ENT Partners of Texas is dedicated to the health and safety of our employees and our patients. We are asking our patients to follow the national health care CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A wide range of technology and a host of features are available in each hearing aids style. The cost of hearing aids depends on technology and features. Today’s digital hearing aids are typically offered in various levels such as basic or entry-level to advanced or premium-level. Within each level, different technology and features are available.
Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aids responds automatically to changes in the listener’s environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid.
The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of technology increases in the hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.
When selecting a style the following is considered:
- The degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
- Manual dexterity and visual abilities
- Patient budget
- Skin sensitivities
- Anatomical and medical considerations
HEARING AID STYLES
Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today’s hearing aids are considered sleek, compact and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
IN THE EAR HEARING AIDS
Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.
BEHIND THE EAR HEARING AIDS
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or ear mold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.
EAR AND HEARING DISORDERS WE TREAT
Our ENT providers are compassionate and skilled in diagnosing and treating a wide range of ear and hearing disorders. Please click on the links below to learn more. For more information about any of these disorders and conditions or for questions about a condition not listed here, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Mon: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Tues: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Weds: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Thurs: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Fri: 7:30am – 3pm
We are closed on weekends.
ALLERGY CENTER HOURS
Mon: 8:30am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tues: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Weds 7:30am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 4:00pm
We are closed on weekends.
All allergy shots must be scheduled.
FRANK W. THEILEN, M.D.
Dr. Frank Theilen has practiced in Irving, Texas since 1987. He is a native Texan with many ties to the community. He has been recognized by D magazine and Texas Monthly. He serves as a clinical professor at UTSW Medical School. His special interests include the treatment of allergic and infected sinuses; obstructive sleep apnea and snoring; children’s ear and throat disorders; ear surgery; thyroid and parathyroid disorders.