Hearing Aid Overview

Hearing aids are an important investment in your health and wellness.

Providing ample hearing support, hearing aids help people stay connected to loved ones. These devices have experienced significant and exciting innovations over the years. They come in a variety of styles as well as offer a wide range of features that are designed to deliver enhanced sound quality and meet your specific hearing needs. Our experts will help you navigate your options and provide their expertise to recommend devices that can best support your hearing in everyday life.
What are the hearing aids styles?
A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid is a common device that you have likely seen before. It is worn behind the top of your ear. A thin tube connects to an earpiece that is worn in the ear canal. BTE hearing aids are a bigger hearing aid option that has more power and can perform greater functions. This is recommended for people with moderate to severe hearing loss.
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Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
Before the hearing test, your ears will be physically examined. This includes using an ear instrument known as an otoscope which shines a light, allowing us to fully examine the ear canal and eardrum. We inspect your ears and check for any factors that could obstruct sound from being fully absorbed and reaching the inner ear. This includes accumulated earwax, a tear in the eardrum, any growths, ear infections, etc. which can prevent sound waves from traveling through the ear canal to reach the inner ear. If needed, we’ll remove any earwax before getting started with the hearing test.
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In-the-ear (ITE)
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids come in full and half-shell options that are worn in the other portion of the ear. Hearing aid components are housed in either half-shell ITEs which are worn in the lower bowl of the outer ear or in full-shell styles which cover most of the outer ear. These hearing aids are recommended for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
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In-the-Canal (ITC)
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are tailor-made to the shape of your ear. Custom molds or impressions are taken of your ear which is used to custom make this device. This ensures a perfect and comfortable fit in your ear canal. There are a few styles including complete-in-canal (CIC) and invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids. All of these devices are worn in the ear, placement varied depending on the style. These devices are best for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
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Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)
Receiver-in-canal (RIC) also referred to as receive-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids are a type of BTE device, but smaller. The amplifier and microphone sit in a case behind the ear while the speaker is worn in the ear canal which allows both pieces to be smaller. RIC hearing aids are recommended for people with moderate to severe hearing loss.

What are digital hearing aids?

As technology continues to advance, digital hearing aids are becoming much more common and preferred. Analog hearing aids amplify sound so that the ear receives louder signals. This hearing aids equally amplify all sound waves which doesn’t allow for as much adjusting. This differs from digital hearing aids which convert incoming sound waves into digital signals. These signals can then be manipulated in various ways to meet the wearer’s hearing needs. Digital hearing aids can perform complex functions like separating and reducing background noise and changing sound frequencies to deliver enhanced sound quality.

Digital hearing aids also offer numerous innovative features that increase connectivity and overall experience. Common features include Bluetooth connectivity, digital noise reduction, voice recognition, tinnitus management features, and much more. Our experts will discuss digital hearing aids and the range of features that can benefit your hearing in everyday environments.

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Steven Lopez
Steven Lopez
November 5, 2021.
I had been able to obtain hearing aids from other resources. But with a serious case of tinnitus and a loss of hearing high pitched sounds, I decided to try and enhance my quality of life by seeking a stronger solution to those problems. Jeff has absolutely, and professionally, helped with those ailments. His treatment and relationship with me is professional yet "old school" caring and courteous. Any problem is quickly taken care of. While there is no cure for tinnitus I feel Jeff has given me the best solution for moving forward with minimum discomfort. I can now enjoy my grandkids even more. I highly recommend Jeff and the Glendora Advanced Hearing Aid Center.
Guy Bryant
Guy Bryant
June 30, 2021.
After visiting Advanced Hearing Aid Center and meeting with Jeff Kim, I knew I was dealing with a true professional. He takes his position very seriously, is current with technology and understands all the products available in the market. He’s a sommelier in the hearing business if you will and pairs your hearing needs with the right hearing aids. Extremely impressed with every interaction with Jeff and would recommend Advanced Hearing Aid Center in Glendora to anyone that requires assistance with any hearing issues.
Imran Ali Khan
Imran Ali Khan
May 19, 2021.
This is an excellent hearing aid center - the office is friendly and professional. I had the pleasure of seeing Jeff Kim HIS at the Advanced Hearing Aid Center, and he is great! Both of my hearing aids (ReSound LiNX Quattro) went through the tests and he explained everything that was going on. I felt at ease and I knew I was in good hands. If you are thinking about getting your hearing aids test or believe you are suffering from hearing loss, you should definitely give Jeff Kim a call. 👂🏼 #AdvancedHAC #CheckYourHearing #HearWellStayVital #ReSound
Joseph Tanous
Joseph Tanous
April 28, 2021.
I had contacted Jeff in need of some hearing aid maintenance and hearing tests performed as it was years since seeing an audiologist. Jeff was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating with all of my needs. It is hard nowadays to find an audiologist who is up to date on all there is to know and that has multiple resources under their belt, I was extremely satisfied with my visit that Jeff and Advanced Hearing Glendora will now be my go to spot for all audiology and hearing aid needs!
gary lewis
gary lewis
March 26, 2021.
While searching for a hearing aid specialist I chose Advanced Hearing Aid Center do to fact they didn't have a 2 week waiting list. Jeff has got to be the greatest person I have ever dealt with in the medical care profession. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in his field, he takes his time and really makes you feel that your hearing is as important to him as it is to you. If you need hearing aids Jeff is the one to see!
Deb Legarra
Deb Legarra
March 19, 2021.
I have been going to Advance Hearing Aid Center in Glendora for several years. I have found Jeff to be very helpful in getting the right type of hearing aid when I needed my old one replaced. He explained in detail how the new one worked compared to the old one. I have been impressed by his level of service. I highly recommend him. Note: This is Richard Legarra and I don't know why it comes up with my wife's name. I cannot change it.
Paula Jean Mojarro
Paula Jean Mojarro
March 17, 2021.
My husband has been a patient of Dr. Kim's for over a year now and we have the highest regard for Dr. Kim and the Advanced Hearing Aid Center. He has always treated my husband with great care and compassion and has always guided us in the right area where my husband's hearing is concerned. We have been to other hearing centers in the past and were not satisfied. We highly recommend Dr Kim - Advance Hearing Aid Center
Kate Patton
Kate Patton
October 25, 2019.
I love coming here to see Jeff, he TRULY cares about each patient and goes above and beyond to make sure each patient has the best experience and hearing outcome! I have referred numerous people to Jeff and they say the same thing. If you want a TRUE PROFESSIONAL who cares you’ve found the right place for your hearing aid needs.