Hearing Aids A Portion of every hearing aid sold helps support a child's speech therapy
COVID-19 As of 4-6-2020 The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused many changes in how Hedges Speech & Hearing provides services. Hedges has taken many added precautions in accordance with the CDC, governmental entities and our professional organizations to help minimize the spread of this virus. Hedges is open and closely monitoring the evolving situation. _________________ For our hearing aid patients, Hedges is offering curbside service for hearing aids needing repairs. We encourage our patients to call ahead to arrange hearing aid drop-off from the safety of their cars. If one of our hearing aid patients is in a local retirement centers, and their hearing aids require attention, we have arranged to pick up the aids at the establishment, repair and return their hearing aids to their door. While we wish we could offer this service to all patients, we are only able to service those who are Hedges patients. This is due in fact to other providers who have made proprietary access to their hearing aids available to a limited number of hearing providers. _____________________________________________________________
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) Where worn: Fits in ear canal (custom made, mostly concealed). Who for: Mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Not usually for children (case must be replaced as ear grows). Advantage: Smallest size (least visible). Disadvantage: Small size can be difficult to handle; Small batteries are changed more often; Can be damaged by earwax and ear drainage.
In-the-Canal (ITC) Where worn: Fits in ear canal (custom made). Who for: Mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Advantage: Smaller size (barely visible), custom made. Disadvantage: Small size can be difficult to handle; Cannot be used with some accessories; Can be damaged by earwax and ear drainage.
In-the-Ear (ITE) Where worn: Fits completely in the outer ear (custom made). Who for: Mild-to-severe hearing loss, not usually for children (case must be replaced as ear grows). Advantage: Small size, can be used with add-on accessories, custom fit. Disadvantage: Small size can be difficult to handle, may be damaged by earwax and ear drainage.
Receiver In-The-Canal (RIC) Where worn: Who for: Advantage: Disadvantage:
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Where worn: Case behind the ear with a tube to a custom earmold placed into the outer ear. Who for: Mild-to-profound hearing loss; Can be used by all ages including infants/children. Advantage: Durable; Larger size easier to handle and maintain; Separate earmold can be easily replaced; Easy to use with assistive listening devices. Disadvantage: Larger size (highly visible); high gain may cause feedback.
CROS (or BICROS) Where worn: Can be worn in the ear or behind the ear. Who: People with no useable hearing in one ear and normal or near normal hearing in the other ear (or hearing loss for BICROS) Advantage: Transfers sound received on the deaf ear side to the other hearing ear. Disadvantage: Requires two units, transmitter and receiver. In some cases requires custom earmold in the better ear resulting in plugged feeling/occlusion. Some people report poor sound quality if hearing in better ear is normal.
Aids are available in many different colors
Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing • 2615 E Randolph • Enid, OK • 580-234-3734