Hearing Aids or Hearing Devices in the Greater Montreal

The different types of hearing aids

Depending on the severity of your hearing problems, different models are available to you. Here are the main models available, based on the latest technologies.

Behind-the-Ear and Mini Behind-the-Ear Hearing Devices

Behind-the-Ear and Mini Behind-the-Ear Hearing Devices

Comfort & Versatility

Behind-the-Ear and Mini Behind-the-Ear Hearing Devices

Comfort & Versatility

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IIC, CIC and Peritympanic Hearing Aids

IIC, CIC, and Peritympanic Hearing Aids

Discretion with more features

IIC, CIC and Peritympanic Hearing Aids

Discretion with more features

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In-the-Canal and In-the-Ear Hearing Devices

In-the-Canal and In-the-Ear Hearing Devices

Aesthetics guaranteed

In-the-Canal and In-the-Ear Hearing Devices

Aesthetics guaranteed

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Continuous port device Hearing Aids

Continuous port device Hearing Aids

Just like contact lens for your ears

Continuous port device Hearing Aids

Just like contact lens for your ears

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BTE prostheses

Placed behind the auricle, this model is the best known.

Who is a BTE hearing aid for?

  • Effective for cases of severe deafness, but also suitable for mild and moderate deafness.
  • Easily handled for people who lack manual dexterity or suffer from tremors.
  • Perfect for young children.
  • Indicated for people with vision problems.

The advantages of BTE prostheses

  • Superior resistance to water, dust, and impact.
  • Connects to TV as well as mobile and home phones via Bluetooth.
  • Can accommodate more options than small devices (such as adaptive directional microphone, noise reduction, speech enhancement, etc.).
  • Large choice of colours.

Disadvantages of BTE prostheses

  • More apparent than other devices.
  • Have a greater tendency to be displaced with movement.

Battery life of BTE hearing aids: 10 to 15 days.

Some of these devices have rechargeable batteries. Just place them in their charging station before you go to bed. No more running out of batteries during the day!

Open-tipped BTE (or mini BTE) prostheses

They are similar to the BTE, but with a smaller case.

Who is an open-tipped BTE hearing aid for?

  • Suitable for the vast majority of hearing losses, from mild to moderately severe.
  • For progressive deafness: the earpiece is easily changed when hearing diminishes.
  • For those who have suffered hearing loss as a result of noise exposure.
  • For those who wish to integrate a masker or tinnitus manager into their hearing aids.

The advantages of open-tipped BTE prostheses

  • Do not obstruct the ear canal (allow for natural hearing of sounds and better ventilation of the ear).
  • Comfortable, even for eyeglass wearers.
  • Connect to TV as well as mobile and home phones via Bluetooth.
  • Can accommodate more options than small devices (such as an adaptive directional microphone, noise reduction, speech enhancement, etc.).
  • Disadvantages of open-tipped BTE prostheses

  • More apparent than devices in the ear.
  • Have a greater tendency to be displaced with movement.
  • Battery life of open-tipped BTE hearing aids: from 5 to 7 days.

    Some of these devices have rechargeable batteries. Just place them in their charging station before you go to bed. No more running out of batteries during the day!

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    Intra-auricular (or full concha) ear prostheses

    Made from one piece, these custom-made devices fit perfectly in your ear canal.

    Who is the Intra-Auricular Prosthesis for?

    • For mild to severe hearing loss.
    • For those who wish to remain active without being bothered by prostheses that get displaced with the movements of the head.

    The advantages of in-the-ear prostheses

    • Easily handled for people who lack manual dexterity or suffer from tremors.
    • Connects to TV as well as mobile and home phones via Bluetooth.

    Disadvantages of in-the-ear prostheses

    • More apparent than other prostheses that are worn in the ear.
    • Prone to whistling for severe or profound hearing loss (acoustic feedback), since the microphone and earpiece of the hearing instrument are close together.

    Battery life for in-the-ear prostheses: 10 to 15 days.

    Prostheses in the intra-channel ear (or half shell)

    Halfway between the in-the-ear hearing aids that fit in the concha of the outer ear and those that fit deep into the ear canal, the in-the-canal hearing aid is located in both the concha and the canal. It is smaller and more discreet than the full concha and is custom-made.

    Who is an intra-channel prosthesis for?

    • For mild to severe hearing loss.
    • For active people who do not want to be encumbered by prostheses that may get displaced with head movements.

    The advantages of intra-channel prostheses

    • They are easy to handle, but require a minimum of dexterity.
    • Connects to TV as well as mobile and home phones via Bluetooth.

