Hearing Complications

Hearing Loss

Hearing Aids
If you’re shopping for a hearing aid, you should know that there’s a wide variety of sizes and different levels of technology from which to choose. Years ago, it was common to see people wearing large, bulky hearing aids, but times have changed. Hearing aids today are much smaller and more technologically advanced. Even if you have a severe hearing loss, a relatively small BTE (behind-the-ear) aid or sometimes an ITE (in-the-ear) aid can be worn.

Digital Technology Improves Hearing Aids
Digital technology is continually improving hearing aids, which allows for devices that have/are:

  • Digital Processing
  • Best for Speech Understanding (in various listening situations)
  • Automatically Adjusts to Sounds (often no manual volume control needed)
  • Computer Chips that Emphasize Speech Sounds (cuts down on background noise)
  • Can be Fine-Tuned through Hearing Aid Computer (at the audiology office)
  • Variety of Shapes & Sizes
  • Less Interference with Cellular Telephones

Hearing Aid Types & Accessories

  • Behind-the-Ear Aids (BTE)
    • Suitable for a wide variety of hearing losses, from mild to severe or profound loss
    • Variety of colors to blend with skin or hair
    • Uses a universal eartip or attaches to an earmold that’s custom-made to fit your ear
  • In-the-Ear Aids (ITE)
    • Full-Shell Aids (FS)
      • Largest of the ITE aids
      • Often easier to handle than smaller aids
      • More power available
      • More space for venting
      • Fits a wide range of hearing losses
    • Half-Shell Aids (HS)
      • Fits in the bottom half of the concha bowl
      • Fits a wide range of hearing losses
    • Canal Aid©
      • A little smaller in size than the HS
      • Popular size
      • Fits a wide range of hearing losses
    • Completely-in-Canal Aid (CIC)
      • Smallest of all hearing aids
      • Cosmetically appealing

Hearing Aid Care
All hearing aids, regardless of the size or technology, require basic cleaning and maintenance in order to ensure optimal performance. The “Hearing Aid Center” offers a full line of accessories for you to care for your devices, including but not limited to the following sections.

Dry & Store Conditioning
This is an electrical device that sanitizes and draws moisture from hearing aids. All you have to do is place your hearing aids inside, turn it on and let it run overnight. It can be used with all styles of hearing aids and is important for maintaining proper hearing aid function – especially if your aids are exposed to moisture and/or perspiration.

Personal Dry Aid Kits
These kits come in two different sizes and, because of their small size, are great for travel. They work by drawing moisture out of the hearing aids and are reusable. All styles and hearing aids can be placed in a Dry Aid Kit.

Batteries & Battery Tester
At the “Hearing Aid Center,” we carry all sizes of Duracell® and PowerOne® zinc air hearing aid batteries, as well as small battery cases and testers.

Wax Guards & Tools
At the Hearing Aid Center, we stock specialized wax guards for different brands of hearing aids. We also carry Ad-Hear wax guards, wax springs and wax cleaning tools.

Cleaning Spray & Lubricant
Cleaning spray can be used on the shell or outside of hearing aids to sanitize them. Hearing aid lubricant is used to ease insertion of the hearing aid into the ear canal.

Tubing Blowers
These items are used with behind-the-ear style hearing aids to remove moisture and perspiration from the tubing and earmold.

Assistive Listening Devices
Through the Hearing Aid Center, you can find a variety of Assistive Listening Devices, and our staff can help you select the best product for you.

Noise Protection

  • Electronic Amplified Earmuffs
  • Electronic Amplified Earmuffs
  • Custom-Made Amplified Earplugs
  • Musician’s Earplugs
  • Acoustic Filter Plugs

Amplified Telephone

  • When Extra Amplification is Needed
  • Large Numbers
  • Able to Change the Pitch of the Ringer

Portable Telephone Amplifier

  • Small & Lightweight
  • Can Be Used with Any Phone

Infra-Red TV Amplifier

  • Amplifies Television
  • No Cords or Wires

Personal Amplifier

  • Pocketalker Personal Listening System for TV Use or One-To-One Conversations
  • Looks Like a Small Radio with Headset & Cord

Amplified Alarm Clock

  • Loud Alarm for Those with Hearing Loss or Deep Sleepers
  • Can Also be Used with Flashing Lamp or Pillow Shaker

Amplified Stethoscope

  • For Those with Hearing Loss Who Need to Use a Stethoscope
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Our Contact Info

EN&T Associates

500 Donnally Street, Suite 200
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 340-2200

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.