Hearing Loss
STAGES &
TREATMENT SIMULATION

It’s easy to think you’re hearing fine when you’re not.

Click on these simulations to play common sounds with severe and mild hearing loss, and fully restored hearing.

Symphony

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Severe Hearing Loss

Music sounds muffled, and higher pitch sounds are often missing altogether.

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Mild Hearing Loss

Sounds at higher pitches are often missing, so music does not have the same depth of sound.

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Fully Restored Hearing

With proper treatment, the full range of notes can be enjoyed. Certain hearing aids have special settings for listening to music.

Daily Conversation

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Severe Hearing Loss

It’s as if the entire conversation has been turned down too quietly, making it very difficult to understand others without looking directly at them.

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Mild Hearing Loss

Sounds at higher pitches are often missing, making it especially hard to hear women and children.

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Fully Restored Hearing

With proper treatment, it is possible to hear sounds at both low and high frequencies – and to catch up on what you’ve been missing in conversation!

Nature

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Severe Hearing Loss

Often only the deepest and loudest sounds are heard.

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Mild Hearing Loss

Deeper, louder sounds make it through, but richness of background sound is often lost.

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Fully Restored Hearing

With proper treatment, it is possible to hear the full range of sounds from bold to background.

Hearing Loss Treatment Options

Like a glasses prescription, hearing aids are customized with special settings matched to your exact type and severity of hearing loss.

Hearing aids come in a range of styles, sizes and colors, making them more comfortable and less noticeable than prior generations.

Click on the types below to learn more.
Open-Fit and Traditional BTE’s
Available in a range of sizes and colors
  • Hard to see – rests behind ear with small clear tube entering canal
  • Range of colors to match hair, skin and fashion
  • Effective for all levels of hearing loss
IN THE EAR (ITE)
Available in a variety of colors
  • Custom made specifically to mold to the shape of your inner ear
  • Range of colors to match skin tone
  • Effective for all levels of hearing loss
IN THE CANAL (ITC)
  • Fits in the ear canal 
  • Very discreet 
  • Custom molded to fit precisely 
  • Effective for all levels of hearing loss 
COMPLETELY IN THE CANAL (CIC)
  • Fits deep in the ear canal
  • Virtually undetectable
  • Custom molded to fit precisely
  • Effective for all levels of hearing loss
INVISIBLE IN THE CANAL (IIC)
  • Fits invisibly in the ear canal
  • Virtually undetectable
  • Custom molded to fit precisely
  • Effective for all levels of hearing loss
Lyric (extended wear)
  • 100% invisible
  • 24/7 extended wear
  • Inserted deep within the ear canal by physician or audiologist
  • Water-resistant for showering
  • Pay through annual subscription
  • Effective for mild to moderate loss
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