We have hearing aids for any hearing loss or lifestyle.
Hearing Aids at The Hearing Center
At The Hearing Center, we aren’t contracted to one individual hearing aid brand. Because we are a family owned practice, we are able to work with any hearing aid manufacturer we want to. This gives us the freedom to consider a patient’s individual hearing needs and recommend which product we think will work best for them, regardless of brand.
We are always learning more about new hearing aid technology on the market. Sometimes we have favorite brands – but that depends on what type of technology is most helpful to our patients. We stay up-to-date with each manufacturer’s technology so we can better help our patients. By understanding how each programming software works we are able to help more patients and offer them a more customized solution. We always recommend hearing aids that we believe will provide our patients with the best hearing experience.
Hearing Aid Styles
When you think of hearing aids, you might imagine them as big and bulky, but that’s not the case anymore. We can show you demo units of the different sizes and shapes available so you can see for yourself just how small and discreet today’s hearing aids are. You might be surprised how lightweight, comfortable, and hard to notice they are. Different styles of hearing aids have different strengths, so it’s a matter of choosing the right style for you.
The hearing aid styles we offer include invisible-in-the-canal (IIC), completely-in-the-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear (ITE), receiver-in-canal (RIC), and behind-the-ear (BTE). Of these, we find that most of our patients like the RIC the best. It’s one of the least visible options out there, and it’s incredibly versatile if you have more severe hearing loss or you want bluetooth connectivity, rechargeability, or other advanced technologies.
How We Choose the Best Hearing Aids for You
Your hearing loss is unique to you, which is why our recommendations for hearing aids are personalized to you. We consider your degree of hearing loss, your speech discrimination, comfort and dexterity, and activity level. These factors allow us to recommend a hearing aid that will meet all of your hearing needs and will be suited to your lifestyle.
When considering what type of hearing aid to get, it’s important to keep in mind the severity of your hearing loss. If you have severe or profound hearing loss, then you’ll need a hearing aid with more power. Depending on how long your hearing loss has gone untreated could also affect your ability to comprehend speech. If you are having trouble understanding what’s being said to you then you would need a more powerful device as well. Another factor we consider is your dexterity. If you are not comfortable holding a small device and changing the batteries, then a rechargeable hearing aid might be a better option for you. The final factor to consider is your activity level and what type of listening environments you spend the most time in. If you are around a lot of people the majority of the time, are working in a demanding environment, or talk on the phone frequently, then a higher level of technology would be better for you. We will assess your hearing and evaluate your lifestyle by asking specific questions to determine what hearing aid would be best for you.
Caring for Hearing Aids
In order to keep your hearing aids functioning properly, it’s important to clean them regularly. We understand some patients may not feel comfortable caring for their hearing aids because of dexterity issues. However, some patients are comfortable cleaning them and changing batteries. If you’re comfortable cleaning your hearing aids at home, we’ll show you how to clean them and change the filters. If not, you can bring them to our office and we’ll do it for you. It’s all based on your comfort level.
Lifespan of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids typically last 3-5 years. Around the 3-5 year mark, hearing aids start needing repairs more often, so this can be a good time to upgrade. If your hearing has changed over that period of time, you might also need a different device. The most important thing to consider is that the technology has changed significantly in that timeframe, and you’ll probably want to take advantage of what this new technology can do for you.
Introducing The World’s Most Powerful Hearing Aids
Oticon has some of the most technologically advanced hearing aids on the market today. Along with BrainHearing technology and Own Voice Processing, Oticon has recently released three new hearing aids to provide you with a seamless listening experience.
The Oticon Xceed and the Xceed Play are the most powerful hearing aids for adults and children with severe-to-profound hearing loss. They both offer 360⁰ access to speech without the interference of background noise. This allows for a better listening experience as well as improved learning for children. The Xceed and Xceed Play feature groundbreaking technology that reduces feedback, such as static or whistling, so you can hear clearer and with better attention. Adults and children can control these devices straight from their smartphones through an app, creating more control and improved usability. The Xceed for adults comes in a variety of colors to match your skin tone or hair color while the Xceed Play includes bright, fun colors in addition to the neutral tones for younger users.
Oticon CROS hearing aids offer a revolutionary 360⁰ sound experience for those with single-sided deafness. CROS hearing aids include a transmitter with a microphone that wirelessly picks up sound and sends it from your poorer ear to your better ear with a hearing aid. This allows you to easily engage in conversations in different environments. Oticon CROS hearing aids feature OpenSoundNavigator and TwinLink dual-streaming technology so you can hear from all directions. This gives you the freedom to do what you love while enjoying a more natural listening experience.
Credit and Leasing Options
The Hearing Center now offers leasing on Oticon Hearing Aids! We also have financing options for all makes and models. Applying does not affect your credit score.
1655 Carolina Ave.,
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Monday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Friday – Sunday: Closed