Hearing Aids

Our providers at Hearing at ACENT carry products to treat a variety of hearing conditions and fit a variety of budgets. We carry a wide array of products for hearing protection as well as amplification (hearing aids) at our facility in Anchorage, AK.

If you are looking for a new hearing device or need service for an existing one, request a consultation at Hearing at ACENT using our online form, or call us at (907) 279-8800 to schedule an appointment.

Types of Hearing Aids

If your hearing evaluation indicated that you are a candidate for a hearing aid, your audiologist will review the types of hearing aids to help you choose the one that is best suited to your preferences, lifestyle, and needs.

Important: Certain types of hearing aids may not be suited to your specific hearing needs or ear anatomy.

Completely in the Canal (CIC)
Best Suited For Pros Include Cons Include
  • Mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Most discreet style because it is completely hidden inside the ear
  • Sound not distorted by wind
  • Often cannot be adjusted
  • Often lack advanced features
  • Small batteries may be difficult to handle and not last long
In the Canal (ITC)
Best Suited For Pros Include Cons Include
  • Mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Less noticeable than larger styles
  • Easy to insert and remove
  • Include adjustment controls
  • May make the ear feel plugged up if you are able to hear low-pitch sounds
In the Ear (ITE)
Best Suited For Pros Include Cons Include
  • Mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Longer battery life than CIC and ITC
  • Easy to insert and remove
  • Include adjustment controls
  • More visible than CIC and ITC styles
  • May make the ear feel plugged up of you are able to hear low pitch sounds
Behind the Ear (BTE)
Includes Receiver in Canal (RIC) and Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
Best Suited For Pros Include Cons Include
  • Wide range of hearing needs
  • Longest battery life
  • Good for patients who can hear low-pitch sounds
  • Greatest sound amplification
  • Include adjustment controls
  • Most visible style
  • Sound may be distorted by wind
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
Best Suited for Mild to moderate hearing loss
Pros Include Most discreet style because it is completely hidden inside the ear

Sound not distorted by wind
Cons Include Often cannot be adjusted

Often lack advanced features

Small batteries may be difficult to handle and not last long
In the Canal (ITC)
Best Suited for Mild to moderate hearing loss
Pros Include Less noticeable than larger styles

Easy to insert and remove

Include adjustment controls
Cons Include May make the ear feel plugged up if you are able to hear low-pitch sounds
In the Ear (ITE)
Best Suited for Mild to moderately severe hearing loss
Pros Include Longer battery life than CIC and ITC

Easy to insert and remove

Include adjustment controls
Cons Include More visible than CIC and ITC styles

May make the ear feel plugged up if you are able to hear low-pitch sounds
Behind the Ear (BTE)
Includes Receiver in Canal (RIC) and Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
Best Suited for Wide range of hearing needs
Pros Include Longest battery life

Good for patients who can hear low-pitch sounds

Greatest sound amplification

Include adjustment controls
Cons Include Most visible style

Sound may be distorted by wind

Our highly-trained providers look forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions.

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Hearing Aid Brands

We offer many top hearing aid product lines at our Anchorage facility, which include but are not limited to those listed in this section.


Signia / Siemens

Introducing Signia, the new brand from Sivantos, built on the solid reputation of Siemens who has been helping the world to hear for more than 130 years. The extensive product line includes models for every lifestyle and all configurations of hearing loss.


Learn about various types of hearing loss and how Siemens hearing aids can help.

Widex

Widex specializes in discreet, easy to use hearing aids with natural sound quality. This company developed the first fully digital in-the-ear hearing aid, and revolutionized wireless technology for hearing devices.


Discover how Widex hearing aids can improve your hearing.

Other Hearing Devices

We strive to be complete hearing providers for a comprehensive range of patient needs. In addition to offering hearing aids, patients visit us for other hearing devices:

Cochlear Implants

Board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Mark Lorenz performs cochlear implant surgery for individuals who may not benefit from hearing aids. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sounds, cochlear implants can enable hearing in individuals who are deaf or severely hearing impaired due to a damaged cochlea.

Westone Products

We carry a variety of Westone high-performance music monitors and hearing protection products. Top musicians and athletes around the world trust Westone to protect their hearing and enhance their performance.

We Service Hearing Aids: We have the training and technology to service most hearing aids, even if we don't carry the line in our office.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids are small electronic devices that are worn in the ear to improve or restore hearing. Sound comes in through a microphone, and the device converts it to electric signals. An amplifier changes the signals to make incoming sounds louder and clearer, and sends them to a speaker, which transmits the sounds to the ear.

What is the difference between an analog and digital hearing aid?

The main difference between the two types of hearing aids is in how the sound is amplified.

  • Analog hearing aids amplify all incoming sounds in the same way and may be set up (programmed) for different environments, such as those that are quiet or noisy. The settings are changed by pushing a button on the hearing aid. Analog hearing aids typically cost less than digital.
  • Digital hearing aids are high-tech devices that use a tiny, internal microchip to improve incoming sounds. This type can be fine-tuned to your specific hearing needs. It is smaller and uses less power than the analog hearing aid. Many digital hearings aids have advanced features such as Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones, TVs, music players, and other devices.

What is a telecoil?

A telecoil, also called a t-coil, is a small coiled wire inside a hearing aid that carries sound from a loop system directly to the hearing aid. The loop system has a special microphone that transmits directly to telecoil-enabled devices. This technology is especially helpful in a large or noisy environment, such as a concert, movie theatre, lecture, or house of worship.

The telecoil can be used in any environment that has a loop system installed. Look for the blue symbol.

Most types of hearing aids have the t-coil option, except for CIC and IIC hearing aids, which are too small to have telecoils.

Why do I need my hearing aid programmed?

Because hearing needs vary greatly between patients, hearing aids must be programmed before they can be used. Our audiology team will help you choose the type of hearing aid best suited for your needs and lifestyle and, crucially, optimize your hearing by programming them to fit for your specific prescription. Learn more about hearing aid fitting and programming.

Why do I need to wear my hearing aids even when I'm home by myself?

While it's obvious that hearing depends on the ears, a significant part of the hearing process happens in the brain. Your brain is always adjusting according to the tools it has available. That means consistency is very important when it comes to getting used to your hearing aids.

By wearing them as much as possible, your brain becomes accustomed to a variety of sounds processed by your hearing aids, which gradually helps your improved hearing become more natural to you.

Will my hearing aids help with tinnitus?

The unwelcome sounds from tinnitus, such as ringing, squeaking, or buzzing, are usually most distracting in quiet environments when there is no noise to drown them out. Some hearing aids have a customizable therapy feature that can distract your brain from the tinnitus in quiet environments. Ask your audiologist for more information if you are interested in this feature.

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