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Test Drive (Your Hearing)

We believe the only way to truly know which hearing aids are right for you is by witnessing the benefits they provide to your day-to-day life.

We want to make sure you love the way you hear. Deciding if you need a hearing instrument or which hearing instrument is right for you can be overwhelming.

Two questions face our customers. The first is, “Do I have a hearing loss?” If our hearing test reveals that the answer is yes, then the next question you ask may be, “Will I like what I hear and will I be happy with them?”

Making a confident choice with Sounds Good! Risk Free Trial

At Sounds Good! we believe the only way to truly know which hearing aids are right for you is by witnessing the benefits they provide to your day-to-day life. As such, we created a hassle-free experience that puts you in the driver’s seat as you navigate this journey. Your hearing care professional will come alongside to guide and support you every step of the way. Here’s how the Test Drive program works:

The first step is to make an appointment for your initial hearing evaluation. After this evaluation, we will program a set of hearing instruments personalized to the degree of your hearing loss. You will take the hearing instruments home right away and wear them at work, at home, and even at the theater. By continuously wearing the hearing instruments in all your different environments, you will know whether they are right for you or if you should make another selection to better match your lifestyle. We encourage you to take your time evaluating the hearing instruments to get a sense of how they are performing for you. After a week-long trial, you will return to our office where we will discuss your options together. Backed by data and your personal preferences, you will have access to different models and price levels. It’s that simple! It really could not be easier.

Come in for a Test Drive to experience what sounds the flex trial hearing aids will bring back to you. The Test Drive trial is cost and risk free!

Types of Hearing Aids

Although hearing assistance is a quickly developing area of technological research and development, many of the main types of hearing aids fall into two general categories. In The Ear (ITE) hearing aids fit into the ear canal, often out of sight. Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aids have a compartment attached to the aid that sits behind the ear. Within these general types there are many variants, each with its own profile of features and liabilities. Before describing the features available, let’s take a look at these two general types of hearing aids and the variants within them.

ITE Hearing Aids

ITE hearing aids are placed directly into your ear canal, and they tend to come as a single unit with all the components in the same housing. Some of these aids are completely invisible to the naked eye. These smallest models of hearing aids are called In the Canal (IIC) units. Similar to the IIC is the Completely In the Canal (CIC) model of hearing aids. Although they remain visible to some onlookers, they are very tiny and fit inside the ear canal, as well. Although these two types are difficult to see, they are also difficult to take out or to place in the ear canal. In The Canal (ITC) hearing aids are only slightly larger than the first two types of ITEs. These units fit into the ear canal, but they may be slightly easier to manipulate due to their larger size. Some wearers of ITC hearing aids complain of occlusion, or the feeling that their ears are plugged up. another line of hearing aids includes a unit that sits behind the ear, separating the components into different parts.

BTE Hearing Aids

BTE hearing aids have two main components to house the functions of the aids. The battery, microphone, or other components may be contained in a cartridge that sits behind the ear. This unit is connected to another piece that fits closer to the ear canal. These hearing aids tend to be a bit bigger than ITE units, making them more visible. Yet, this larger size can make them easier to take in and out for some wearers. Two types of BTEs describe the location of the receiver: Receiver In The Ear (RITE) and Receiver In the Canal (RIC). Although the cartridge behind the ear can make it easier to use, the component that fits inside the ear can be difficult to manipulate, as well. By far the easiest hearing aid to manipulate is the BTE with an ear mold.

This larger unit is customized to the shape of the outer ear, where it is visible and rests in these folds and crevices. For those with dexterity issues or arthritis, ear mold hearing aids can be the most effective. However, due to the larger size, some wearers of these units experience occlusion—a muffled sound in the ear. Choosing the right hearing aids for you will likely be a combination of the benefits and weaknesses of any given model.

Features Available

In addition to these general types, some general features can be a component of any hearing aid. Noise cancellation can make listening in restaurants or parties much easier. Speech identification technology also assists this process. Smartphone compatibility has made it possible to customize your hearing aids to the locations where you tend to need them, such as the home, workplace, or a shopping center you tend to frequent. Bluetooth technology has also been a very helpful feature in hearing aid technology, freeing the wearer from carrying the smartphone in a pocket or handbag. With the Bluetooth receiver nearby, the same functions can be employed.