Technology in hearing aids has advanced tremendously in the last couple of decades. However, even the most advanced hearing aid will not give you back perfect hearing. Properly fitted hearing aids will allow you to hear soft sounds better while keeping loud sounds appropriately loud and not uncomfortably loud. You may find that some sounds will be different from what you were used to. With continued use you will adjust to the hearing aid and to the new sounds that it is providing for you. At Auburn & Mountain Hearing Centres our Audiologists prescribe hearing aids from all manufacturers. These hearing aid brands include Oticon, Phonak, Widex, Siemens, Bernafon, Starkey, and Sonic Innovations.
In Ontario, you need a presciption to purchase hearing aids and only Physicians and Audiologists can legally prescribe hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Cost
The cost of hearing aids is regulated by the province of Ontario. The total cost will vary based on your level of hearing loss, the brand/model prescribed by your Audiologist, the level of technology you wish to acquire, and your eligibility for government funding. There are several programs in Ontario that offer financial assistance toward the purchase of hearing aids, such as the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), and Workers Safety Insurance Bureau (WSIB).
Prices for hearing aids can vary widely, from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars after government assistance. We also have payment plans available! Professional fees, remote controls, and other hearing aid options may cost extra.* If cost is an issue, good instruments are still available at reasonable prices. Talk to our Doctor of Audiology about your needs and expectations.
Call us today to find out how Auburn and Mountain Hearing Centres can help find affordable hearing solutions to fit your lifestyle and your budget!
*Details in clinic. Some restrictions may apply.
Hearing Aid Styles
There are many categories of style in hearing instruments. The following instruments are daily wear hearing devices, which are often removed when exercising, sleeping, or showering. These devices require batteries that need to be replaced, or recharged approximately every 4-10 days, and repaired as needed. New devices can be purchased every few years, and there are numerous brands available.
Invisible in Canal (IIC)
Developed relatively recently, these tiny devices are placed deep in the ear canal and are chosen primarily for cosmetic reasons. Candidacy for this style is determined by the audiologist. This style of hearing aid is suitable for both first time hearing aid users, and experienced hearing aid users. It is used for mild to moderate hearing loss and offers a highly discreet hearing solution. Since this style of hearing aid sits deep inside the ear canal, it is not visible to you, or to others.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
This style of hearing aid is custom made and is highly undetectable. It sits inside the ear canal with only the removal handle of the device showing outside the ear canal. It is suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.
In the Canal (ITC)
This style of hearing aid is custom-made to fit almost completely inside your ear canal, resulting in a discreet hearing solution. It is suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. A benefit for users of the ITC is that even though the device is small, it still provides room for additional options that might not fit on a CIC.
In the Ear (ITE)
This style of hearing aid are custom-made to fit comfortable and securely based on an impression of your ear. These hearing aids are very useful for those with dexterity problems as they are very easy to place in the ear. Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss, this style fills the concha of the ear, and provides lot’s of space for extra hearing aid options.
Designer Receiver in the Ear (Designer RITE)
This style of hearing aid has a petal-shaped shell that sits invisibly behind the top of your ear. It has a virtually invisible sound tube that leads to the ear canal, making this Designer RITE a discreet and non-traditional hearing device. Suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Mini Receiver in the Ear (miniRITE)
This style of hearing aid was developed relatively recently. The hearing aid is hidden behind the ear and the tiny speaker is hidden inside the ear canal. These parts are connected by a tiny tube or wire. This style is incredibly popular today due to increased comfort, small attractive style, as well as improvements in overall sound quality. Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.
Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
This style of hearing aid is cosmetically more discreet than traditional behind the ear styles. The RITE is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss and is a very discreet, and yet powerful device.
Behind the Ear (BTE)
This style of hearing aid was developed many years ago. It is primarily used in the young pediatric population, and for those with severe to profound hearing losses. However, they are still a popular device for many hearing aid users as they are very durable. These devices typically have the longest life span of any hearing aid device and they have the least problems with retention issues (i.e. staying securely in the ear).
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Extended Wear Hearing Devices: Lyric
Lyric is 100% invisible and worn 24/7 for months at a time*. It can be worn while exercising, sleeping, showering, and talking on the phone. No batteries need to be replaced, and no device repairs are required.
*Lyric may be worn until it ceases to function or for a maximum of 120 days.
ConnectLine is a series of devices that transform Oticon hearing aids into personal wireless headsets. Now your phone conversations, TV, favorite music, computer video chats, podcasts, live performances, and presentations can be streamed directly into your hearing aids! Streamer Pro acts as a remote control for adjusting volume and program settings on your Oticon hearing devices. Hearing aids that are linked to Streamer Pro can have practically any audio source transmitted through it to your hearing aids using a wireless Bluetooth connection or a mini jack cable. The ConnectLine Phone adapter makes it easy to communicate on the phone by transmitting sound signals directly to both ears, turning your hearing aids into a wireless headset. The ConnectLine Microphone is a discreet clip-on microphone that enhances speech understanding of a chosen speaker’s voice in challenging sound environments. The ConnectLine Remote Control 2.0 adjusts the volume of your hearing aids and switchs between different programs with great ease.
DECT Phone, AccessLine, and Roger Pen
Phonak offers a wide variety of wireless communication options that work with your Phonak hearing aids. One of the newest products offered is the DECT phone, which streams phone signals wirelessly to your Phonak hearing aids simultaneously. The AccessLine is a series of products that includes a PilotOne which adjusts the volume and program settings of your hearing aids. The Compliot TVLink Bundle ComPilot provides easy wireless access to TVs, MP3 players and phones. The built-in remote control is designed for ease of use with convenient program and volume changes. Phonak also offers products, such as the Roger Pen which boost speech understanding in difficult listening environments.
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