Elevated Hearing - Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about hearing loss and the eRITE™ hearing aid can help. Take a moment to read through the following information and do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions you may have.

I seem to hear just fine but I’m starting to miss a few things in everyday conversations. What’s going on and how can a hearing aid help me?

It’s a matter of hearing vs. understanding… At any age, we hear words by their low frequencies, and we understand these words by their higher frequencies. Without high-frequency sounds, spoken words become unintelligible mumbling. As we age, we tend to loose our natural ability to hear these higher frequencies as effectively as we hear the low-frequency sounds.

To be clear, “seasoned citizens” are not the only ones who struggle to hear. Hearing loss can occur at any age and even people with normal hearing struggle to understand speech in noise. But for most people who have earned their fair share of birthday candles, high-frequency hearing loss is a reality. The good news is that we just don’t have to take it sitting down… Hearing aids function better than ever and your Elevated hearing aids are particularly good devices, even if we say so ourselves.

Hearing aids of all kinds are primarily designed to increase the amount of high- frequency sounds more than they increase low-frequency sounds. The trick is to get the right balance of each so you can best pick out the high frequencies necessary for understanding without being subjected to unnecessary low-frequency interference.

How does our hearing evolve as we age?

Most age-related hearing loss becomes noticeable as a decreased ability to discern high frequencies where speech intelligibility resides. People with hearing loss complain that they seem to hear all right… they just have trouble understanding.

Why do hearing aids cost so much?

Traditionally, hearing aids were only available at a dispenser’s office. There, a hearing professional would typically perform various tests to assess the nature of the hearing loss and look for any red-flag medical conditions that may warrant further investigation by a physician. It’s a valuable service but when bundled with the purchase price, the high cost is something many choose not to pay. It’s one of the top reasons why people with hearing loss choose to do nothing about it. To many, hearing aids cost too much.

What changed? Why can I now get hearing aids directly?

Hearing aid technology has advanced to the point where custom programming is not entirely necessary. Manufactures have been competing with one another to make hearing aids easier for dispensers to fit on patients. This collection of features works so well, hearing aids can substantially fit themselves. Amazing, right? Combined with regular checkups with your family doctor, you can have an effective and healthy hearing solution at a fraction of the cost.

So… What is an Elevated RIC hearing aid?

The Elevated hearing aid is categorized as a Receiver-in-the Canal (RIC) style of hearing aid; the most popular of all Behind-the-Ear (BTE) style hearing aids.

Why are RIC hearing aids so popular?

They perform well, they are reliable, and they are robust. Used properly, you will receive many years of use.

What makes Elevated hearing aids different?

Elevated hearing aids come standard with an impressive array of features. Some are easy to spot, such as the small size, attractive shape and quality. Other features must be experienced, such as the sound quality that is derived from placing the receiver directly in the ear canal, the effects from the adaptive directional microphone array and the feeling of the best-in-class ear tips.