Because Hometown Hearing is an independent practice, when it comes to hearing aids, we’re a multi-brand office. We have the freedom to fit the best hearing aid for each patient based on their own individual needs, and we’ve worked with so many hearing aid brands and models that we have broad expertise across the market. Even if you wear hearing aids from a brand not listed on our page, we can still help you with maintenance and repairs. Whether you need hearing aids for the first time or are looking for a new specialist to help with your existing hearing aids, we're happy to help.
There’s nothing one-size-fits-all about hearing aids, so it's impossible to say that any particular brand or style is better than all others. Instead, what matters is what the patient needs. The best hearing aid for you is the one that helps you hear the best — and that’s something we’ll need to work one-on-one with you to find out. To choose the right hearing aid, we need to understand your hearing loss, your lifestyle, your budget, and what you want out of your hearing aids. Balancing these different factors will let us recommend the best fit, brand, style, and technology.
Every hearing aid brand has its own specialties. Often these are different technologies, but some brands offer products especially for certain hearing situations. None of the major brands are a bad choice. It just depends on what choice is best suited for your hearing.
Although we work with many different manufacturers, we do find that we have favorites at any given time. Right now the top three brands in our opinion are Starkey, Signia, and ReSound. They all offer comfortable hearing aids, reliable sound quality, and technological solutions our patients are loving. Most of the time, these are our go-to choices, although we’ve had great success fitting patients with hearing aids from other manufacturers depending on an individual patient's needs. If you’ve been wearing a different brand for years and you’d like to continue with it, no matter what the brand is, we can help.
Do you want a hearing aid that hides invisibly within your ear, or would you rather have something less delicate and easier to handle? Do you spend a lot of time on the move and need a hearing aid that will stay put no matter what, or are you worried about feeling like something's inside your ear all the time? Your answers to these questions will help us understand which hearing aid style will suit your needs. Some styles are better for more or less severe hearing loss, and some are available with additional technology options. The hearing aid style you choose will not affect the overall cost of your hearing aids, whether you opt for custom-fit hearing aids or a different model.
The styles we carry include invisible-in-canal (IIC), completely-in-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE), and receiver-in-canal (RIC). Of these styles, we find that we fit the majority of our patients with receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids, which are popular due to their comfort and sound quality. Up until recently, they've also been the only hearing aid style with Bluetooth capability, but it's now possible to get custom-fit ITE and ITC hearing aids with connectivity. RIC-style hearing aids are also the only rechargeable instruments.
Hearing aid manufacturers offer different levels of technology in all of their hearing aids, and that's the deciding factor in determining the final cost of your hearing aids. More advanced technology will come with a higher price tag, but it also means you'll benefit from more powerful features such as improved noise reduction and own-voice reduction. Because your hearing is how you connect to the world around you, we recommend saving up to buy the hearing aids that will give you the best experience possible, although we understand that your budget may limit what you can choose. Regardless of what hearing aids you choose, we offer no interest financing plans to help make your hearing aids affordable.
One of the great things about having so many reliable, high-quality brands on the market today is that they’re always competing to give patients the best experience. We love watching the new technology they come out with, such as iPhone connectivity or rechargeability, both of which have really changed the quality of life our patients enjoy now. Gone are the days when hearing-impaired people need to have someone else help them with phone calls or turn the television up louder than the rest of the family. Now, you can stream the audio from your phone calls, your television, or your music directly to your ears in stereo. It's been an exciting time for our industry (and for us; our hearing instrument specialist who wears hearing aids himself is thrilled at what a difference Bluetooth connectivity has made for him).