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CONGRATULATIONS! HEAR FOR LIFE AUDIOLOGY...VOTED AMONG BEST OF NORTH KITSAP'S AUDIOLOGISTS. THANK YOU TO OUR PATIENTS AND THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE! 

Hear For Life Audiology is a privately owned practice in Kitsap County, with a satellite office in Jefferson County. Since we are not a franchise, we have access to many hearing device manufacturers and have vast opportunities in selecting from a variety of quality products. We offer amplification options from entry level to premium technology, with a broad range of pricing available. We prefer to provide products from the leading six manufacturers in the industry, and yet we have access to many other companies in which you may have interest.

Our goal is to provide the best service you can obtain in our community with the best value of technology. We are interested in your goals and lifestyle so that we may assist you in making prudent decisions that meet your needs with the appropriate hearing devices that will provide successful results. Therefore, each patient we see is provided with individualized professional care that suits each person and their specific situation. We are diligent about follow-up care and provide ongoing counsel and services for maintenance, supplies and repairs that keep hearing devices in superior condition and performance.

Hearing devices are available in more styles and sizes than ever before; thanks to miniaturization of electronics and a new focus in the hearing industry on style and design. Now, more and more people can wear tiny, discreet models. On the other hand, others, baby boomers in particular, have shown interest in what we call "fun styles" that are colorful,  sleek and stylish.

Of course, the first step in aural rehabilitation begins with a comprehensive hearing evaluation. If you are a candidate for amplification, the second step is a consultation to discuss appropriate technology recommendations with consideration of your personal goals as well. The third step is arriving at a decision regarding choice of technology. The fourth step is fitting of the hearing devices. We assure that you will have ample follow-up care to ensure your success. Extensive counseling regarding communication strategies is also available so that you and your family have additional tools to optimize your communication and quality of life!

NEW TECHNOLOGY UPDATES:

Unitron recently released their new Pro Series which includes miniturized receiver-in-the-canal technology. Moxi Pro and Quntum Pro 20, 12 and 6 hearing devices are extraordinarily discreet without sacrificing features that will work best for your hearing loss. Enjoy this cutting-edge technology that will keep you connected to the people and places that matter most in your life, in a style that feels just right. Our reviews from patients fit with this product line report exceptional clarity of hearing, even when distracting background noise is high. It’s all thanks to SmartFocus that puts the spotlight on speech in noisy listening environments. It illuminates speech from in front, while the sounds you don’t want to hear fade into the background. The easy Smart Control remote is optional and provides quick adjustments and ease of use. This product line provides uncomplicated access to the wireless technology that is built into many devices: cell phones, wireless TV listening, MP3 players, iPAD, iPOD, and any bluetooth enabled technologies and FM systems. We have seen many patients enjoy much success with this product. We are happy to discuss your questions regarding this very capable product line.

Phonak is now water resistant! Available in behind-the-ear and reciever-in-the-canal styles and in an array of stylish colors. Both styles are moisture and dirt-protected to ensure long hours of trouble-free hearing delight, in fact, these new styles can be submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes! This line leads the industry in miniaturization and performance, not to mention robustness and convenience. As always, Phonak hearing devices are compatible with wireless accessories, multimedia entertainment, TV, telephone, MP3 players, GPS and computers, making for effortless hearing. Plus, the superior levels of technology, Ambra MH20 and Naida S IX CRT, have DuoPhone, which lets you hear a voice on the phone in both ears as soon as you hold the handset to your ear. Speech clarity is impressive and background noise is reduced. Enjoy the most delightful hearing, everywhere, every single day, with Ambr MH20 or Naida S IX CRT. Recieve fuller speech understanding, comfort and clarity in background noise, understanding on the phone, and enjoy thier exceptional ability to adapt to changing listening environments. We are excited to offer Phonak’s MH20 and Naida S CRT! 

If you are looking for quality technology at an economic pricepoint, ask us about Phonak's recently released Essential line. Now there is no need to give up SoundRecover, an essential feature for speech clarity. Very attractively priced, indeed!

Starkey has introduced the Surflink Mobile, their first bluetooth accessory to connect wirelessly to cell phones, iPads, computers, MP3 players, and multimedia entertainment, as well as become a wireless transmitter in a busy resturant or during an important meeting. Starkey has set a new level of excellence with the Surflink Mobile; The first wireless accessory that does not need to be worn on the body. Hearing truely is seemless.  

Watch for new updates from other manufactures!

 

SUMMARY OF HEARING DEVICE STYLES:

A wide range of technology and a host of features are available in each hearing aid style. The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the number of features the instrument has and not necessarily on the style selected. Today's digital hearing aids are typically offered in various levels such as basic or entry-level to advanced or premium-level. Within each level, different technology and features are available.

Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aid responds automatically to changes in the listener's environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of the technology increases in hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.

When selecting a style the following is considered:

  • The degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity & visual abilities
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations

Styles of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today's hearing aids are considered sleek, compact, and innovative - offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.

In-the-Ear Styles

Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.

IIC

Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

The smallest custom style, IIC instruments sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.

CIC

Completely in the Canal (CIC)

The smallest custom style, CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal as they’re nearly invisible when worn.

ITC

In the Canal (ITC)

ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.

Full Shell or ITE

Full Shell or In the Ear (ITE)

Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles, and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear Styles

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.

Mini BTE

Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear, and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild to moderate high frequency losses.

Receiver in the ear (RITE)

Receiver in Canal (RIC)

RITE models, also known as RIC (receiver-in-canal) models, are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.

BTE

BTE with Earmold

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features such as a program button and volume control. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.