McGuire’s carries a wide range of hearing instrument styles
and technologies, developed by the world’s most advanced manufacturers.
This diversity enables our professionals to prescribe the best instrument
based on each individual’s hearing needs, not based on pressure
by a manufacturer-owned hearing device company.
The Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) - is the smallest, least visible
custom hearing device. These aids are very compact, yet have enough
power to be suitable for most hearing losses.
In-the-Canal (ITC) - is larger than a CIC, but still small
enough to be cosmetically appealing with enough power to fit a wide
variety of losses.
In-the-Ear (ITE) - is the most common of all hearing aid
styles and is made from a custom mold of the patient's ear which
fit securely in the outer ear. The I.T.E. offers easy positioning
and adjustment by the user as well as a variety of options such as
a telephone coil, which helps with communication on the phone.
Behind-the Ear (BTE) - is connected to a custom-made ear
mold and offers special programming and power as well as flexibility
for use with telephones and assistive listening devices (ALDs). This
model is suitable for virtually any loss, even the most profound.
ALDs are also useful for those patients who experience recurring
Open Fit - The newest advancements in
hearing devices allow us to provide an “Open Fit” in
our custom hearing instruments. The Open Fit permits
a natural resonance in the ear canal while virtually eliminating
occlusion (the sensation of being “plugged up”). This
provides a much more comfortable fit, and virtually eliminates feedback
while automatically adjusting for clearer sound of speech.
About Hearing Device Circuits
Digital Sound Processing (DSP) - the latest advance in hearing aid
technology. These 100% digital hearing instruments provide "CD
quality sound." It is the solution for clean and clear sound
reproduction, low distortion, and more precise fitting. These
state-of-the-art instruments utilize mini-circuits, allowing us to
fit any style hearing instrument to any level of hearing loss, including
the most profound.
Digitally Programmable - designed to provide two or more completely
different listening environment options ("noisy" and "quiet" for
example). Sometimes a remote control is used to adjust hearing instrument
It should be noted, however, that different hearing losses
respond uniquely to different types of circuitry. McGuire's hearing
instrument specialists and audiologists can explain which type of
circuitry options, such as directional microphones or feedback management
circuitry, for example, will be best for treating your individual
type of loss.
Hearing instruments may not provide the same benefits to all patients
nor will they "cure" hearing loss any more than eyeglasses "cure" impaired
vision. However, they can provide a wealth of benefits, including
maintaining clear speech understanding. Proper evaluation, selection,
fit and auditory rehabilitation are all necessary to achieve the
full benefits from your hearing instruments.
A hearing evaluation is the first step: If you know you have less
than normal hearing or suspect a hearing loss, a visit to our hearing
instrument specialist should be your first step toward better hearing.
Our clinicians will conduct a comprehensive
hearing evaluation to assess your hearing needs.
Once we have your comprehensive hearing test performed, we will
work together to determine your actual amplification needs.
Hearing instruments are available in a wide variety of circuits
and options. What one patient requires in his or her hearing device
may be completely different from another individual. A hearing device
your relative or neighbor has may not be right for you.
We are interested in your preferences and special needs. If background
noise is a problem, we can design a hearing aid to help you. If you
are concerned about the cosmetics of hearing devices, we have some
very inconspicuous options. If you need to hear a speaker who is
farther away, we have recommendations that will help.
In fact, today’s hearing devices are so advanced, nearly every
hearing loss can be helped with the use a hearing instrument.
Our devices are widely available in a range of styles and circuits
that complement your lifestyle.