Hearing Instruments

For some people hearing aids are seen as a distraction and they worry about how they are going to look.  With advancements in technology, hearing instruments range in size from very small to large and provide treatment for mild to severe hearing loss.  Improvements are constantly being made to help improve the lives of those with hearing loss.  An investment in hearing instruments will help you lead a more satisfying life and should be considered as an investment in your future!

4 Components of a Hearing Instrument

Microphone
Picks up the sound and relays the message to the digital processor.
Multi-Channel Digital Processor
Analyzes incoming sounds. Separates it by frequency range and adjusts and filters those sounds based on the individual hearing requirements of the patient.
Speaker
Transmits the digitally processed sounds to the ear.
Power Cell
Provides power to the other components. May be a replaceable battery or rechargeable cell.

5 Main Styles of Hearing Aids

  • Behind the ear
  • Completely in the canal
  • In the canal
  • In the ear
  • Open fit
  • Receiver in canal

Staff at the Hearing Institute of St. Louis will review the benefits of each type of device and help you choose one that best fits your needs and lifestyle!