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As someone who is suffering from hearing loss, you will undoubtedly be on the look-out for a solution that is best suited to your lifestyle, age as well as the severity of hearing loss that you have experienced. 

There are many different types and styles of hearing aids, which cover a variety of personal needs that include lifestyle, the degree of hearing loss, and other factors that should be discussed with hearing professionals. At Chenault House of Hearing, we work with the many different types of hearing aids and help our customers to pick the right device with the right features to suit their needs. 

Choosing the Right Hearing Aid 

Here’s a guide to help with your comparison of hearing aids and the features to look for when considering the best option for you. Getting it right will reward you with a better life and hearing quality.

 

  • BTE – Behind-the-Ear

 

Worn behind your ears, this is one of the most traditional types. Unlike other types of hearing aids, a BTE model will be easily visible. However, they are also often more durable and require less maintenance than many other models. They produce minimal feedback, and are usually very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. 

  • CIC – Completely-in-Canal

One of the reasons why these particular hearing loss devices are so popular is that they are invisible. In short, nobody will know that you are wearing a hearing aid. They sit deep inside the ear canal, and are one of the smallest hearing instruments on the market. They come with varying levels of technology, meaning that there will likely be an option for you to consider regardless of your budget.

 IIC – Invisible-in-Canal

These are about as close to invisible as you can get and, although small, promise very high-quality sound. The absence of obstruction also makes it possible for you, as the wearer, to easily localize the sound coming from outside.

  • MIH – Mic-in-Helix 

A top choice for active people, the clever construction of the MIC style hearing aid takes advantage of the ear’s anatomy to provide near-to-natural sound quality. 

  • ITC – In-the-Canal

These are small, discreet devices that fit inside the ear. They are almost invisible when worn and a very popular option.

  • ITE – In-the-Ear 

This hearing aid is comfortable and discrete. 

  • RIE – Receive-in-Ear

These are recommended for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. They promise a reduced risk of occlusion. 

Here at Chenault House of Hearing, we recommend Beltone hearing aids, in particular, to our clients who are looking for quality hearing aids that are sure to stand the test of time. Great features of Beltone hearing aids include:

  • Rechargeable ZPower Batteries last up to one year. They can be worn all day long on one charge, will charge overnight in just 2 to 4 hours.
  • Bluetooth hearing aids deliver audio streams from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with outstanding sound quality for phone calls, music, movies, FaceTime conversation, Siri and other activities.
  • Beltone hearing aids wirelessly communicate with each other to customize sound as the surroundings change. By prioritizing speech, it’s easy to hear the conversation, even in noisy places. Enjoy seamless transitions as you move from quiet to loud environments. And, it’s all hands-free.
  • Hearing aids with pre-programmed amplification will aid mild to moderate hearing loss; particularly where people experience more problems hearing higher frequencies than the lower frequencies.

If you are having problems with your hearing, book a free consultation at Chenault House of Hearing today. We will not only help you with a comprehensive evaluation, but also to choose the hearing aid device that is right for you, your lifestyle, and your budget. We are Offering Free Hearing Screening.  Make an Appointment Today


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The world we live in can be loud. There are a lot of common activities we engage in that provide sustained damaging noise exposure. Sounds from leaf blowers, power tools, lawnmowers, and even hairdryers and vacuum cleaners can be enough to damage your hearing.

The OSHA guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health start to kick in at 85 decibels. Sudden loud noises or sustained loud noises can damage the tiny hairs in your inner ear that are essential to hearing. These hair cells don’t regenerate. So, you want to hang on to every little hair cell that you can. Here are 5 tips to help you protect your hearing:

Wear Ear Plugs

Wearing ear plugs when you are outside can protect you from the full impact of loud noises.

Wear Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise-canceling headphones are a great way to eliminate unnecessary noise. But, don’t do double the damage by listening to music and turning it up very loud.

Do a Preventative Hearing Screen

Do a preventative hearing screen if you notice that you are having difficulty hearing. This should be done every five to ten years, depending on the quality of your hearing. 

Ongoing Hearing Tests

If you know that you are losing your hearing, then you need to get your hearing retested every year to monitor for any possible progression. This will also help you determine how your hearing loss is impacting your communication abilities.

Avoid Loud Settings

If you want to take your hearing seriously, avoid loud concerts. Or, at least, always commit to using earplugs if you are attending an event where there will be loud noises.

Looking for audioprosthologist or a Beltone hearing center? Then contact Chenault House of Hearing today.


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In this blog post, we are going to cover the proper way or methodology for cleaning hearing aids, specifically the popular behind-the-ear hearing aid.

A standard behind-the-ear hearing aid is connected to a custom earmold via a tube. The earmold itself is made of silicone or acrylic and in its custom molded to the ear. The most important aspect when cleaning this style of hearing aid is keeping wax or debris in your ear canal out of the air passageway or the sound passageway in the custom earpiece. In the custom earpieces, you’re typically going to have one hole for the sound to pass through and a second hole which serves as a pressure ventilation passageway. That way, when the earmold is in your ear, it doesn’t literally plug up the ear – it allows air to bypass the earpiece.

The most recommended device to use to clean your hearing aids is a simple tool where one side has a small wire loop and the other side has a little brush. The most important side is the wire loop side. Take this side and scoop out both of the holes, thereby removing any debris.

How Delicate Do You Need to be While Cleaning Hearing Aids?

One benefit of a behind-the-ear hearing aid is that the earmold does not contain any electronics, so they are typically not very fragile. During cleaning, you don’t have to worry about damaging anything. Clean out both the air passageway and the receiver tube.

To properly clean your hearing aid, you may want to also consider running a monofilament through the air passageway. You can push the monofilament through the air passageway. If it moves through easily, it is indicative that there isn’t any debris in the air passageway.

The last thing you may want to consider when cleaning the hearing aid is using the brush side to clear any debris over the sound inputs or microphone ports on top of the hearing aid. On occasion, you may want to open the battery door and brush that out as well.

Need more information on hearing aids? Then contact the Chenault House of Hearing today.


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According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institute of Health, 36 million Americans suffer from a hearing loss. And, this is a growing problem as our population ages. Approximately one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have a hearing loss, and this number increases to half of all adults over the age of 75.

The good news is that hearing aids can help. The bad news is that only 20% of those with hearing loss benefit from treatment by actually seeking help. This lack of treatment often affects the social, physical, and cognitive well being of older adults.


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When faced with the deterioration of one’s hearing, people often start scrutinizing their Medicaid coverage. While Medicaid covers the cost of hearing tests, it does not cover the cost of hearing aids.

Medicaids view hearing aids as ‘elective’, which means that a person doesn’t have to have hearing aids, and hearing loss is not seen as a life-threatening disease – even though it can severely impact on a person’s quality of life. People who suffer from untreated loss of hearing are more likely to develop dementia, depression, and earn less in their lifetime.


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