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A Variety of Hearing Aids for Midland, Michigan Residents

For hearing aids, Midland, Michigan residents can count on Bay Area Hearing. We don’t believe that one size ever fits all, which is why we offer a wide range of styles and options.

Quality of life can improve significantly with hearing aids, so Bay County, MI patients should consider the following factors when selecting a style:

  • The degree of hearing loss and power requirement.
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities.
  • Budget.
  • Cosmetic requirements and skin sensitivities.

Patients should consider either the in-the-ear style or the behind-the-ear style.

In-the-Ear Styles:

  • Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) The smallest custom hearing aid on the market, It sits inside the ear canal to take advantage of the way your body naturally hears.
  • Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) - These small devices sit inside the canal. They’re great for those with cosmetic concerns and mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • In-the-Canal (ITC) – Slightly larger than the CIC, they sit in the lower portion of the outer ear. They offer a longer battery life and more options for mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • Half-Shell – It fills half the bowl of the outer ear. It’s ideal for those with potential dexterity concerns looking for a small device.
  • Full Shell or In-the-Ear (ITE) – The largest custom hearing aid, it fills the entire bowl of the outer ear. It has the maximum number of controls and features for mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Styles:

  • Mini-BTE with slim tubes – This “open fit” hearing aid helps those with cosmetic concerns. It sits behind the ear and transmits sound via a thin, plastic tube, which still leaves the canal unobstructed.
  • Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE) – Also known as Receiver-in-Canal, it sits inside the ear canal. It looks similar to the mini-BTE, and is best for those with a high degree of hearing loss who prefer the “open” fitting.
  • BTE with custom earmold - Contoured to sit behind the ear, it offers greater features, options, and control than other models.

Bay Area Hearing offers an array of hearing aid technology to our patients. Some available technologies include:

  • Directional Microphones. Giving preference to sounds in front while reducing sounds from behind to improve speech understanding.
  • Noise reduction. If the signal detects background noise, it reduces the level in the ear of the wearer.
  • Feedback Management. This option reduces or eliminates the annoying whistling that sometimes occurs.
  • Wind Noise Reduction. This feature reduces the sound of wind across the device’s microphone.
  • Data Logging/Learning. This ability is of the hearing aid to track and learn the wearer’s preferences in various listening environments.
  • Telecoil/Auto-telecoil. This technology can pick up the signal from a compatible telephone and allows the wearer to listen without whistling.
  • Bluetooth Interface. Bluetooth technology allows for a wireless connection between the hearing aid and the Bluetooth device.

At Bay Area Hearing, we offer hearing aids Midland, Michigan wearers can try out for 30 days without paying a restocking fee upon return. Call to find out which device is right for you.