Hearing Aids

DR GEORGE offers the latest world-class technology with an exciting choice of affordable Hearing Aids customised for you.

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DR GEORGE Hearing Centers are providing a full range of services to both adults and children of all ages in Cyprus. We offer the latest digital technology with a wide range of brands, models and styles of hearing devices.

CAUTION: When searching for the right hearing aid only use a professionally certified, competent and caring Audiologist. Remember to ask for qualifications and expertise prior to engaging an Audiologist.

Dr George Panayiotou is a Clinical Audiologist with years of experience in state-of-the-art hearing aid technology.  We are here to help you make the most appropriate choice of hearing aid taking into account your individual hearing loss, lifestyle factors and personal preferences.

INTRODUCTION

In most cases, nerve deafness and high frequency hearing loss can be corrected with appropriate hearing aids. Today over 95% of people with hearing loss can successfully wear hearing aids to bring you beautiful sound. After a complete audiological evaluation, your Audiologist will take into consideration your lifestyle and personal goals, guiding you to the most suitable technology choice and hearing aid style.

HEARING AID STYLES

Hearing aids are available in a wide variety of styles and in a range of sound processing technologies. Selecting a style that is right for you depends on a number of factors, including:

  The severity and configuration of your hearing loss

  The size and shape of your ear

  Your personal preferences

  How well you can use your finger and hands (manual dexterity)

  Selecting the correct new hearing aid technology 

BEHIND-THE-EAR STYLE

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are the most recognised hearing aid devices. They are housed in a curved case that fits over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A custom ear mould is made to the exact shape of your ear. Sounds are captured by a tiny microphone on the hearing aid that are processed and then transmitted from the device to your ear through a tube that connects the device to the ear mould, which fits in the ear canal. This device is appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss and for individuals of all ages. They can be worn easily, even by people who wear glasses, and today they are smaller, more discreet and stylish than ever before. 

OPEN FIT STYLE

Open fit ear hearing aids (OF) are housed in a miniature case that fits over or behind the ear. The casing is noticeably smaller and the tubing is much thinner than BTE devices. A small tip or dome at the end of the tube is used instead of a traditional ear mould (in most cases). This leaves the ear “open” and reduces problems with occlusion (stuffy or barrel feeling) leading to more natural-sounding amplification.

There are two style of OF hearing aids:

  TUBE-FITTING OF: this uses very small diameter tubing connected to a tiny dome in the ear canal. The microphone, amplifier/speech processor, and receiver are housed in the hearing aid itself and the sound is delivered into the ear canal via the thin tubing/dome assembly.
 

  RECEIVER IN THE CANAL (RIC):  this looks almost identical to the OF style except that the speaker is separated from the hearing aid by running a thin wire from the hearing aid down through the thin tubing and connecting it to a small receiver that fits into the ear canal. The main advantage of this style is that because receivers of different power levels can be used, a greater range of levels of hearing loss can be treated successfully.

IN-THE-EAR STYLE

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom designed and fit directly into your ear, filling most of the visible portion of your ear. All of the components are housed within a single plastic shell. Due to their size it is possible to incorporate larger sound amplifiers and useful features such as a program switch, directional microphones and volume control. An advantage is that they have no external wires or tubes, and are very light in weight. When properly made, they fit comfortably and securely in the ear. ITE hearing aids can successfully treat a wide range of hearing losses.

IN-THE-CANAL STYLE

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are custom designed, smaller in size, and fit further down into the ear canal. They are less visible than ITE devices but because they are smaller they cannot accommodate a wide variety of features and are therefore generally only suitable to treat mild to moderate hearing loss.  All the components are housed within a single plastic shell.
 

COMPLETELY-IN-THE-CANAL STYLE

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are custom designed and fit the furthest down into the ear canal making them almost invisible. Any problems of wind noise and feedback on the telephone are reduced. CIC devices are most successful in people with ear canals large enough to accommodate them. This style is suitable to treat mild to moderate hearing loss, although some manufacturers have power CICs to treat more severe losses.

SUMMARY

Each style of hearing aid has its benefits. Make sure you get proper professional advice by contacting DR GEORGE Hearing Centers - to make an appointment click here to send an email, or phone us on 77 77 65 00 and talk to our Customer Service about your needs.

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