Hearing Aid Overview

Which Hearing Aid is Right for You?

With the huge choice of options when it comes to hearing aids these days, choosing the right one for your needs may seem overwhelming. Whether you value power, features or a discreet form factor, we’re sure to find a hearing aid that best suits you.

But in order to find the right hearing aids for you, we need to first assess your hearing. This helps us to determine exactly which features would suit you best. We're ready to help you use the latest technology to get you back to living your life the way you want.

Special Hearing Aid Features

There is a wealth of cutting-edge technology in every hearing aid that we offer, but here are some of the hearing aid technologies we’re most excited about:

Bluetooth Hearing Aid

Wireless Bluetooth technology

Through the power of Bluetooth technology, hearing aids now have the ability to connect to your phone, TV, music players, and a host of other devices. Bluetooth hearing aids are now able to direct these audio signals to your hearing aid, enabling you to stream content from any Bluetooth-enabled device straight to your ear. Many hearing aids even allow you to stream phone calls to your ear, too!

There are three types of Bluetooth enabled hearing aid:
  • ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing aids have the ability to pair directly with your Apple device.
  • ‘Made for any phone’ hearing aids can connect directly to all smartphones.
  • You can use a compatible hearing aid accessory that connects to your devices and streams the sound directly to your hearing aids.

Phonak Rechargeable

Lithium-ion rechargeable technology

Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries have long been the favored technology in many major industries, and now this innovation is finally available for hearing aids.

Compared with traditional battery technology, lithium-ion batteries deliver enough power to stream hours of content and still have enough to get through the rest of the day. The batteries themselves last up to five years and can be charged conveniently overnight making them a very attractive choice for any hearing aid wearer.

Many of our hearing devices come with special programming features including:
  • noise management programs
  • automatic adjustments
  • ear to ear communication
  • function controls
  • directional microphones
  • music programs
  • telecoil

Talk to us for more information on each feature and how they can improve you hearing experience.

hearing aid styles

Here are some of the different types of hearing aid styles offered at our offices.

At the Gulf Gate Hearing Center in Sarasota, we offer a wide range of different styles of hearing aid. Your lifestyle, your budget and the degree of your hearing loss are all factors when deciding on the best hearing aid for you.

Behind the ear

Although one of the larger styles you'll see on the market, BTE hearing aids more than make up for it with access to more features and a longer battery life than any other style. The sound is guided directly to the ear canal using a specially formed earmold at the end of a tube.

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This is a kind of open-fit style of hearing aid with a thin plastic tube that runs across the outside ear and into the ear canal from the body of the hearing aid. A small soft tip site inside the ear canal but doesn't seal it. These are smaller than traditional BTE models but easy to operate and still have a range of features available.

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These are custom fit and slot inside your outer ear. The ITE style is a good option for those who prefer to manually adjust their hearing aids, rather using a remote control or app. They come in a wide range of skin tones that are appropriate for people with moderate to severe hearing loss.

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This style fits inside the ear canal. Only the top of the hearing aid or a small clear plastic tail will be shown. Many people who choose CIC hearing aids say that people usually aren't aware that they are even wearing hearing aids. CIC hearing aids are also best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

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The IIC style is by far the least visible of all hearing aids. These hearing aids are made to fit your ear anatomy and fit deeper into your ear canal more than any other type of hearing aid–which makes it hard for anyone to notice you are wearing them. Such hearing aids can be used for people with mild to moderate loss of hearing.

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Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center offers complete audiometric evaluations, ear wax removal, hearing aid sales, repairs & programming, and related products & services.
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