Budget Hearing Centers in Bloomington, MN
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10800 Normandale Boulevard, Suite 103M | Bloomington, MN 55437
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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10800 Normandale Boulevard, Suite 103M
Bloomington, MN 55437

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Call to Schedule an Appointment

10800 Normandale Boulevard, Suite 103M
Bloomington, MN 55437

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Call to Schedule an Appointment

Hearing Aid Types

Hearing aids come in two general categories, Behind-The-Ear (BTE) and Custom. Within these categories are sub-categories, each containing individual features and capabilities to aid with different types of hearing losses. Below is a summary of each of the different types.

Receivers in the Canal and Full Size Power BTE’s.

These type of hearing aids, also known as non-custom, are now more popular than ever due to the reduced size and increased capabilities.  Ranging from small almost invisible Receivers in the Canal or RIC types to powerful full-size Behind the Ear or BTE hearing aids.  Both types of hearing aids come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other unique designs to suit personal styles.  Even though Rics have become more and more powerful now capable of reaching some of the more extreme hearing losses.  Power BTE’s are still the preferred choice for more severe and profound hearing losses.  First are the Rics.

Receivers in the Canal (Rics)

Available in two sub-categories Slim Tube and Receiver-In-The-Canal more commonly referred to as RICs.  Slim Tube sends sound through a hollow tube, keeping the receiver in the hearing aid body.  The RIC produces sound close to the eardrum by placing the receiver at the end of the tube.  Ric’s are by far the most popular hearing aids prescribed today.  Up to 80% of hearing loss patients prefer Rics.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 312, 13 or 10

Receiver in the Canal                                                                             Almost Invisible

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

 

 

Mini Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

 

Full-Size BTE

For severe to profound hearing loss these powerful hearing aids are the answer.  They offer a wide range of features and manual controls.  A custom ear mold made from an impression of the ear is required for this class of BTE hearing aids.

Hearing Loss: Severe to Profound
Battery Size: 13 or 675

Standard BTE                                                                                BTE Ear Mold

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

 

Custom Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are no longer one-dimensional instruments that all look the same.  Today’s digital devices are available in a wide range of sizes and styles.  They can even be found in colors other than beige!  Regardless of the degree of hearing loss there are many types that will fit into a person’s lifestyle needs, cosmetic preferences and budget.

Each Manufacturer makes Custom Hearing Aids which are available in many styles and models.  Rather than specify models by manufacturer as was done with the Rics, we believe it is more meaningful to outline each style rather than product name.  As always Budget Hearing Center pricing begins at $1,000.00 a pair with the Top of the Line Models not exceeding $3,6000.00 a pair.

 

Completely in the Canal Hearing Aids

CIC hearing aids are the smallest and most popular custom hearing instruments sold.  This is mainly due to the discreet fit they offer.  The standard CIC hearing aid has advanced to a point where it is now wireless and can be controlled by remote control.  As technology has advanced the range of the losses served has increased significantly over the last few years into the lower moderate levels.  In addition, microphone capabilities have been improved to give patients much better directionality and clarity.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Moderately Severe
Battery Size: 10

CIC in a Popular Color

Invisible hearing aids

   Amazingly Small

Custom Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

CIC hearing aids in Bloomington, MN

 

ITC (In-The-Canal)

ITC hearing aids are generally prescribed for people that are unable to wear CICs due to canal restrictions or need more powerful hearing aids.  Many features are available all the way from wireless Bluetooth connectivity to directional microphones for enhanced sound detail.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 312

Standard ITC

 

ITC Hearing Aid

ITC Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

 

Half-Shell

Half Shell hearing aids are somewhat larger than an ITC hearing aid.  Some ear shapes and losses are better served by this type of hearing aid opposed to an ITC.  The half-shell hearing aid is much easier to insert for patients that have arthritis, spatial orientation problems and the need for more power/options.  Due to its size it is less adpt to fall out without the user detecting it.  These hearing aids commonly come equipped with manual volume and environmental controls, Bluetooth and will be rechargeable in the near future.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Profound
Battery Size: 312 or 13

Half Shell Hearing Aid

Half-Shell Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

 

Full Shell Hearing Aid

The full shell hearing aid is the largest sized custom hearing aid with the most powerful circuitry.  The shell design traps sound by producing a true pinna effect much the same as the natural ear shape does, i.e., like a catcher’s mitt.  Over the years the full shell hearing aid have given way to the half shell due to the advances in technology.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Profound
Battery Size: 13

Full Shell Hearing Aid

Full Shell Hearing Aid in Bloomington, MN


What  is the best hearing aid for me?

When it comes to hearing aids there are test results, multiple features, manufacturer’s styles and models available to suit different hearing loss needs.  We are completely unbiased with our suggestions having 8 major brands to find the correct answers.

At Budget Hearing Centers we take all these factors into consideration and importantly what you feel comfortable with!    As 100’s of patients have over the years, we are confident you will be happy with your outcome.

This Chart May Give You Some Additional Information!

Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
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