Hearing Aids

The path to better hearing.

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Hearing Aids

The path to better hearing.

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Is it Time to Get Hearing Aids?

If you’re reading this post, you already suspect you might need hearing aids.  If you answer yes to two or more questions below, it’s probably time to give us a call.

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Others complain that the TV is too loud.

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Your significant other and you argue over what you heard.

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You use the phrases, “excuse me”, “can you repeat that”, or “what did you say” several times a day.

You plan your nights out based on how loud it might be at your destination.

New experiences that you would’ve jumped at 5 years ago no longer hold the same appeal.

We are the only Lyric Hearing Aid provider in the Lake Norman area!

Birkdale Audiology is the only Lyric provider in the Lake Norman area. Lyric is the world’s only 100% invisible hearing aid that delivers clear, natural sound that you can wear around the clock for months at a time without taking it out through daily activities, such as exercising or even showering. Placed in your ear canal, Lyric remains completely out of sight – invisible to the world.

Oticon Hearing Aids

Our motto, People First is our promise to you: That everything we do will always begin with the people we are doing it for. We are not simply trying to help you hear more, but to live more.

Phonak Hearing Aids

Phonak continuously challenges the limits of technology to help overcome even the most difficult hearing situations. Learn more about the latest key technologies available from Phonak.

Widex Hearing Aids

Our uncompromising approach to innovation has led to such advances as the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid, as well as our own revolutionary wireless technology. 

Unitron Hearing Aids

Our design philosophy keeps our hearing instrument wearers at the center of our innovation processes, ensuring we are solving real pain points and improving the entire hearing care experience.

Resound Hearing Aids

ReSound ecosystem of hearing aids, apps, and wireless accessories let you adapt to all kinds of environments and situations ensuring you hear the sounds you want to hear. 

Starkey Hearing Aids

Helping millions of patients with never-before-seen hearing aid technologies. Starkey believes every person’s hearing loss is unique that’s why every solution they design is, too.

Signia Hearing Aids

Now you can improve your hearing a remarkable amount and preserve the sound of your voice thanks to the new Signia hearing aids with Own Voice Processing (OVP™). 

How are Hearing Aids Today different?

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities.

There are three basic parts to a hearing aid: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The basics haven’t changed for decades.  What has change significantly is how a hearing aid manipulates the sound as it enters the hearing aid and eventually sends the signal into your ear canal. Theses advances include:

  • Automatic volume adjustments
  • Automatic adaptation to background noise
  • Built in FM, Infrared and Bluetooth technology
  • Water resistant technology
  • Hearing aids look better than ever before coming in a variety of shapes, colors and styles

 

 

1. Is there a link between hearing loss and age?
There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing loss.
2. Are there different styles of hearing aids?

There are three basic styles of hearing aids. The styles differ by size, their placement on or inside the ear, and the degree to which they amplify sound.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids consist of a small device worn behind the ear and connected to a plastic earmold that fits inside the outer ear. The electronic parts are held in the case behind the ear. Sound travels from the hearing aid through the earmold and into the ear. BTE aids are used by people of all ages for mild to profound hearing loss. A new kind of BTE aid is an open-fit hearing aid.

Small, open-fit aids fit behind the ear completely, with only a narrow tube inserted into the ear canal, enabling the canal to remain open. For this reason, open-fit hearing aids may be a good choice for people who experience a buildup of earwax, since this type of aid is less likely to be damaged by such substances.

In the Ear Hearing Aids

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids fit completely inside the outer ear and are used for mild to severe hearing loss. Some ITE aids may have certain added features installed, such as a telecoil. This makes it easier to hear conversations over the telephone.

A telecoil also helps people hear in public facilities that have installed special sound systems, called induction loop systems. Induction loop systems can be found in many churches, schools, airports, and auditoriums. ITE aids usually are not worn by young children because the casings need to be replaced often as the ear grows.

Canal Hearing Aids

Canal aids fit into the ear canal and are available in two styles. The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is made to fit the size and shape of a person’s ear canal. A completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid is nearly hidden in the ear canal. Both types are used for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Because they are small, canal aids are more difficult for a person to adjust and remove. In addition, canal aids have less space available for batteries and additional devices, such as a telecoil. They usually are not recommended for young children or for people with severe to profound hearing loss because their reduced size limits their power and volume.

3. Is it possible to lose your hearing suddenly?
Approximately 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States. Hearing loss affects only 1 ear in 9 out of 10 people who experience sudden deafness. Only 10 to 15 percent of patients with sudden deafness know what caused their loss.
4. Who is the typical person suffering from tinnitus?
Of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, 12.3 percent of men and nearly 14 percent of women are affected by tinnitus. Tinnitus is identified more frequently in white individuals and the prevalence of tinnitus is almost twice as frequent in the South as in the Northeast.
5. How many adults could benefit from hearing aids?
Approximately 28.8 million adults in the United States alone could benefit from using hearing aids.

Real Ear Measurements

We perform Real Ear Measurements(REM) using Speech mapping. REM is the industry gold standard for best practices and allows the audiologist to measure and program the hearing aids to the best possible fit for you to hear speech. Based on speech mapping results, the Audiologist can fine tune the hearing aid settings to ensure speech sounds are audible to the hearing aid wearer. Matching the speech mapping target allows for the best fit hearing aid setting for the patient.

 

Assistive Devices

The terms Assistive Device (AD) or Assistive Technology (AT) can refer to any device that helps a person with hearing loss to communicate. These terms often refer to devices that help a person to hear and understand what is being said more clearly or to express thoughts more easily. With the development of digital and wireless technologies, more and more devices are becoming available to help people with hearing disorders to communicate more meaningfully and participate more fully in their daily lives.

Types of Assistive Devices

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) help to amplify the sounds you want to hear, especially where there’s a lot of background noise. ALDs can be used with a hearing aid or cochlear implant to help a wearer hear certain sounds better.

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices

These devices help people with communication disorders to express themselves. These devices can range from a simple picture board to a computer program that synthesizes speech from text.

Alerting Devices

These are devices that connect to a doorbell, telephone, or alarm that emits a loud sound or blinking light to let someone with hearing loss know that an event is taking place.

Don't Wait Any Longer. Start Your Path to Better Hearing Today!

Location

8600 Sam Furr Rd Suite 250
Huntersville, NC 28078

Contact

(704) 237-4099
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