Choosing The Right Hearing Technology Based On Your Unique Circumstances, Lifestyle and Budget

For the vast majority of the world, the ability to communicate through clear understanding of speech is an essential element for living a productive, rewarding, and independent lifestyle.

For individuals with a hearing impairment, hearing aids are the only medical treatment available. When done properly, hearing aids provide hearing impaired individuals with the ability to live happier, more productive, and connected lives. Hearing aids are an investment, and it’s critically important to understand it in those terms. They are an investment in your health and quality of life, now and in the future. So you want to make the wisest and best investment possible.

But where do you start? The MOST important choice you’ll make is who you entrust with guiding and caring for you on this lifelong journey to improved hearing health. Because, unless you are a hearing healthcare provider, choosing your best hearing aid treatment option(s) is an impossible and overwhelming task. That’s where our caring, knowledgeable, and experienced audiologists come in. As with all aspects of your hearing healthcare, we are here to assist you in the process of making informed and appropriate choices. Accurate testing & assessment, caring professional guidance, and consistent follow-up care will make the biggest difference in your hearing healthcare investment.

When it comes to the actual hearing aids, you’ll find that in contrast to those bulky, ugly contraptions your grandparents had to wear, today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids are incredibly user-friendly, comfortable, and (if it matters to you) so discrete that most people will never know that you are using them.

Micro-digital technology has made a tremendous contribution to producing significantly better hearing aid performance in a smaller package. A variety of connectivity options and a broad range of smartphone apps make it possible to use your smartphone to fine-tune your hearing aids, make phone conversations easier to hear & enjoy, and wirelessly stream music or podcasts. What was once the realm of science fiction, now is science fact. Along with enhanced performance technology, advancements in material technology and production make today’s hearing aids more comfortable. In fact, you’ll likely forget you’re wearing them.

Once you’ve made an informed decision (with our guidance) as to what instrument(s) to evaluate, the next significant benefits of choosing Berkeley Hearing Center for your hearing healthcare will manifest. You see, hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated medical prosthetics. But they are not made for one specific patient, type, or degree of hearing loss. They are proverbial “blank slates.” The proper fitting and programming of hearing aids to how each individual subjectively hears is a process that takes time and patience, and is a moving target. Therefore, it’s imperative that the provider has the experience, knowledge, and time to get the best results possible for each patient they work with. Our audiologists have unique expertise and knowledge, each with decades of experience caring for the hearing impaired using state-of-the-art technology from the best companies in the industry. Most importantly, we have dedicated ourselves to the compassionate care of those who entrust us with their hearing healthcare, now and in the future.

The Different Styles of Hearing Aids

Invisible-in-canal hearing aid at Berkeley Hearing Center

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)

If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, then IIC hearing aids are a viable style choice. The most unique feature of IICs is their deep insertion into the ear canal. Depending on your ear shape, they’re often invisible when worn; a huge advantage for the style-conscious wearer.

Completely-in-the-canal Hearing aid at Berkeley Hearing Center

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

The CIC hearing aid can be a great option for mild to severe hearing loss with cosmetic concerns. They are mostly invisible and a bit more powerful than the smaller IIC option.

In-the-canal hearing aid at Berkeley Hearing Center

In-The-Canal (ITC)

Another option for patients with mild to severe hearing loss is the ITC hearing aid. Because of its slightly larger size, it uses size 312 batteries, allowing wireless capabilities for smartphone streaming.

In-the-ear hearing aid at Berkeley Hearing Center

In-The-Ear (ITE)

Mildly severe to severe hearing loss patients might find ITE hearing aids to their liking. They feature a sleek design, which fits perfectly to the outer entrance to the ear canal. They are incredibly comfortable to wear, offer maximum hearing coverage, and are available in a variety of colors, custom made to match your skin tone.
Behind-the-ear hearing aid at Berkeley Hearing Center

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

Severe to profound hearing loss patients usually require the additional performance capabilities of behind-the-ear hearing aids. Although it’s not invisible, this instrument is more streamlined and lighter weight than its predecessors. Its technology is housed in the casing of these hearing aids, placed behind the ear while the clear plastic acoustical tube sends the amplified sounds into a customized earmold fitted inside the ear canal.

Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid at Berkeley Hearing Center

Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC)

RIC style hearing aids are the most versatile hearing instrument on the market as well as a firm favorite among many audiologists. The receiver or speaker inserts into the ear canal for better sound quality and near invisibility. RIC units provide an easy in-office repair solution or an amplification upgrade should your hearing loss condition worsen.

Treatment Plans

All Inclusive

  • State of the Art Hearing Aid Technology
  • Four Years of Comprehensive Care  (all appointments for any reason)
  • Initial Fitting
  • Custom Earmolds (if necessary)
  • Real World Adjustments
  • Bluetooth/Wireless Connectivity Consultations
  • Hearing Checks
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • 6-month and 12-month Hearing Aid Wellness Checks
  • Troubleshooting
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Four Years of Comprehensive Manufacturer’s Repair Warranty
  • Four Years of Loss and Catastrophic Damage Replacement Warranty
  • (once per aid)
  • Battery Charger or Four-Year Supply of Batteries
  • Four Years of Supplies
  • Wax guards
  • Ear Domes
  • Cleaning Tools
  • Minimum Guaranteed Future Upgrade/Trade-In Value ($1500)
All Inclusive Treatment Plans at Berkeley Hearing Center

Signature

  • Advanced Hearing Aid Technology
  • Three Years of Comprehensive Care (all appointments for any reason)
  • Initial Fitting
  • Custom Earmolds (if necessary)
  • Real World Adjustments
  • Bluetooth/Wireless Connectivity Consultations
  • Hearing Checks
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • 6-month and 12-month Hearing Aid Wellness Checks
  • Troubleshooting
  • Cerumen  Removal
  • Three Years of Comprehensive Manufacturer’s Repair Warranty
  • Three Years of Loss and Catastrophic Damage Replacement Warranty (once per aid)
  • One Year Supply of Batteries or $100 discount on charger (currently $400)
  • One Year of Supplies
Signature Treatment Plans at Berkeley Hearing Center

Smart

  • Smart Hearing Aid Technology (e.g. ReSound Quattro 5)
  • Two Years of Comprehensive Care (all appointments for any reason)
  • Initial Fitting
  • Custom Earmolds (if necessary)
  • Real World Adjustments
  • Bluetooth/Wireless Connectivity Consultations
  • Hearing Checks
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • 6-month and 12-month Hearing Aid Wellness Checks
  • Troubleshooting
    Cerumen Removal
  • Two Years of Comprehensive Manufacturer’s Repair Warranty
  • Two Years of Loss and Catastrophic Damage Replacement Warranty (once per aid)
  • One Year Supply of Batteries or $100 discount on charger (currently $400)
  • One Year of Supplies
  • Minimum Guaranteed Future Upgrade/Trade-In Value ($750)
Smart Treatment Plans at Berkeley Hearing Center

Essential

  • Essential Hearing Aid Technology (e.g. ReSound Linx3D 5)
  • One Year of Comprehensive Care (all appointments for any reason)
  • Initial Fitting
  • Real World Adjustments
  • Bluetooth/Wireless Connectivity Consultations
  • Hearing Checks
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • 6-month and 12-month Hearing Aid Wellness Checks
  • Troubleshooting
  • Cerumen Removal
  • One Year of Comprehensive Manufacturer’s Repair Warranty
  • One Year of Loss and Catastrophic Damage Replacement Warranty (once per aid)

* Does not cover custom earmolds, batteries, or supplies

Essential Treatment Plans at Berkeley Hearing Center

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