HEARING AIDS

HEARING AIDS

Hearing Aid Services at Rapid City Medical Center

At Rapid City Medical Center we use state of the art hearing evaluations to ensure proper treatment of hearing disorders. We also have the ability to fit you with the latest hearing technology to ensure hearing improvement.

The links below are provided to help educate you about hearing impairments and services we offer for your individual hearing needs.

Audiologists

Nancy Gwaltney

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Technology

At the Rapid City Medical Center we have the most comprehensive hearing technology equipment in the Black Hill, in order to better serve our patients.  We have a wide variety of hearing aid styles. Different styles include behind-the-ear, over-the-ear, custom in-the-ear, and completely in-the-ear styles. When choosing a hearing aid, we understand comfort and appearance of the hearing aid are important factors. The level of technology should also be put into consideration when choosing a hearing aid.

Digital Signal Processing

Technology available for hearing aids has improved immensely in comparison to older models. You may know someone who has a bulky beige hearing aid behind the ear or in the ear, that person could never seem to hear well. These disadvantages have been individually addressed, in order to improve hearing quality for patients.

New digital hearing aids have a tiny computer chip inside, capable of processing millions of operations per seconds. This feature gives your audiologist the capability of programming specific programming for your individual needs.

Typically the number one concern for those with hearing loss is the ability to understand people in noisy environments. Digital technology has three distinctive features that set them apart from traditional hearing aids. The first advancement is directional microphones. With directional microphones, the microphones are amplifying the sounds in front of you, decreasing background noise behind you.  The second feature of digital technology includes digital sound processing. Digital sound processing if able to identify speech-like frequencies or pitches, amplifying speech above other non-speech sounds.  The third feature digital technology has to offer is the "noise manager" feature. These digital processors are listening to your environment and have the ability to reduce multiple noise sources at one time.

Digital technology offers several other benefits such as adaptive feedback technology, which is important with a patient experiencing a 'whistling' problem with hearing aids. This advancement in heading aids have fast feedback cancellers allowing hearing aid users to talk on the phone with the quick press of a button, instead of using a telephone mode.  Hearing aids now come with a low battery indicator alarming the user when the battery is running low.

Depending on your typical daily activities, and the amount of hearing loss, we offer three levels of technology to choose from.

Basic: Basic digital hearing aids are great for simple listening environments, quiet home activities, and quiet one on one and small group conversations.

Mid-level: Mid level hearing aids work best with a slightly more active person. One who attends meetings, religious gatherings, and visits restaurants.

High-end: High end hearing aids work with an active person. One who attends sporting events, converses in large groups and large meetings, often eats in busy restaurants and regularly attends religious gatherings.

Individual success with hearing aids varies depending on the type and severity of hearing loss. Proper testing and fitting of hearing aids are important to ensure optimal results when shopping for hearing aids.  It is important to have realistic expectations about hearing aids, and a complete understanding that no hearing aid on the market can completely restore your normal hearing. To analyze which hearing aid will best fulfill your individual needs, contact our office today for a consultation with our qualified audiologist at the Rapid City Medical Center.