Hearing Instruments And Assistive Listening Devices Improve Quality of Life
Wyoming Otolaryngology Audiology offers hearing instruments (formerly known as hearing aids) and assistive listening devices for every lifestyle and budget. We constantly review available technology to ensure we offer our patients the most up-to-date solutions. Cheryl Drost, our board certified, dispensing audiologist, will work with you to choose the solutions that best fit your unique needs.
We offer several types of hearing instruments, including the following styles: in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE). We also have Oticon products with BrainHearing™ technology available for use. The following factors are a sample of the many that will be discussed to help us determine the appropriate set of hearing instruments for you: degree of hearing loss, appropriate power, lifestyle requirements, manual dexterity, cost factors and cosmetic concerns.
Digital Hearing Instrument Technology
Hearing instruments can be 100 percent digital or a “complete computer.” Information from the listening environment is calculated and the sound is manipulated to provide comfort and clarity as well as protection from diffused and background noise.
Assistive Listening Devices
If you need help beyond hearing instruments or are not ready to use them fulltime, we also offer a variety of assistive listening devices (ALDs) you may try in the office.
Your hearing loss may have limited your connection to people, information, and entertainment, but with today’s Bluetooth connectivity, those days are in the past. Bluetooth is a wireless connection to accessories. It offers a solution that is more complete and makes television and cell and landline phones easy to use with the push of a button. A better connection to the world around you provides a sense of independence and empowerment.
A loop system, or hearing augmentation system, makes hearing instruments twice as valuable. Hearing loop systems use an induction wire that is placed around a room and connected to a sound source, such as a television. Hearing instruments that have a T-coil (telephone/telecoil) setting deliver dramatically enhanced sound quality with the single push of a button.
TV ears are wireless headphones that allow television viewing without increasing the volume. Working with a base set attached to a television, TV ears deliver high quality sound directly to the ears while reducing other noise in the room. They can be adjusted to different types of listening environments.