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There are many types of hearing aids (see below) and many manufacturers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and each more or less suitable for different people and conditions. Your audiologist will recommend the best solution for you, based on your amount and type of hearing loss, your lifestyle, budget and other factors you'll discuss with your audiologist during your consultation.
We use Real-Ear Measurements to accurately program hearing systems. It measures the performance of the hearing aid in the ear using a small tube inserted into the canal, which is attached to a microphone. This allows the audiologist to develop a prescription, and to program the hearing aid accordingly.
We offer financing to assist with your hearing aid purchase. Once you receive your hearing aids, you're strongly encouraged to follow the use and care instructions provided during your fitting. And if you have any issues with your hearing aids, feel free to call our office. In case of malfunction, you're backed by the warranty from your hearing aid manufacturer. Below, you will find descriptions of the different types of hearing aids. See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
The IIC is a new kind of hearing aid that fits deep in your ear canal where no one can see it. Designed with the most advanced hearing technology, this invisible solution can be used for many levels of hearing loss.
This type of hearing aid was created for first-time hearing aid users, and those who feel self-conscious about wearing a hearing aid. It fits comfortably in your ear canal and it’s easy to remove for better ear health. IIC hearing aids are custom made, and suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Like the name suggests, the entire CIC hearing aid fits into the ear canal. There is nothing on the outside of the ear, making it virtually unnoticeable. The CIC hearing aid is custom-made to fit into your ear canal to ensure a perfect fit.
Most suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss, there are also some considerations with the CIC; they can be damaged by earwax and fluid draining from the ear, and they are small in size and may be difficult for some people to handle. Due to its small size and potential for damage, the CIC is not recommended for children.
With the RIC hearing aid, there is a small case that sits behind the ear, and a connecting tube between the case and the earpiece that is nearly invisible. The RIC can be made with one of two types of earpieces: one is a mold that fits into the ear canal. The other is an "open fit" earpiece. Some people find open fit pieces more comfortable to wear because they don't fit all the way into the ear canal, and don't give the same feeling of fullness in the ear canal. The RIC hearing aid is most suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Like the CIC hearing aid shown, the ITC fits into the ear canal, so there is nothing on the outside of the ear. The ITC is a bit larger than the CIC, but still mostly hidden from view. The ITC hearing aid is most suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. They are custom made to fit the shape of your ear canal, and can be made with a directional microphone to direct your hearing in a noisy room. Similar to the CIC, there are some considerations with the ITC. They can be damaged by earwax and fluid draining from the ear. They are small in size, and may be difficult for some people to handle. Because of the potential for damage and their small size, the ITC is not recommended for children.
The case for the ITE hearing aid sits in the outer part of the ear, and like the ITE-HS and BTE (below), can be made with a telecoil to hear better on phone calls, or with a directional microphone to hear voices better in a noisy room. These hearing aids are custom made, and suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. ITE hearing aids can be easier to handle than some other hearing aids if dexterity is a concern.
The ITE Half-Shell hearing aid has similar properties as the ITE hearing aid, but the half-shell is smaller. While the ITE fills the entire part of the outer ear, the ITE-half shell fills around half of the outer ear cavity. Like the ITE, the ITE-HS is custom made and suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. Due to its smaller size, the half-shell is more discreet than the full ITE, but may be more difficult to handle for those with dexterity issues.
The BTE hearing aid has a plastic mold that fits into the ear and a clear tube coming out and wrapping around the top of the ear. The tube goes into a case that fits behind the ear and holds the other parts of the hearing aid. The BTE hearing aid is suitable for people with moderate to severe hearing loss, and is especially good for those with severe hearing loss. The BTE can be made with special features like a directional microphone to help you hear better in a noisy room, or a telecoil to enhance hearing while on the phone. Because this hearing aid stays tucked safely away behind the ear, it is the preferred hearing aid for children.
Dr Anzola is outstanding. Dr Anzola has provided me with hearing aids that have improved my hearing dramatically. She does an outstanding job of adjusting them each time I see her. Her staff will always fit me in if I need some help. My hearing aids have made such an improvement in the quality of my life. I am most grateful to Dr Anzola.
- Linda B., Annandale, VA
Great Service with Outstanding Results. Lost my previous hearing aids so went to Dr Ana Anzola for help in getting new ones. Thanks to her I have new hearing aids which are extraordinarily better than anything I had before. She takes time to analyze your hearing loss and then creates the best solution tailored to your needs. I woukld recommend her to anyone who suffers from hearing loss problems.
