At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Hearing Aid Center, we offer various types of hearing aids, including some of the newest technology available. Our highly trained Audiologists can help you decide which type is best for you.
Types of Hearing Aids
Each type of hearing aid offers different advantages, depending on its design, levels of amplification and size.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids – These are worn behind the ear and are connected to a plastic ear mold that fits inside the outer ear. The components are held in a case behind the ear. Sound travels through the ear mold into the ear. Today’s BTEs are also much smaller than in the past and in many cases can be concealed by the ear and/or the hairline.
- Open-fit hearing aids – These are worn behind the ear and are connected to a wire receiver that fits into the ear canal. The sound is processed in the behind-the-ear portion. A small dome or mold is attached to the receiver.
- In-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), and completely-in-canal (CIC). These are worn in the ear rather than behind the ear but they may also be less effective for people with severe hearing loss. Your Audiologist will help you decide if an in-ear solution will adequately correct your hearing problem.
Innovative Offerings at Lahey
Innovative offerings in the Lahey Hearing Aid Center in Burlington include:
- Lyric, the first completely invisible extended-wear hearing solution. Once placed inside the ear canal, it can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time – even when showering and sleeping. Lahey is among the few hearing aid centers in the greater Boston area to offer Lyric.
- Esteem implantable hearing aid, a fully implanted hearing device specifically engineered to help improve the hearing of adults diagnosed with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss
- Hybrid electro-acoustic hearing systems, allow people with high-frequency hearing loss to hear high-frequency sounds, which are important for understanding speech and for successful communication
Hearing Aid Accessories
Bluetooth technology is available in most hearing aids. Bluetooth connectivity allows for the hearing aids to sync with cell phones, television, MP3 players, landline phones and any other Bluetooth enabled electronic device. This can make all the difference in being able to use and enjoy your technology devices to their fullest.
We also offer FM systems, which can be useful for one-on-one conversations at home, in the car or if there is background noise. Some people also use an FM system for better speech clarity while watching television, communicating on the telephone, or listening to a MP3 player and other audio devices.