Hearing Aids at Hearing Center South

As an independent hearing aid practice, we're able to offer hearing aids from almost all major manufacturers: EarQ, Oticon, Resound, Starkey, Signia, Widex, and Phonak. That means that we make a decision based on your preferences and your needs instead of being restricted to a particular brand. There are many factors that go into determining which hearing aid would be right for you, and it's very much dependent on individual need. Our recommendations are based in decades of experience, but if you want a specific kind of hearing aid, we'll listen to you. We never push you into making a decision. Whether you choose our suggestion or not, all hearing aids come with a 30-45 day trial period, so you'll have a chance to judge for yourself whether your hearing aids are working for you.

Right now, our favorite brands are Phonak and Signia. These two brands are well established and have proven themselves over the years in the areas of sound quality, reliability, and customer service. We work often with ReSound because many third parties prefer that brand. Lately, we've also been impressed with what we've seen coming out of Widex. All of the major manufacturers produce high-quality instruments.

Hearing aid styles

Signia Xperience Hearing Aids

Signia Xperience

NEW Pure® 312 X The most discreet personalized hearing with direct streaming and optional T-Coil. The revolutionary Pure 312X hearing aids from Signia are a real game-changer because they understand each and every acoustic situation.

Everything sounds natural because you hear it at the correct volume, and you recognize from which direction each sound is coming. Just as intended.

Now you can cook dinner and hear your loved ones behind you, enjoying the conversation even with all the sounds of the kitchen around you. You can go walking with friends in the park and hear them from any direction while also enjoying the sounds of the birds singing in the trees.

NEW Pure® Charge&Go X – The ultimate Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aid thanks to Li-ion rechargeability and full connectivity.

Signia Charge&Go X

Motion is part of your daily life and you carry conversations with you as you go. With the revolutionary Pure Charge&Go X hearing aids from Signia, you can move to your heart's content and hear everything and everyone important to you in crystal-clear sound quality. Wherever you go.

Thanks to their game-changing acoustic-motion sensor technology, Pure Charge&Go X hearing aids understand your personal hearing enviorment in greater detail than ever to deliver sound precisely tailored to you.

Hearing Aid Styles

No one hearing aid style is better than the rest, and they're all comparable in price, so the real determining factor is what you prefer. If you have more severe hearing loss, you may not have as much success with some models as you would with others. If you're a very active person, we need to take that into consideration, too. Each patient is different, and each patient needs an individual solution for their hearing loss. We carry all hearing aid styles:

Completely-in-the-canal hearing aid

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC):
Nearly invisible, inserted deep in the ear canal (although not quite as far as the IIC). Somewhat easier to remove. For mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-canal hearing aid

In-the-canal (ITC):
Custom-fit to the ear canal. Subtle, though not as small as IIC or CIC. A more discreet option for those with mildly severe hearing loss.

In-the-ear hearing aid

In-the-ear (ITE):
Custom-fit to the outer ear. Still a subtle, low-profile design, but suitable for those with severe hearing loss. Larger size means larger, more long-lasting batteries.

Behind-the-ear hearing aid

Behind-the-ear (BTE):
Sound is directed into an earbud or ear mold inside the ear canal, connected by a clear plastic acoustical tube to the battery and technology concealed in a case behind your ear. Similar to the RIC, but suited for moderate to severe hearing loss.

Invisible-in-canal hearing aid

Invisible-in-canal (IIC):
Inserted deep in the ears and almost completely invisible. For people who want their hearing aids to be as discreet as possible. Requires dexterity to insert and remove every day. For mild to moderate hearing loss.

Receiver-in-canal hearing aid

Receiver-in-canal (RIC):
The receiver/speaker is positioned deep inside the ear canal, connected by a wire to the battery and technology concealed in a case behind your ear. A very popular choice among those with mild to moderate hearing loss due to quality of sound and comfortable, open fit.

Purchasing Hearing Aids

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If you decide to purchase hearing aids from us, we'll either make a custom order (either because you want a specific color or need a custom in-the-ear model) or fit you right away if we have the hearing aids in stock. Follow-up visits are included in the cost of hearing aids because we want to encourage you to come in if you need any changes made.

You also have a 30-45 day trial period, and if you still don't like your hearing aids by the end of that time, please bring them back for a refund and we can try to find something else. Your hearing aids won't help you if you don't wear them, and we'll do everything we can to make sure they're comfortable and you are happy with the way you hear with them. We'll know we've done our job when you're excited about what a difference your hearing aids are making for you. We're determined to work with you to get there.

Battery Replacements

Oticon's rechargeable hearing aids at Hearing Center South

The life of your hearing aid batteries will depend on the size of your hearing aids (larger batteries last longer), the severity of your hearing loss (more severe hearing loss requires more power to correct), and how many hours a day you wear your hearing aids. On average, hearing aids need to be replaced once a week. Most modern hearing aids give a warning when the battery is running low so you know it's time for a new battery.

One of the most significant new technologies has been rechargeable hearing aids. If you have challenges with dexterity and may not be comfortable changing the batteries in your hearing aid, we recommend considering rechargeable hearing aids.

Caring for Hearing Aids

When we fit you for hearing aids, we'll also explain to you how to take care of them. Regular maintenance is necessary to make sure your hearing aids continue working well for years to come, and we'll train you or somebody you live with who can help. Depending on your ears, you may need to clean off your hearing aids every day, or you may only need to do so every few days. There are devices to help with cleaning. The most important thing is to keep them as dry as possible. Never immerse them in water, and try to keep them out of humid places, especially overnight. When you aren't wearing them, make sure they're high enough that a dog or cat can't get to them and chew on them.

We'll ask you to come in at least twice during your trial period so we can make sure everything is in good shape. After that, depending on your ears, we may ask you to come in anywhere between every 3 months to every 6 months.

What Different Technology Levels Mean

Signia OwnVoice technology graphic

The cost of hearing aids is based not on the style but on the level of technology you choose. What that means is that some hearing aids have simpler technology and some are more sophisticated. More advanced hearing aids have improved noise reduction, programmable microphone options, and even Bluetooth capability.

As one example on the higher end of technology, Signia offers OwnVoice, which is a big step up because it changes how your voice sounds to you when you speak or sing. This is one area that has been challenging in the past, and we're so glad to have alternatives. But even simple technology in the modern era includes some degree of noise reduction. We're long past the time of simply turning the volume up.

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