• Receiver-in-the-ear aids are the latest in hearing aids. They allow for a nice small unit to be placed
behind the ear with a small wire tip being placed in the ear canal. For many individuals these aids meet
aesthetic expectations while also meeting functionality needs. These aids tend to give a more natural
sound quality to the users voice.
• Bluetooth compatible hearing aids. Hearing aids at all price ranges can work with hands free
Bluetooth devices that are worn around the neck. These assist in hearing the cell phone and television
• Middle ear implants, (MEI), work differently than the hearing aids described above. A middle ear
implant is a small device attached to one of the bones of the middle ear. Rather than amplifying the
sound traveling to the eardrum, an MEI moves these bones directly. This results in strengthening
sound vibrations entering the inner ear so that they can be detected. Surgery is required and a
thorough consultation with an otolaryngologist to implant the device.
• A bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is a small device that attaches to the bone behind the ear. The
device transmits sound vibrations directly to the inner ear through the skull, bypassing the middle ear.
BAHAs are generally used by individuals with middle ear problems or deafness in one ear. Surgery and
a consultation with an otolaryngologist is required to implant this device.