BTE hearing aids are the most common form of hearing aids used today

BTE

Traditional behind-the-ear hearing aids are the most flexible hearing aids available and address the broadest range of hearing loss. A custom ear mold is made of your ear canal. This mold fits into your ear, while the device wraps around the back of your ear. These hearing aids can be battery operated or rechargeable.

RITE hearing aids sold and fitted at Leake Audiology

RITE

Receiver-in-the-canal devices are a more popular choice. The open-fit concept means your ear canal is not entirely blocked, and natural sound is able to enter your ear in addition to the amplification. These devices come in a variety of shapes and colors. They are not custom-made and instead come in different sizes depending on the length and shape of your ear. These hearing aids can be battery operated or rechargeable.

Full Shell hearing aids at Leake Audiology

ITE

Full shell in-the-ear hearing aids are made to fill the outer part of your ear. They have no external wires or tubes, and are very light in weight. An impression is made of your ear, and the entire hearing aid is encased in this shell.

in the canal hearing aids at Leake Audiology

ITC

In-the-canal hearing aids are less visible than in-the-ear hearing aids. These devices take advantage of the ear’s natural shape and are very small and lightweight. The hearing aid is molded to the inner canal so that sound is naturally funneled through the hearing aid.

CIC hearing aids at Leake Audiology

CIC

Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are custom fit and are placed deeply into the ear canal, making them the least visible. There is typically a small handle or cord on the device to help remove it.

CUSTOM HEARING PROTECTION

your ears deserve it

We have a wide selection of custom hearing protection options for professionals in fields that create enough noise to be dangerous. Wearing hearing protection in these areas is not only mandatory due to OH&S regulations but it’s also just good common sense. Noise above 70 dB over a prolonged period of time may start to damage your hearing. Loud noise above 120 dB can cause immediate harm to your ears. The average noise in, for example, a steel plant is anywhere from 84 to 120 dB! The most common reason people choose NOT to wear protection on the job is because it can be uncomfortable. And it can!

That’s where we come in. Leake Audiology Services Inc. spends most of its day in and around peoples ears! We are experts at making our devices as comfortable as humanly possible. We have a wide range of custom hearing protection devices for just about every high risk profession, and we custom fit them all to your ear. This ensures the maxium possible comfort letting you focus on your job. This increases your productivity and your overall job satisfaction. Tell your boss that buying custom hearing protection from Leake Audiology Services will actually increase his revenue, while also making your job satisfaction soar. 

Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting

Services included at no charge for Adult Fittings with purchase of hearing aids from our clinic:

  • Periodical follow up appointments through your 60 day trial period as needed.
  • Up to 3 year hearing aid repair warranty, depending on the manufacturer.
  • Up to 2 year loss/damage policy.
  • Unlimited in-office hearing aid cleaning, service and adjustments by appointment throughout your warranty.

WHAT COMES NEXT?

 Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your audiologist will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. The audiologist will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change or charge batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. This appointment will generally take about one hour.  It is also a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you. Don’t be afraid to ask for written instructions, which can help you better retain the information.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR HEARING AIDS

When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected! The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. The audiologist should do additional testing (Real Ear Measurements) to make sure that the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it. Additionally, remember to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.

You may also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that we can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the hearing to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments.

HEARING AID MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

Hearing aids are comprised of tiny electrical components that may experience wear and tear over time. If this is the case, you’ll likely need to visit your hearing professional to have the problem assessed. Whether it’s simply due to aging or the units have been exposed to moisture, excessive wax, debris or physical damage, you’ll want your audiologist to evaluate the extent of repairs needed.

COMMON HEARING AID ISSUES

You may try to turn the hearing aid on in the morning and find that there is no sound or you may find that the battery door has come unhinged. These things do happen, even when the hearing aids are properly cared for. If you should experience an issue that requires a repair, bring the hearing aids to our office. We are equipped and trained to evaluate and diagnose broken hearing aids. Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others may need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. We can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.

HEARING AID REPAIRS

If you are a current patient or you have hearing aids that were not fit in our office, we are happy to try to repair your hearing aids. We are able to service most major manufacturers of hearing aids and can advise you as to whether yours is a brand we service. Hearing aids come with a warranty when purchased new. If your warranty has expired, it is still possible to repair most hearing aids for a small fee depending on the extent of the repair and the age of the hearing aid. Depending on the hearing aid manufacturer, this repair may come with a new year-long warranty. In the event your hearing aid is severely damaged and unable to be repaired, we will work with you to determine what devices would be best for your current needs. We will provide you with details when you bring your hearing aid into the office.

HEARING AID MAINTENANCE

One easy way to keep your hearing aids in good working order is by properly caring for and maintaining the devices. Remember to talk with your hearing care professional if you discover any kind of malfunction or damage to your device.

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