Your first office visit at Orlando ENT Hearing Center

At your first visit at Orlando ENT Hearing Center, one of our board-certified physicians will conduct a medical evaluation, and a comprehensive hearing examination in our audiology department. Our staff is friendly, caring, and dedicated to ensuring your visit is comfortable. We take the time to explain each step and provide hearing loss assessments on people of all ages, from babies to the elderly.

Hearing problems and hearing aids

If we think hearing aids may help you, we’ll then schedule a hearing aid consultation. Before your hearing aid consultation, start thinking about your hearing and how it might have changed over the last few years. We encourage patients to bring along a trusted friend or family member to provide another perspective and to help make your experience with us more comfortable.

At this appointment, you will discuss your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your listening needs. The purpose of this conversation is so that your audiologist can understand your case history and what you need from hearing aids. Your audiologist will then recommend hearing aids that are suited to your life.

Our team of hearing specialists

Our Hearing Center has been established to serve the Orlando community in all types of hearing conditions in both adults and children. Our team of certified audiologists, along with our ear, nose, and throat specialists, Dr. Bibliowicz, Dr. Waizenegger, Dr. Harrington, and Dr. Rabaja allows us to diagnose and treat complex hearing conditions that may require surgery or other advanced procedures.

A full scope of ENT services 

We welcome you to our warm, friendly hearing center in Orlando, where you can be confident that you will be under the care of a team of medical professionals skilled in treating all types of hearing conditions. Our scope of other services include:

  • Ear surgery
  • Nasal and sinus surgery
  • Allergy treatments
  • General ENT services
  • Head and neck cancer  

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Selecting your hearing aid

Almost any type of hearing aid can be matched with almost any level of technology, and a great deal of customization is possible.

We will work with you to find the right hearing aids for your budget, your hearing loss, and your lifestyle.

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids work with tiny microphones that make the environmental sounds louder. The sounds are then adjusted to suit your level of hearing loss with a specialized computer chip that amplifies sound, transmitting it almost instantaneously into tiny speakers, called receivers. The increase in sound level is customized to be appropriate for the type and extent of your hearing difficulties.

Types of hearing aids

Hearing aids come in many styles, prices, and a range of features. The right hearing aid for your hearing loss will be carefully selected from one of these categories:

  • CIC or mini-CIC (“completely in the canal”): These hearing aids are small, and the least visible of the options available. This type of hearing aid has the advantage of picking up less wind sound. 
  • ITC (“in the canal”): These hearing aids are molded to fit the patient’s ear structure. They are less visible than some styles and are offered with several added features. 
  • ITE (“in the ear”): These devices can include added features, including a volume control. An ITE is more visible in the ear than some other hearing aids and can pick up more wind noise.
  • BTE (behind the ear): These hearing aids rest behind your ear, with a tube that connects to an earpiece that is custom molded to fit comfortably in the ear canal. This option provides a greater capacity to amplify sounds.
  • RIC or RITE (“receiver in canal,” or “receiver in the ear”): These devices have a wire rather than a tube running from the section behind the ear. They come with manual controls to adjust volume.
  • Open Fit: These hearing aids are like a BTE but are manufactured to keep the ear canal open to allow low frequency sounds to enter, amplifying sounds with higher frequencies. They are visible and include a piece behind the ear and a specialized piece for the ear canal.

Hearing Aid Styles

Receiver in Canal (RIC)

RIC (receiver in the canal) styles discreetly sit behind the ear and are considered to be more comfortable than other designs. The open design allows for a more natural sound quality.

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  • Fits a range of hearing losses
  • Connects to your smartphone and other devices
  • Available with rechargeability and Bluetooth connectivity

Behind the Ear (BTE)

As the name suggests, BTE hearing aids sit behind the ear and are slightly larger in size than a RIC hearing aid. BTE hearing aids are connected to an earmold which delivers the sound to the ear canal.

Related Conditions:

  • These durable devices are typically fit to those patients with severe to profound hearing loss
  • They are a good option for those people with limited dexterity
  • Available with rechargeability and Bluetooth connectivity

In the Ear (ITE) or In the Canal (ITC)

Generally speaking, the ITE varieties are most suitable in cases of mild to moderate hearing loss. The size of the device is dependent upon the patient’s ear canal. The variations in size in these devices are accompanied by variations in features such as a directional microphone, manual controls, etc.

Related Conditions:

  • A good choice for those who may have trouble fitting a BTE/RIC style hearing aid
  • Patients with near normal low frequency hearing may experience a “plugged up” feeling known as occlusion
  • Some models may connect to your smartphone for technology integration

Completely in canal (CIC) / Invisible in the canal (IIC)

These hearing aids are placed inside the ear canal, making them the most well-concealed option. Often flesh-toned, these hearing aids blend well with the ear, making them an option for those looking for the most discreet hearing solution.

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  • Almost invisible to those around you
  • Requires batteries that are changed frequently
  • This style compromises technology integration because of the small design

Financing

We accept all major credit cards. We require half of the total amount in payment at the time of the fitting and the other half is due at the end of the 30-day trial period.

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