- Thomas A., Mc Lean, VA
A five-star experience! I am a first-time hearing-aid user. I did not know what to expect but Dr. Anzola immediately put me at ease, explained the process and educated me on available options. I have been impressed with the follow-up services. The doctors and staff are friendly, efficient and professional. I have recommended Ascent to others.
- Kathleen S., Herndon, VA
A+++++ (that's 5) for service, professionalism, expertise, etc. I went to the office not really knowing what to expect. Marci Smith was the Audiologist and she is very personable and professional. I am almost please enough to travel to Rockville, her normal office. Everything about the people and office are really the best.
- Richard L., Falls Church, VA
All 5 stars! I purchased my Starkey hearing aids in Naples Florida where we spend part of the year. Audiology Associates located in Naples found Ascent in a directory. With the office close to where we live, I have come in twice to purchase supplies. Service was professional, courteous, and prompt. I will be back for continued purchases as well as service on my hearing aids if necessary.
- Richard S., Oakton, VA
Service is very good and quick. After service my hearing aid is in good condition. I satisfy. Thanks.
- Thuy D., Rockville, MD
Excelent practice. Dr Anzola is an excellent professional. I'm very happy with her professional practice and office. Before I went there, I visited many doctors and they never solved my problem. With Dr. Anzola my experience has been very good.
- Ana B., Bethesda, MD
Excellent! Highly recommend. I accompanied my mother for her initial exam and again when she received the hearing aids. I was very impressed with the amount of time spent and the attention to detail. My mother is not an easy customer and for her to be impressed also says volumes. Dr. Anzola listened well and carefully and responded to all questions and concerns. I was invited to sit in as the aids were prepared and how to use and care for them was explained. She took A LOT of time going over everything, answering questions, and explaining everything in detail. We never felt hurried or rushed. Our appointment was on a Friday late afternoon. What totally amazed us was on Saturday morning my mother got a call from Dr. Anzola. She wanted to see how my mother did after the appointment and in the morning. She asked my mother if she had any questions or concerns. A follow up from the doctor WITHOUT a call from us, was a pleasant surprise. I would highly recommend her.
- Dale L., Alexandria, VA
Dr. Anzola is very attentive, listens very carefully to what ou have to say, will answer all guestions and will change whatever that can be changed to accommidate your wishes. If you have a problem Dr. Anzola will squeeze you in as soon as possible.
- Mary M., Falls Church, VA
Overall - Excellent. Office is officially run and staff (Christine) always accommodating. Appointments are timely, so next to no waiting time. Very friendly but efficient and professional environment. Small waiting room but comfortable setting. Earing devices and testing process seem to meet excellent standards...Doctor Anzola appears very technically knowledgeable and competent.
- Linda G., Fairfax, VA
I Can Hear!!! Dr. Anzola and her staff have been unbelievably fabulous with me. They worked with me to make sure that I got the help I needed and got the comfort that I wanted. They've been there every time I've needed advice or help. And yes, I've already been recommending them to friends. Think you can't hear? Go get help - After 10 years, I'm hearing the birds again... I had no idea how much I'd lost and I'm so happy to have it back again!
- Sheldon C., Arlington, VA
They have gone out of their way to help me hear better. Many times I have called or gone to their office to correct a problem or answer a question.
– Lynda R., McLean, VA
Excellent service! Dr. Anzola is totally professional, helpful and experienced - it is a pleasure to use her services.
- Jane F., Mclean, VA
Dr. Anzola taught me how to use my hearing aid. Improving your hearing is more than purchasing an aid. I am very pleased with my choice to get assistance from Ascent Audiology for my hearing needs. Dr. Anzola is a teacher as well as a doctor. I highly recommend her practice.
- Carol B., Falls Church, VA
Great service, good listeners! My hearing aids are very comfortable. I've been wearing them now since Jan. 2013. Dr. Anzola is responsive to my questions and gives great customer service! Christina is so helpful and her calls to remind me of my next appointment are much appreciated. Thank you Dr. Anzola and staff.
- Craig R., Arlington, VA
Caring, professional audiologist Dr. Anzula guided me through the difficult transition of adjusting to wearing hearing aids. She made sure I had devices to fit mt needs and took the time and care to make sure I was satisfied.
- Rhett D., Mc Lean, VA
Outstanding in all areas. Dr. Anzola and her staff are well-trained professionals who are dedicated to providing a high level of service to their patients.She is not satisfied until her patient is completely satisfied.I am very pleased with the product and my relationship with Dr. Anzola and her staff
- David S., Fairfax, VA
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