Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids in Columbia & Lexington, SC

Hearing loss is the third most common physical ailment, just behind arthritis and heart disease. Nearly 20 percent of all Americans over the age of 12 have hearing loss that is so severe that it affects their communication skills. If you are finding it difficult to communicate with those around you because you’re unable to hear them, don’t miss out on important conversations any longer. We offer a variety of hearing aids to fit any patient’s needs, lifestyles and budgets.

About Hearing Aids

One important factor to keep in mind is that while hearing aids can certainly help patients hear certain sounds again, a hearing aid won’t cure hearing loss. The main goal of a hearing aid is to amplify sounds to make it easier to hear what others around you are saying. By wearing a hearing aid over time you can improve your awareness of certain sounds and their sources. Hearing aids can also be used in both quiet and loud environments.

Choosing a Hearing Aid

Hearing aids come in a variety of different styles and contain many features. What features your hearing aid comes with will most likely increase the price of the item. When you begin pricing out hearing aids and shopping around you need to consider more than just the price of the hearing aid itself. Also keep in mind the cost of the warranty, any upgrades you may want to consider in the future, as well as maintenance and repair costs.

Another more obvious factor to consider is the severity and type of hearing loss you have, as this will dictate which hearing aid styles will work best for you. If you suffer from hearing loss in both ears you may want to consider getting two hearing aids.

There are several different styles of hearing aids available:

  • Hearing Aids in Columbia & LexingtonBehind-the-ear: a hearing aid held within a case that sits behind the ear.
  • In-the-ear: a hearing aid held within a case that covers the outer portion of the ear.
  • In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal so it’s less visible.
  • Receiver-in-canal: Similar to the behind-the-ear aids, the aid speaker sits inside the ear canal and an electrical wire is used to reduce distortion.
  • Extended wear: These aids are placed inside the ear canal and worn for months on end without being removed. They are ideal for active individuals.
  • Middle ear implant: This system is implanted behind the eardrum and if often ideal for patients who can’t use hearing aids or aren’t happy with other hearing aid styles.

How to Decide

Most people will benefit from some type of hearing aid. As helpful as hearing aids may be, they have limitations. When deciding what type of hearing aid may best meet your needs, please consider the following:

  • Lifestyle and activity level    
  • Dexterity or other possible limiting medical conditions    
  • Size and shape of ear and canal    
  • Cosmetic preferences    
  • Financial considerations

We work with several manufacturing companies including Phonak, Oticon, Widex, and GN Resound. They have many products in a wide range of technology levels as outlined below.

Types of Hearing Aids

CENTA is pleased to offer our patients a variety of choices when it comes to hearing aids. We carry the following brands. Learn more about each by clicking on them below:

Technology

Premier Level Digital

  • Amplification customized for user's type of hearing loss   
  • May provide improved speech understanding in quiet and many noisy environments    
  • Enhanced feedback management system    
  • Enhanced noise and occlusion management    
  • Adaptive, multi-frequency directional microphone technology    
  • Automatic volume adjustment depending on listening environment    
  • Automatic program switching on some models    
  • Up to 20 independent channels offer maximum flexibility for most types and degrees of hearing loss    
  • Multiple programs offer significant background noise management and high fidelity listening in challenging environments    
  • Superior sound quality    
  • Optional volume control    
  • Optional automatic telephone program available on many models    
  • Blue Tooth compatibility on select models

High Level Digital

  • Amplification customized for user's type of hearing loss
  • May provide improved speech understanding in quiet and many noisy environments
  • Enhanced feedback management system
  • Adaptive directional microphone technology
  • Automatic volume adjustment depending on listening environment
  • Automatic program switching on some models
  • Up to 20 independent channels offer maximum flexibility for most types and degrees of hearing loss
  • Multiple programs offer significant background noise management and high fidelity listening in challenging environments
  • Superior sound quality
  • Optional volume control
  • Optional automatic telephone program available on many models

Mid Level Digital

  • Amplification customized for the user's type of hearing loss    
  • May provide improved speech understanding in quiet and some noisy environments    
  • Basic feedback management system    
  • Very good sound quality    
  • Automatically adjusts volume depending on listening environment    
  • Four or six independently-adjustable frequency channels, depending upon manufacturer    
  • Suitable for many types of hearing loss    
  • Manual volume control available, but not required

Entry Level Digital

  • Amplification more specific for the user's type of hearing loss    
  • May provide improved speech understanding in quiet and some noisy environments    
  • Basic feedback management    
  • Very good sound quality    
  • Automatically adjusts volume depending on listening environment    
  • Four or six independently-adjustable frequency channels, depending upon manufacturer    
  • Suitable for many types of hearing loss    
  • Manual volume control available, but not required

Basic Level Programmable Analog and conventional Analog

Most manufacturers have discontinued analog and analog-programmable instruments in favor of 100% digital designs.

CENTA Hearing Center offers digital hearing aids from Phonak, Starkey, Oticon and Widex. Features and options vary slightly among manufacturers. Your audiologist will help you choose the right product for your needs.

If you want to hear more clearly, then it’s time to find out more about the hearing aids we offer and what they could do for your hearing. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

For more information on Hearing Aids in Columbia & Lexington, SC
call CENTA Medical Group at (803) 256-2483!