Now more than ever, hearing aids are easy-to-use, comfortable, and subtle. At Family Hearing Practice, we work with each patient to find hearing aids which fit their unique lifestyle and needs. Our practice is locally owned and operated by Dr. Allison Liberio, an experienced and premier audiologist. Together with her skilled team, Dr. Liberio will work with you or your loved ones to explore the hearing products available. It is her goal to give you an improved quality of life while preserving your remaining hearing.
Our practice is based in Flower Mound, TX, and welcomes patients from across the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have the skills and experience to treat patients of all ages.
How do I know I need hearing aids?
Does your hearing interfere with normal, everyday activities? Do you experience stress and anxiety when in large groups or at family gatherings? It is common for people who develop hearing loss to experience these symptoms. In addition to evaluating the effect your hearing loss has had on your life, it is important to consider what type of hearing loss you have experienced (conductive or sensorineural) and the degree of hearing loss.
What is it like wearing hearing aids?
There is a common misconception that hearing aids amplify the sounds around you, which is no longer true. With today’s hearing aids, you can expect to understand speech better in both noisy and quiet situations. Hearing aids do not restore your hearing to normal, but instead, increase speech to a more comfortable level.
It is best to wear hearing aids in both ears if you have experienced hearing loss in both ears. This allows for better understanding in noisy rooms, better localization, and an overall fuller sound.
Helping You Find the Hearing Aids to Fit Your Needs
Determining the best hearing aid for you depends on your individual hearing loss and listening needs, the shape and size of your ear and ear canal, as well as the dexterity of your hands. Our staff will partner with you to determine the best type and fit of aids for you.
The styles of hearing aids include:
Behind the Ear (BTE) Aids
These aids go over the ear and connect with tubing to custom-fitted earpieces. These aids are great for children, patients with moderate to profound hearing loss, or patients who have limited dexterity.
Receiver in the Canal (RIC) Aids
These aids have a newer design. Like the BTE aids, these are placed over the ear. However, they are extremely small and nearly invisible. These aids are particularly suited for those who have a high-frequency hearing loss.
In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
These aids fill the entire bowl of the ear and part of the ear canal. They are well suited for those with moderate to severe hearing loss or those with limited dexterity.
In the Canal (ITC) Aids
Also known as half-shell aids, these are a smaller version of ITE aids. These aids fit mostly within the ear canal and are well-suited for patients with a mild to severe hearing loss and those who prefer an in-the-ear style.
Completely in the Canal (CIC) aids
These aids are the least visible option, as they fit deep within the ear canal. Patients with mild to moderate hearing loss may find these most suitable.
Pairing Your Hearing Aids With The Outside World
Many modern hearing aids have telecoil “T” switches for telephone use and public sound systems. Other options, such as FM systems and Bluetooth devices paired with hearing aids, may provide the best benefit for some patients.