Hearing Aids

Hearing aids come in various sizes and technologies. The decision on which hearing aid is best will be made from in-depth discussions between you and your audiologist at Richmond Hearing Doctors. We take into account the lifestyle needs of the individual, the degree of the hearing loss, and the size of the ear.

Digital Hearing AidsWidex-Beyond-RIC

Today’s daily wear hearing aids are 100% digital meaning they have tiny computer chips in them. This allows for very fast analyzing of the incoming signal to allow for clean, clear representation of the speech signal and management of anything other than speech (i.e. noise).

Most of these hearing aids have controls for feedback (whistling), noise reduction, directional amplification, and/or wireless connectivity. These features will be discussed in conjunction with your individual lifestyle needs.

Hearing aids comeOticon RIC and Custom in various sizes and technologies. The decision on which hearing aid is best will be made from in-depth discussions between you and your audiologist at Richmond Hearing Doctors. We take into account the lifestyle needs of the individual, the degree of the hearing loss, and the size of the ear.

Hearing Aid StylesPhonak RIC Rechargeable

  • RIC BTEs – These are today’s most common style of hearing aid. It sits snugly and discreetly behind the ear with a thin tube sliding into the ear canal. Many hearing losses and most ear canals can accommodate these hearing aids. Other names for this style include RITE (Receiver-In-The-Ear), RIC (Receiver-In-the-Canal), thin-tube BTEs, or Open Fit aids.
  • Standard BTEs – BTE styles are available for all degrees of hStarkey BTEearing loss and are worn comfortably Behind-The-Ear. A small tube runs from the hearing aid into an earmold worn in the ear. All hearing losses can be fit with standard BTEs.
  • Power BTEs – These hearing aids are for individuals with very severe hearing losses. They sit behind the ear and need an earmold and tubing to send the sound into the ear canal. However, even these styles are smaller than they used to be and there are many options available today.Resound Custom
  • Custom ITEs – In-The-Ear hearing aids are made specifically to fit the shape of the ear canal and all the components sit inside one piece with nothing sitting behind the ear. There are various versions of custom ITEs, with the tiniest sitting in the ear canal and virtually invisible, called the Invisible-In-Canal (IIC). Most hearing aids are able to be accommodated with one of these versions.

Lyric® Hearing Aids

We are a Premier Provider of the Lyric Extended Wear Hearing Aids.

After an appropriate hearing evaluation and measurement of the ear canal, these devices are inserted by our Audiologists and stay in the ear 1-4 months. Lyrics are worn 24/7 in the shower, sleeping, exercising, in the pool and do not need to be cleaned or have batteries changed. There is a magnetic tool which is used to adjust the volume or turn the aids on and off by the patient.

Lyric Hearing Aid

Lyric hearing aids have been excellent for parents of young children, people with arthritis, doctors and nurses who need to use stethoscopes and many others who have been concerned about cosmetics or maintenance of traditional hearing aids without giving up sound quality and performance. Richmond Hearing Doctors offers a 30-day FREE trial with Lyric – just mention Lyric when you call for your appointment!

More information about Lyric Hearing Aids.

iPhone Compatible Hearing Aidsiphone Compatible Hearing Aids

There are many hearing aids now available that can pair with your iPhone and use an App to control some of the settings in the hearing aids. This also means that the phone calls can go directly through the hearing aids making the calls binaural (in both ears) and much clearer for the listener. Some, but not all, of these features are also available for Android devices.