Hearing Aids

Hearing aids have the ability to improve your communication, relationships, and overall quality of life. Hearing aids take in sounds within your surroundings, process the sound, and relay it to your brain to be interpreted. With hearing loss your ability to take in and process sound is reduced. Hearing aids help with that as well as preserve your residual hearing. There is a wide range of devices on the market today, and many can be customized to your unique needs.

With so many options available to you, it is important that you visit a specialist trained in the latest advancements in hearing technology. At Dartmouth and Springfield Hearing Aids, we have decades of experience in the hearing aid industry and we can help you find the right hearing aids to suit you.

We will service any major brand of hearing aid, but primarily work with EarQ, Signia, Starkey, Oticon, and Phonak.

Signia hearing aids

Repair and Maintenance

Over time, your hearing aids will need maintenance. Regular cleaning will keep dust, sweat, and debris from affecting the technology. This will help prolong the life of your hearing aids and keep them performing up to standard.

If you have any issues, contact the Dartmouth and Springfield Hearing Aids office immediately. We do all our repairs in-house which means we can keep you updated and return your hearing aids to you quickly. We also try to work with you to resolve issues over the phone if you do not have time to come in for an appointment.

Hearing Aid Styles

There are four main hearing aid styles. Choosing a style will depend on your type and degree of hearing loss, which features you prefer, and your lifestyle.

Receiver-in-Canal Behind-the-Ear In-the-Canal In-the-Ear
EarQ RIC Hearing Aid

Receiver-in-Canal

This hearing aid style is very similar to the behind the ear but the receiver—the part of the hearing aid that converts the signals into audible sound—sits inside your ear. With the receiver in the canal you often get more natural sound compared with other styles. This style will often be smaller than the behind-the-ear as well, since the receiver is not part of the portion that sits behind your ear.

EarQ BTE hearing aid

Behind-the-Ear

In a behind-the-ear hearing aid, the processor sits behind the ear and houses the technology, and a small tube is inserted into the ear. Often times, these devices can hold more technology because of the housing that sits behind your ear. Another unique feature of this style is there’s no need for custom fitting, so some patients can take their behind-the-ear devices home the same day.

EarQ ITC hearing aid

In-the-Canal

In-the-canal hearing aids fit entirely within your ear canal. While this style is not completely invisible, the devices can be made quite small and many are nearly invisible. This is a great option if you are concerned about discretion. Because this style is smaller, there is less opportunity for added features; however, many of these devices still include premier technology.

EarQ ITE hearing aid

In-the-Ear

This style of hearing aid is often a little bigger than the in-the-canal style, but is still sits entirely within your ear, and there is no behind the ear component. Since this device sits in your ear, it provides a custom fit and is designed from a model of your ear. This style offers a great mix of technology, like smartphone compatibility, with a custom fit and small profile.

Adjusting to Hearing Aids

Like anything else, adjusting to life with hearing aids will take some time. At first, it may feel strange to hear the world through your new devices. Since you’ve been living with hearing loss, you have gradually gotten used to how you interpret sound. Once the sounds in your environment are adjusted, it can be overwhelming to hear everything at once.

EarQ hearing aids TV connection

For a smoother transition, make sure to wear your hearing aids regularly. If you feel too overwhelmed at first, trying wearing them for an hour or two at home, and then work your way up to wearing them in more public or social settings. The key is to never give up! At Dartmouth and Springfield Hearing Aids, we will be there for you every step of the way.

Batteries vs. Rechargeable Options

Hearing aids are powered in two different ways: small disposable batteries that need to be changed every few days, or rechargeable hearing aids that you put on a charger regularly—such as at night when you sleep.

We are big supporters of the rechargeable hearing aid options now available from EarQ, Signia, and Oticon. Never change hearing aid batteries again! Whether it's a matter of dexterity or convenience, not having to change or purchase hearing aid batteries regularly is a plus in our book.

Signia Cellion recharge green

When discussing hearing aids with the professionals at your local office, mention which option you’d prefer. It can be easier for busier lifestyles to charge your devices each night, much like you do your smartphone, instead of remembering to have backup batteries on-hand and maintain a changing schedule.

The EarQ Nx is a new hearing aid that includes advanced technology and processes sound differently from hearing aids of the past. This hearing aid is a small, discreet, receiver-in-canal style that offers a natural sound experience, both with your own voice and with the sounds of the environment around you. This device is designed to be compatible with multiple degrees of hearing loss, from mild to severe.

EarQ Nx hearing aids

The EarQ Nx not only offers an outstanding listening experience and sound processing, but also a range of connectivity that allows you to use your smartphone to control your devices. It even offers accessories to connect your hearing aid to your television and smartphone, offering wireless headphone capability with your device.

A few features include:

Own Voice Processing
The EarQ Nx processes the sound of your own voice separately from other sounds in your environment. This offers a more natural sounding own voice, and an ability to distinguish other sounds in your environment, allowing you to hear things as close to natural as possible.
Speech Quality
This allows you to hear speech clearly in all situations with noise suppression. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify specific speakers in a loud environment, even with hearing aids, but the EarQ Nx allows you to hear voices more clearly during conversations.
3D Classifier
This control helps you focus on voices and conversations while moving. This feature works with the apps motion data to adjust to your needs.
Sound Clarity
The EarQ Nx offers the most clear and natural sound in every situation, even in loud and chaotic environments.
Tinnitus
EarQ hearing aids have built in tinnitus therapy, which allows you to stream background sounds that can help distract you from tinnitus. Not all hearing aids have this feature, but many individuals with a tinnitus diagnosis find the therapy options in hearing aids to be very helpful in relieving their tinnitus.
myControl App
This app allows you to control your hearing aid settings directly from your smartphone. It is available for iPhone and Android devices, and works as a remote control for your hearing aids, which gives you added discretion when you need to adjust settings based on your environment.
myHearing App
This app acts as a set of support tools to help you adjust to life with your hearing aids. It includes the user guide, so you can familiarize yourself with your new devices no matter where you are. It also tips and listening exercises, and can connect you to your hearing healthcare professional on-the-go. This is great for those who need quick advice without an appointment.
StreamLine TV
This accessory connects to your television so you can stream the sound of your favorite shows into your hearing aids. When using this device, you can also control the volume with your myControl App, so your hearing aids function like wireless headphones without having to adjust the sound of the television in the room.
StreamLine Mic
This accessory is in the works and should be available soon. It works to provide a hands-free experience with all smartphones, so you can answer calls via Bluetooth. The device also works as a portable microphone which is useful in a variety of settings from the office to the classroom.
Mini Pocket
This accessory looks a lot like an automotive remote and provides quick access to basic hearing aid functions without needing a smartphone or larger remote control. It slips into a pocket and is great for on-the-go adjusting without navigating apps or other devices.



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