At Professional Speech & Hearing Specialists, we provide a range of hearing aids to cater to the needs and lifestyle of every individual. Partnered with some of the leading manufacturers in hearing aid technology, we offer both behind-the-ear and in-the-ear hearing aids that are equipped with a variety of features, including smartphone connectivity. Schedule an appointment at our office in Ocala, Florida, and we can discuss your options in further detail.
Our Ocala, Florida, location carries all shapes and sizes of devices to suit your needs, from the behind-the-ear models to the nearly invisible completely-in-the-canal hearing aids. Most devices come with a no-risk free trial!
We are vigilant about furthering our education and skills regarding advancements in audiology and hearing aids.
Hearing aids come in a variety of styles, and the right one for you depends on your individual hearing needs and personal preferences. We will be able to recommend the best device for you and fit it to your individual hearing loss. Some of the most common styles are shown below:
This hearing aid style consists of two pieces, a behind-the-ear receiver and a small tube that transmits sound to the ear canal. The receiver contains all the technology while the small plastic tube has a speaker on the end that rests in your ear canal and transmits the sound.
Similar to BTE hearing aids, this hearing aid style has a behind the ear component, and the sound receiver sits inside the ear canal. The two are connected by a thin wire. The behind-the-ear component houses the technology that processes the sound, and the speaker in located in the in-the-ear component.
In-the-ear hearing aids sit completely inside the outer ear. These hearing aids have to be custom fit, as an ear mold is taken to ensure the hearing aid will fit snuggly in your ear. These devices tend to be more noticeable than smaller devices that sit behind the ear or in the ear canal.
This style of hearing aid is very discreet as it sits partially in the ear canal. This style of hearing aid is also custom fit as there needs to be a snug fit to transmit and process sounds properly.
Nearly invisible, completely-in-canal hearing aids are small devices molded to sit within your ear canal. While these devices are extremely discreet, they do not offer some of the features other hearing aids do. They also requires a custom fitting.
All of these styles are available at Professional Speech & Hearing Specialists in Ocala, Florida. Make an appointment today to find the best hearing aid style for your hearing range, needs, and lifestyle.
Hearing aids do more than simply amplify sound, they also provide a way to navigate and communicate in your daily life. Today’s hearing aids include a variety of features that help you tackle the issues you face in your hearing without disrupting your lifestyle. The latest technology from most manufacturers allows you to connect to your smart phone or TV for direct hearing without an intermediary device.
Hearing from the telephone in both ears is an unparalleled phone experience, resulting in an easier and clearer conversation. You can even use a hearing aid app that allows you to make discreet, fine tuning adjustments to the volume and sound quality.
In addition, noise reduction—always on the top of every patient's wish list—is now more effective than ever.
Click below to learn more about this and other notable hearing aid features:Tinnitus Therapy
Tinnitus is commonly known as ringing in the ear, but it can also present as humming, buzzing, whooshing and more. There is no known cure for tinnitus, but those who experience persistent tinnitus can find relief with the use of hearing aids. The styles that most often have this feature are behind the ear and receiver in the canal. Using advanced technology this feature adds soothing tones enhance speech, and focusing on the appropriate sound in the environment to distract the brain from tinnitus noise.
Most hearing aid styles and models are not waterproof, but many models offer water resistance. This is helpful, particularly if you enjoy fitness and outdoor activities. It’s important to keep your hearing aids clean, and keep them free of dirt and sweat. With a water resistant model, the device maintains its performance in a wider range of situations. This hearing aid feature is perfect for those with an active lifestyle and is typically offered in the behind-the-ear and receiver-in-canal models.
Like any other piece of technology, hearing aids are evolving. Many are getting smaller and more discreet, yet still powerful. There are several nearly invisible hearing aid styles that allow individuals to wear over the ear headphones and participate in many activities without the worry that your hearing aid will be damaged or get in the way. These devices are smaller so it’s important to maintain proper cleaning, storage, and necessary maintenance to keep them in top working order.
