Hearing Aid Technology



Treasure State Hearing offers a full line of digital hearing aid technology. Custom hearing aids are precision fit to the wearer by forming a mold of their ear canal. Custom hearing aids come in various shapes and sizes but completely-in-canal (CIC) is the most popular model. Open-fit hearing devices sit discreetly behind the ear and provide exceptional sound and ultimate comfort. Receiver-in-canal (RIC) models utilize a speaker situated in the ear canal while the rest of the instrument rests behind the ear. RIC models deliver superior sound quality due to the proximity of the speaker to the eardrum while still providing exceptional comfort. Technological advances in hearing aids (i.e. Bluetooth Integration) now allow communication with other forms of media, thus allowing you to hear telephones, television, and mp3 players, wirelessly! Also, many models can be controlled by a remote or if you prefer they adjust automatically.

CIC

CIC

Open-Fit

Open-Fit

Receiver-in-Canal

Receiver-in-Canal

Assistive Devices

Treasure State Hearing provides a complete line of assistive listening devices for patients that require more than the traditional approach. These include, FM systems, amplified telephones, TV listening systems, alerting devices, personal amplifiers, etc.

Other Applications

Treasure State Hearing also fits custom earpieces for hearing aids, hearing protection, mp3/music player headphones, musician's plugs, communication, law enforcement, aviation, etc. If you have a specific need for an earpiece, but the standard equipment never seems to fit, Treasure State Hearing has a solution for you!

How Do Hearing Aids Work?

The majority of hearing aid manufacturing at this time is directed toward the development of digital hearing aid technology but analog hearing aids do still exist. Digital hearing aids consist of the following components: shell/housing, microphone(s), central processing unit (CPU) or digital signal processing chip (DSP), amplifier, and receiver/speaker. In a nutshell, hearing aids are designed to receive sound energy from the environment through the microphone(s), process the input using the CPU or DSP, and then amplify the sound utilizing the receiver/speaker. Hearing aids are typically powered by batteries of varying sizes that last between 5-20 days, but recent developments have incorporated rechargeable batteries.

Hearing aids are designed to correct a hearing loss by introducing sound where it is missing. Most hearing aids are programmable, which means that they can be both initially fit and adjusted by computer. First, a hearing care professional must establish the type of instrument needed by performing a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Since there are literally thousands of styles and levels of technology, it is best to have the hearing healthcare professional help select the most suitable instruments based on audiometric results and lifestyle. Once this is established, the data from the evaluation is used during the fitting process. Programmable hearing aids will help the patient acclimate to the presence of new sounds. It also gives the hearing healthcare professional the ability to re-fit the hearing aids if the patient demonstrates a change in hearing.

Of course, the level of success a patient achieves with their hearing aids is heavily dependant upon the professional who performs the fitting. In other words, the experience and knowledge of the audiologist that helps each patient select and use their hearing aids will be directly related to the amount of hearing improvement each patient receives. It is also helpful if a defined followup plan is adhered to (i.e. Lifetime Hearing Plan). This involves both adjustments to the hearing aids and deep/comprehensive cleanings on regular intervals. Regular adjustments and cleanings insure that each patient will receive the maximum benefit from their hearing devices. If yourself or a loved one suspects they have a hearing loss, don't wait, contact Treasure State Hearing immediately!