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Hearing Technology

Our Philosophy on Hearing Aids and Amplification

At the Wichita Ear Clinic, we know how important hearing is to our patients' relationships and quality of life. This is why we offer the most advanced solutions for every type of hearing loss. We will always take care of our patients in an honest and competent manner. Follow-ups for adjustments and cleanings are FREE for the life of your hearing aids. Our caring and knowledgeable audiology staff will see you if there are ANY issues with your hearing or hearing aids. We do not work on commission so we will recommend what is best for you based on your needs and hearing loss, not what costs you the most. CONTACT US at 316-686-6608 today to work with reputable professionals who truly care about you and your hearing.

LYRIC® HEARING
Invisible. Effortless. 24/7.


Lyric is the world's first 100% invisible extended wear hearing device, The device is comfortably placed in the ear canal, no surgery or anesthesia is required. Lyric can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to 4 months at a time (individual replacement needs may vary.) Unlike many other hearing aids, Lyric is positioned deep in the ear canal and uses your ear’s anatomy to provide exceptional sound quality. Lyric lets you hear better and live life to the fullest! Lyric is not appropriate for all individuals; make an appointment with us today to determine if Lyric is right for you.

For more information about Lyric, please visit www.lyrichearing.com.

Digital Hearing Aids

There are many sizes, styles, and types of digital hearing aids now available. Technology has improved dramatically over the past 3 years, providing individuals with more help in the areas of background noise and speech understanding. Digital hearing aids with directional microphones have improved the quality of sound for many patients who wear amplification. Digital aids provide enhanced sound quality, low distortion and a major reduction in noise. Digital hearing aids do not need a volume control as they make all the necessary adjustments for you, instantly and automatically. A digital hearing aid is actually a small computer that can steer hearing toward speech and away from noise. The result is amplification that is fitted to each individual's level of hearing loss and that assures balance and harmony in the replication of sound. However, not everyone is a candidate for a digital hearing aid. The selection of an appropriate hearing device is dependent on the type of hearing loss present and the individual's personal needs. There are several other types of technology available, including cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA) and Bluetooth devices which can really open up your hearing world when coupled to the right hearing aids. Digital Hearing Aid Information.

Bluetooth Technology

Most of today's mid-level to premium digital hearing aids are bluetooth compatible. Bluetooth is just a fancy word for wireless connectivity between electronic devices. It sounds intimidating but is very easy to use and has been a wonderful benefit to those with hearing loss. With bluetooth you can listen to phone calls through both ears without even picking up the phone, you can watch TV with no background noise at all and you can visit with company at restaurants with ease. Most hearing aid manufacturers now carry bluetooth and there are new applications for it all the time. Below is a picture of bluetooth accessories and a link to a website for more information. Bluetooth Information.
Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant provides a perception of sound to those who would not otherwise have access to sound, i.e. those with a profound hearing loss. The implant changes sounds into electrical pulses which stimulate the auditory (hearing) nerve directly. The auditory nerve sends these coded electrical pulses to the brain, which is where we really “hear.”

The cochlear implant device has two pieces. One piece (internal receiver/stimulator) is implanted into the inner ear during a surgical procedure. The other piece, the speech processor and transmitter/coil, is worn on the outside. Each piece has a magnet. The two magnets attract across the skin, and communicate via radio signals sent across the skin. Dr. Richard Cummings, former Wichita Ear Clinic physician, implanted the first Cochlear Implant in Kansas in 1987.

Cochlear Implant Information1 and Cochlear Implant Information2
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
Bone, like air, can conduct sound vibrations. For people with hearing loss, this provides another pathway to perceive sound. Typical hearing aids rely on air conduction and a functioning middle ear. In cases where the middle ear function is blocked, damaged or occluded, the BAHA system may be a better option, as it bypasses the outer and middle ear altogether. Instead, sound is sent around the damaged or problematic area, naturally stimulating the cochlea through bone conduction.

Once the cochlea receives these sound vibrations, the organ ‘hears’ in the same manner as through air conduction; the sound is converted into neural signals and is transferred to the brain, allowing a BAHA recipient to perceive sound. BAHA works great for patients with single-sided deafness or inoperable conductive hearing loss. BAHA Information
Types of Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss:
This type of hearing loss is caused by a problem with the ear canal, eardrum, middle ear, or the hearing bones. The cochlea and auditory nerve function normally. Common causes include wax, middle-ear fluid or infection, a perforated eardrum, or poor mobility of the hearing bones.
Sensory Hearing Loss:
This type of hearing loss is caused by a problem within the sensory organ, or cochlea. Most hereditary hearing losses are caused by problems with the cochlea. Noise exposure and aging also frequently result in this type of loss.
Mixed Hearing Loss:
This type of hearing loss has features of both conductive and sensory hearing loss.
Neural Hearing Loss:
This is an uncommon cause of hearing loss. The problem involves the auditory nerve itself. Demyelinating diseases (such as multiple sclerosis) and tumors (such as acoustic neuromas and vestibular schwannomas) account for the majority of neural hearing losses.
Central Hearing Loss:
This hearing loss is sometimes referred to as a central auditory processing disorder. Peripheral hearing is normal. However, the person has a problem processing the sound information and therefore often has difficulty understanding.