    Disadvantages of intra-channel prostheses

    • Partially visible.

    The battery life of intra-channel prostheses: 5 to 7 days.

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    Intra-deep (or peritympanic) ear prostheses ICC or CIC

    The in-the-canal (or completely in-the-canal) is the smallest hearing aid on the market. It fits deep in the ear canal and is almost invisible. It has a nylon cord for easy insertion and removal.

    Who is the Intra-Depth Prosthesis for?

    • For mild to moderate hearing loss.
    • For people wishing to have almost invisible prostheses.

    The advantages of intradepth prostheses

    • Hold in place, even during intense physical activity.
    • Some models connect to TV as well as mobile and home phones via Bluetooth.

    Disadvantages of intradepth prostheses

    • Not suitable for people with small ear canals.
    • Not suitable for people who produce too much earwax (because it affects the performance of the unit).
    • More prone to moisture damage due to their deep position in the ear canal.
    • May cause a sensation of blocked ears.
    • Requires good dexterity and good vision.
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    Continuous (or extended wear) prostheses

    These sophisticated hearing aids are worn 24 hours a day and are placed precisely 4 mm from the eardrum by the hearing care professional.

    Who are continuous wear prostheses for?

    • For mild to moderate hearing loss.
    • For those with an active lifestyle.

    Advantages of continuous wear prostheses

    • Completely invisible, they will appeal to those who wish to remain discreet about their hearing problems.
    • Flexible and comfortable.
    • They will last 3 to 4 months, which is the life of their battery, after which they will be replaced by the hearing care professional with a new pair.
    • No maintenance is required.
    • Water resistant.

    Disadvantages of continuous wear prostheses

    • Contraindicated in cases of chronic otitis media, ear canal abnormalities, and allergies to certain metals.
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    The cost of hearing aids

    Several factors influence their price: the model chosen, the brand and the integrated technology (basic, intermediate, advanced, or premium), which notably offers various functions that improve listening, such as, for example, the attenuation of loud sounds, the emergence of speech in difficult situations or the changing of automatic settings according to the sound environment. The price of the prostheses includes the hearing aid practitioner's fees for their entire lifetime.

    Several organizations, such as the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec, the SAAQ, the CNESST and Veterans Affairs may reimburse part or all of the cost of hearing aids, as will some private insurance companies.

    Where to buy hearing aids

    In Québec, only hearing aid practitioners are authorized to sell hearing aids. This regulation protects, among other things, consumers from other health care professionals who might prescribe hearing aids to people who do not need them, simply to sell more of them.

    Hearing amplifiers VS hearing aids

    Beware of hearing aids sold in pharmacies or on online sales platforms, such as Amazon, for a fraction of the price.

    In fact, these devices are not real hearing aids; they are simple sound amplifiers. They increase the volume of the sound heard (whether or not the sound is useful to the wearer), but do not correct hearing issues like a prosthesis, which is considered medical equipment. On the contrary, they can mask the problem.

    While there are hearing amplifiers that can be truly beneficial under certain conditions, others can even contribute to hearing health deterioration. If you purchase one of these devices, be vigilant, as there are no regulations to ensure their quality and safety. In addition, an amplifier should never be worn for long periods of time, unlike a hearing aid, which must be worn all day, every day.

    Amplifiers sold in pharmacies or on the Web are not adapted to everyone's condition. By purchasing a hearing aid from a hearing care professional, you can ensure that you get a device that is fully adapted to your hearing. Based on the results of your hearing test and your history, your audioprosthetist will make the appropriate adjustments during follow-up appointments, and will repair your hearing aids as needed.

    Is it possible to buy only one hearing aid if only one ear has problems?

    Recent studies have shown that hearing is less likely to decrease when the ear is fitted with a hearing aid and therefore stimulated. Wearing two hearing aids may prevent the hearing in the "good" ear from diminishing over time.

    By opting for the bilateral port, you will also better understand speech in both quiet and noisy environments, and you will be better able to guess where the sound is coming from.

    If you have any doubts about your hearing loss, consult an audiologist or ENT specialist. Wearing hearing aids adapted to your situation will greatly improve your daily and social life, in addition to slowing down the deterioration of your hearing.

    * The hearing aids shown on this page may not be suitable for you. An evaluation performed by a hearing healthcare professional is required to determine which hearing aid is right for you.

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    * The hearing aids illustrated on this page may not fit your needs. An evaluation by an Audioprosthetist is required to determine the type of aid best suited for your type of hearing loss.