Hearing Improvement Technology

We at Seattle Hearing and Balance think about solutions to hearing problems. That means we think about hearing aids differently. We don’t feel that hearing aids are a one-size fits all medical device. Solutions to hearing problems are different depending on your age, hearing loss and communication needs. Everyone is unique, therefore hearing aids need to provide unique personal amplification.

The relationship and rapport between you and your audiologist becomes an important factor in achieving personal hearing solutions to meet your lifestyle and hearing needs. We thoroughly enjoy these relationships and find it a very rewarding journey.

When it comes to personal amplification devices, there are many options and features available to meet your lifestyle needs. Listening devices are programmed specifically for each patient and their hearing loss using validation methods to ensure a perfect fitting. These measurements are combined with the patient’s feedback to determine the most accurate settings for that individual. Our audiologists are trained in helping each patient decide what best meets their unique hearing loss, budget and determine which device best fits into their lifestyle.

Included with each personal amplification device purchase:

30-day trial period

Counseling and tutorial service regarding features and maintenance

Standard 1 or 2 year warranty and repair service, including programming and trouble-shooting

1 year loss and damage replacement


All personal amplification devices that we offer are high-quality, 100% digital circuits. Technology available in different devices includes:

Directional, omnidirectional, fixed and adaptive microphones for better understanding in background noise

Noise reduction systems to emphasize speech

Active feedback management to reduce whistling sound from device

Customized programs for different listening situations

Telephone setting for better communication on the phone

Styles of personal amplification devices

The style of device that is most appropriate for each patient will depend on several factors including the degree and configuration of the patient’s hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE): The instrument sits behind the ear and has tubing that attaches to an earmold that fits into the opening of the ear canal. A BTE device can be used with a mild to profound degree of hearing loss.

Traditional fit – standard earmold


Open fit – Receiver and/or dome in the canal



In-the-Ear (ITE): The instrument is one piece that fits into the ear and can be used for a variety of hearing losses. 

Full shell – fills up most of outer ear and can be used for mild to severe hearing losses.



Half shell: fills up half of outer ear and can be used for mild to moderately-severe hearing losses.


In-the-Canal (ITC): The instrument is one piece that fits into the ear canal and can be used for a mild to moderate degree of hearing loss.


Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC): The instrument is very small and fits completely in the ear canal. A CIC device can be used with a mild to moderate degree of hearing loss.



Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC): This is the smallest instrument and fits deep into the ear canal. An IIC device can be used with a mild to moderate degree of hearing loss.




Hearing Aid Manufacturers We Like:

Oticon http://www.oticonusa.com/

Widex http://www.widexusa.com/

Unitron http://unitron.com/content/unitron/us/en.html

Phonak http://www.phonak.com/

Starkey http://www.starkey.com/

GN Resound http://www.resound.com/