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Hearing Aids in Severna Park & Annapolis, MD

With so many hearing aids available today, choosing the right one can be difficult and time-consuming. Understanding the options available can help to make the process easier and help to assure the one you select will best meet your needs.

Hearing Aid Styles

While most hearing aids perform in basically the same manner, different styles are available to accommodate your budget and your personal preferences. An important point to remember is that the smaller the hearing aid, the shorter its battery life and the more it will cost.

Inside-the-ear. These hearing aids are molded to fit completely inside a patient’s ear. Ideally they can help to improve mild to moderate adult hearing loss. Since they fit inside the ear they are the least noticeable, have less wind noise and are comfortable with telephone use. However, because of their size, they may not have volume control adjustments and other features. Exceptions to this are the new digital units, which in some cases are self-adjusting.

In-the-canal. This type of hearing aid differs from the ‘Inside the ear’ types in that it does not fit as deeply in the ear canal. This enables it to have volume adjustment and other features. Because of the way it fits, it may not be suitable for small ears.

Half-shell. This style hearing aid is a slightly larger version of the ‘in the canal’ type and is appropriate for moderately to severe hearing loss. They will have features like volume adjustments, fit most ears and be easier to handle because of their size.

Full shell (In-the-ear). Full shell, in-the-ear, style occupies the overall bowl-shaped area of a person’s outer ear and helps to address mild to severe hearing loss. It is however more visible, more susceptible to wind noise but, because of its larger batteries, will last longer.

Behind-the-ear. This type of hearing aid hooks over your ear and lies behind the ear. The unit picks up amplified sound and carries it to a molded earpiece that fits within your ear canal. It will accommodate most ages and people and is suitable for all types of hearing loss. Because of its size it is the most visible of the hearing aid types, however, it can provide better sound amplification than the other types.

Open fit. These small behind-the-ear units convey sound through a small tube or wire to a dome or speaker within the ear canal. They are best for persons with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss where low-frequency hearing is normal. Since they leave the ear canal open, they do not plug the ear like small in-the-canal types. However, they do use small batteries that do affect the duration of their use.

Hearing Aid Electronics

With digital electronics now encompassing most electrical devices, the same is true for hearing aids. As a result, most of the older analog units are being phased out. With digital technology, incoming sound is converted into digital codes that are analyzed by a computer chip and adjusted according to your specific hearing requirements.

Options for Hearing Aids

Today’s hearing aids feature options that can improve a patient’s ability to hear under specific conditions. Some key features include:

  • Directional microphones to improve one’s ability to hear in an environment with substantial background noise
  • Telephone adapters to make it easier to hear while on the telephone
  • Bluetooth compatibility to provide a convenient interface for devices such as cell phones

Before you purchase

  • Choose a reputable audiologist.
  • Be sure your hearing aid has a trial period.
  • Understand the warranty and what it covers.
  • Consider purchasing insurance to cover loss or breakage
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HEALTH ALERT:  COVID-19 (Novel 2019 Corona virus)

Attention:  Severn River ENT does not have the ability to test for COVID-19.  Please contact your primary care doctor, if you have concerns or questions about being tested.

1)  If you or your loved one is experiencing cough, shortness of breath, fever or other flu-like symptoms, and you already have a scheduled appointment with us, we are asking you to please call us instead of coming into the office. A medical professional will triage you over the phone, and determine the appropriate course of action.

2)  If you are over the age of 60 and/or have underlying medical conditions like diabetes or heart or lung disease, cancer, compromised immunity, we strongly encourage you to consider rescheduling your non-essential appointments for at least 10-12 weeks out.

3)  Please be assured that we are closely following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Maryland guidelines during this evolving COVID-19 crisis, and taking every precaution to protect the health of our patients and staff. 

4)Please go to the following websites for the latest updates:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://living.aahs.org/news/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
https://www.umms.org/bwmc/patients-visitors/coronavirus

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and remember to wash your hands frequently, and limit your social contacts in these ensuing weeks, as much as possible, in order to slow the spread of the virus in our community.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Thank you,
Dr. Kleiman and the medical team 
Severn River ENT

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