ear and conducts sound into an earmold that fits in the ear canal. They are used for all types of hearing loss and all ages. These are the most visible type of hearing aids and can be the most powerful and easiest type to adjust.
Half Shell In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing AidHalf Shell In-The-Ear (ITE):  These hearing aids fill most of the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear. They are best for someone with mild to severe hearing loss. These are more visible to others and may be more likely to pick up wind noise.
Full Shell In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing AidFull Shell In-The-Ear (ITE):  These hearing aids fill up the entire outer area of the ear. These are more visible to others and may be more likely to pick up wind noise. They are best for someone with mild to severe hearing loss. These hearing aids have the widest fitting range of any In-The-Ear style hearing aid.
In the Canal (ITE) Hearing AidIn the Canal (ITC):  These hearing aids fit partially in the ear canal but not as deeply as the completely-in-the-canal hearing aids. They are best for adults with mild to severe hearing loss.
Completely In the Canal (CIC) Hearing AidCompletely in the Canal (CIC):  These aids are molded to fit completely inside your ear canal. These aids can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. These hearing aids are the least visible type of hearing aids.

Notice:  Prices are subject to change without notice.