Modern hearing aids have the sophistication and power to help even profound or complicated hearing losses. It's incredible how much of a difference we can make in our patients' lives thanks to the latest technological advancements in the hearing industry. And that's why it's important to get hearing aids from someone with the knowledge and expertise to program these advanced hearing aids effectively.
There are so many factors that go into getting the most out of hearing devices. An audiologist or hearing instrument specialist can choose to offer the full spectrum of hearing aids available on the market, but in that case their expertise may be spread pretty thin. It's difficult to become truly proficient in everything.
Hear NY Audiology has chosen instead to focus on a narrower range of hearing aids. The benefit of specializing in just a few brands is that we truly know the ins and outs of every single device we sell. Programming hearing aids to help patients is more than just flipping a switch on or off. There's a lot of subtle nuance that varies from hearing aid to hearing aid, and because we've worked so much with these manufacturers, we know the software extremely well.
At Hear NY Audiology, we focus on offering just three hearing aid brands: Starkey, Oticon, and Widex.
Over the years, we've dispensed hearing aids from many different manufacturers. We noticed which hearing aids were giving our patients the best results. We've settled on Starkey, Oticon, and Widex based on the quality of sound our patients experience and the quality of the devices themselves. These brands also offer excellent customer service, amenities, and accessories for patients.
We won't sell inferior products. We're very demanding and have extremely high standards for which hearing aids we carry. If you buy hearing aids from Hear NY Audiology, you can be confident that the devices will last and that you'll enjoy effective, comfortable, natural sound.
Hear NY Audiology P.C. is proud to offer the longest warranty in the country! All of our EarQ hearing aids come with the EarQ Secure 4-Year Warranty, which includes the maintenance for the hearing aids for the same time period.
When we make a recommendation to you, we're basing our suggestions on what we think you as an individual would have the best experience with. We balance these different factors to determine what hearing aids would best suit you:
Depending on your individual hearing needs and your personal preference, we'll recommend a size and style of hearing aid. This generally does not affect the cost of the hearing aid, so it's a matter of what suits you and what you like best. Styles we offer include invisible-in-canal (IIC), completely-in-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear (ITE), receiver-in-canal (RIC), and behind-the-ear (BTE).
In the past, custom-fit hearing aids that went inside your ear were the most subtle, most popular design. These days, we fit most patients with receiver-in-canal (RIC) models for a number of reasons. They allow us to address a sloping hearing loss (which we'll explain in more detail to you after we've evaluated your hearing), and they don't plug up the ear, so you won't have any occlusion effect (think about how it feels and sounds when you stick your fingers in your ears). You'll also go home sooner with these hearing aids because there's no need to wait for a custom mold to be produced.
However, custom hearing aids are still a great choice for people with dexterity or vision issues, or if you strongly prefer the way they look. But all hearing aids today, even the receiver-in-canal models, are quite discreet and hard to notice. We suggest keeping an open mind until you've seen for yourself what the different models look like while worn.
We will explain what hearing aid style is best for your hearing loss. In some case, this means balancing what you need vs. what you want. Some kinds of hearing loss won't work well with the types of hearing aids that fit completely inside your ear. We ask you to trust us when we say what will or won't give you a good experience.
It may be tempting to try to buy hearing aids from the cheapest source you can find. But there's more to better hearing than cheap over-the-counter hearing aids can provide. Hearing devices need to be programmed to address your individual hearing needs by an experienced professional who is familiar with how to get the most out of those particular hearing instruments. You need to know you're choosing someone who can personalize your hearing aids to help with your unique hearing loss and who has the experience to make great suggestions for you.
Audiologists have extensive education and continue learning more about hearing even after we're done with our advanced schooling. We're always studying new technologies and new treatment methods. Not only are we qualified to work with patients of all ages and to address complicated hearing needs, we also have the expertise to recognize what we see and come up with the best possible solutions.