Most hearing aid styles rely on batteries to stay charged, but many manufacturers are now offering a rechargeable option. These devices can have a partial charge in a shorter amount of time and can completely charge overnight using a charging station. This is similar to how you would charge your smartphone. While hearing aids with this feature may be more expensive at first, they actually save money in the long run since you won’t have to purchase and maintain a stock of batteries. This feature is great for those that travel frequently or have an active or busy lifestyle and would rather charge the device than carry extra batteries. These battery-free options are available in the behind-the-ear and receiver-in-canal styles.
In a time when we are used to having technology and smartphones at our fingertips, it’s important to offer hearing aids that are compatible with smart devices. These hearing aids work alongside an app, allowing you to control things such as volume through your phone. Some devices even connect directly your phone, allowing you to stream music, phone calls, and other types of audio directly to your hearing aids. Smartphone compatible hearing aid styles include behind the ear and receiver in the canal.
At Professional Speech and Hearing Specialists we work with a variety of hearing aid brands. Each brand has its own focus and personal touch to deliver the best hearing experience. We are proud to carry and service hearing aids from the leaders in modern hearing technology:
EarQ is a patient focused hearing aid brand that offers you the most options under one brand. EarQ provides a variety of models to suit any hearing need, lifestyle, and budget. EarQ hearing aids also come with the Secure, America’s longest warranty. Secure covers service, adjustments, repairs, and cleanings of your devices for four years.
Oticon is an award-winning hearing aid brand that strives to provide the latest technology and advancements in behind-the-ear and receiver-in-canal hearing aid styles. These hearing aids work with the brain to interpret and process sound which allows users to recall and remember more information.
ReSound is a global leader in audio solutions, working to provide options for their patients to hear more, do more, and be more without limitations. Patients are their main focus, offering hearing aids in both outside the ear and inside the ear hearing aid styles that have advanced technology including software and app integration.
Widex promises patients that developments in high-quality hearing aids will provide those with hearing loss the same opportunities as those with normal hearing. ReSound offers custom in-the-ear hearing aids, hearing aids compatible with iPhones, and unique hearing aids that allow for active and busy lifestyles.
Starkey Hearing Technologies offers a range of wireless hearing aid solutions both outside and inside the ear. This brand strives to bring people together and make lives richer by empowering patients with their technology to help them reach their full potential.
Signia hearing aids work to deliver sound as naturally as possible with behind-the-ear and receiver-in-canal styles. Their hearing aids work with apps including MyControl where individuals control the hearing aids and MyHearing where the hearing aids integrate with video software.
No matter your hearing needs, at Professional Speech & Hearing Specialists we have something for everyone. Your hearing shouldn’t get in the way of your daily tasks from socializing at work or at home to your fitness, hobbies, and busy lifestyle. We offer a range of brands and hearing aid styles that allow us to create a custom hearing plan for each individual no matter their needs, lifestyle, or budget.
Take the first step today and schedule an appointment. We will set you up with a professional that can start you on the path to better hearing.
Learn more about today's hearing devices via the following videos:Widex Beyond The Oticon OpnTM ReSound LiNX2 User Experience Signia primax explained Brain HearingTM Technology Widex Unique
Ongoing follow-up care is essential to success with hearing aids. Most patients are seen several times during a 75-day trial period to ensure confidence in the value of their investment. Following that, our patients are generally seen every four months in their first year and then at four-to-six month intervals for maintenance in the following years. Most hearing aids come with a three-year manufacturer's warranty for repair. In addition, we provide all of our hearing aid services free of charge during that time.
The EarQ Secure 4-Year Warranty
Hearing aids are an investment that should be protected. That's why all EarQ hearing aids come with the best hearing technology warranty around, the Secure Warranty, which protects your devices for four years—at no cost to you. Ask us about the warranty during your appointment!