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Bay Audio Australia works with leading hearing instrument manufacturers whose products meet our strict standards. We provide warranties, support and repair services for all the products we sell.

 

Choosing the right hearing devices depends on the degree of hearing loss, lifestyle factors and personal preferences. Bay Audio's employees are trained to help you choose the right hearing devices to best suit you. Hearing devices come in seven types. Click here to see descriptions and pictures of types of hearing devices.

 

Hearing device models

Digital hearing devices use a microphone to receive sound, which is converted to electrical impulses, amplified, and converted back to sound.

 

Historically, hearing aids amplified all sound, including unwanted sounds, which made them annoying to wear and discouraged people from wearing their hearing aids. But technology has come a long way from the days of frustrating distortion.

 

When hearing aid development went digital, there were vast improvements in sound quality and distortion was all but eliminated. Hearing devices are now smaller, more comfortable and the sound quality is fantastic. Consult a Bay Audio clinician to discuss the digital hearing instrument best suited to you. And because we are not affiliated with any particular hearing aid manufacturer, we can always prescribe the very best technology for your needs.

Should you require digital hearing devices, your clinician will explain what's involved in selection and fitting, and will talk you through what hearing aids cost – and whether you qualify for financial assistance.

 

What's involved?

1. If you need hearing devices, a Bay Audio clinician will help you select the best digital hearing aids for your needs.  

2. To get the best fit possible, the clinician may need to take an impression of your ear to capture an exact duplicate of its contours. Ordering the device may take up to two weeks, however depending on your hearing loss, some hearing aids can be fitted on the same day.  

3. A Bay Audio clinician fits your hearing aids and teaches you how to use them.  

4. Initial usage (up to a month) should be treated as a trial. Getting the best from your hearing devices takes time and practice as your brain acclimatises to hearing more. One of our clinicians will monitor your progress and fine-tune the devices so you get the most from your new hearing aids.  

5. Once you're up and running, your digital hearing aids should last four to five years.

 

Hearing devices come in seven types: (Click on the image to view larger picture) 

 

Behind The Ear

  

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

This hearing device is housed in a curved shell that sits behind each ear and delivers sound through a clear tube.

 

In The Ear

  

In-The-Ear (ITE) 

Easy to operate, even for users who find it hard handling small objects. ITE devices are housed in a custom-made shell that fits comfortably inside each ear, delivering sound directly to the ear.

 

In The Canal

  

In-The-Canal (ITC)

Barely visible, ITC devices are housed in a custom-made shell that fits comfortably in each ear canal, delivering sound directly to the ear. Though small, ITC devices are easy to operate, even for users with poor dexterity.

Completely In Canal

  

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

Fitted inside each ear canal, CIC devices are all but invisible from the outside. These miniature instruments are both powerful and cosmetically appealing, but forfeit some features, like manual volume control.

Open Ear Fitting

  

Open-Ear-Fitting (OEF)

A radical advance in hearing aid design, these ultra-small ear canal devices use sophisticated sound processing technology to set a new standard in comfort, and they look great too.

Receiver in the Ear Canal

  

Receiver in the Ear Canal (RITC)

Similar to the BTE hearing aid with one crucial difference, the RITC hearing aid speaker is inside the ear canal. This delivers sound right to where it's needed and is also smaller and less conspicuous than other hearing aids.

 Invisible Open Technology

  

Invisible Open Technology (IOT)

The world's smallest hearing device, the microphone and tubing follow the individual's ear contours, which make them virtually invisible. IOT allows air to travel in and out of the ear canal providing a natural listening experience.