Medically Reviewed by:
David Lee

Last Updated August 13, 2019

How Hearing Aids Work

Let’s start by getting rid of the common misconception that a hearing aid is just a microphone and amplifier attached to your ear. If all you needed was louder sound overall, your hearing specialist wouldn’t have so much training. When hearing loss develops, we begin to lose our ability to hear certain frequencies in the spectrum of sound that surrounds us. When a Hearing Aid Practitioner recommends programs and fits a hearing aid for a patient, that device is focused on boosting the specific frequencies that patient needs help in hearing. So, hearing aids don’t just amplify sound, they process it. Once the microphone collects sound, the technology inside the hearing aid separates out the various frequencies, enhances the ones the patient needs help with, reassembles the sound and sends it into the ear.

Hearing Aid Types

There are a lot of hearing aid options out there but it all boils down to variations on two basic types: Over-the-Ear (OTE) and In-the-Ear (ITE). Both are very effective and have developed to a point where they have gotten very small, calling little or no attention to themselves.

Over-the-Ear (OTE) hearing aids consist of a shell that hooks over the ear. Sound is collected and processed within the shell and sent into the ear canal through tubing or a small wire and speaker extending from the shell.

Inside-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids put the entire process of collecting and transmitting sound inside the structure of your ear. Depending on the level of hearing loss, the size of ITE hearing aids can vary significantly: from being visible on the outer bowl of the ear to sit completely inside the ear canal where they are practically invisible.

Hearing Aid Features

Just like cars, hearing aids range from standard to fully-loaded. There are a lot of great features to consider when planning a hearing aid purchase:

  • Noise and Feedback Reduction
  • Directional
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Connectivity to Smart Devices
  • Smart Apps like speech to text
  • Online Remote Adjustments and Support from your Audiologist

The Hearing Aid Experts At Bow River Hearing

At the Bow River Hearing clinics in both Calgary and Airdrie we offer some of the most knowledgeable and experienced hearing aid practitioners in all of Alberta. Our audiology experts are committed to better hearing and providing you with unmatched hearing care.

Our hearing specialists are experienced in performing in-depth hearing tests that will identify the hearing loss issues that are uniquely effecting you. Once we have an understanding of your individual hearing needs we can properly provide the best hearing aid solutions specifically for you.

Our hearing aid practitioners spend time with you and your new hearing aids to ensure you have the knowledge you need to be comfortable when leaving our hearing loss clinic.

We are passionate about providing our patients with the perfect hearing aid solutions for their lifestyle and unique hearing loss symptoms. This is why we offer cutting edge hearing aid technology to provide you with the best possible hearing aid solutions.