Our experienced doctors of audiology have met rigorous educational and training standards and are committed to maximizing your hearing health. They are proficient in all aspects of Audiology which include testing, counseling, and fitting of hearing aids. The core of our services are patient safety, quality health care and patient satisfaction.
Hearing tests help determine which areas of the ear are causing your hearing impairment.
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Kaiser Permanente members
- On Oahu, hearing tests are offered at Moanalua Medical Center and Clinic, Honolulu Medical Office, and Kailua Clinic. Please call 808-432-8000 to schedule an appointment.
- On Maui, hearing tests are offered at Wailuku Medical Office. Please call 808-243-6000 to schedule an appointment.
- Your hearing test is a co-pay based on health plan benefit.
Non Kaiser Permanente members
A hearing test is generally covered by your health insurance. Contact your provider. Please bring a copy of a current (within the 6 months) hearing test to your consultation appointment.
If you wish to be seen at the Hearing Service Center by Kaiser Permanente for your hearing test, there will be a fee. Please call 866-400-1760 (toll-free). The hearing test fee will be applied towards your hearing aid purchase.
Hearing Aids are powerful, carefully crafted devices designed to transmit sound from the environment into the ear. All hearing aids contain the same components but come in a variety of different styles that range from very small to larger.
Hearing Aid Styles
Receiver in the ear RITEs – “open fit”
Similar to a behind the ear hearing aid, but instead of a tube there is a wire with a speaker attached that sits inside the ear canal.
- Smaller than a behind-the-ear hearing aid
- Does not plug the ear like other styles
Behind the Ear (BTE) Devices
There are two components to a behind-the-ear hearing aids, the hearing aid and an earmold. The hearing aid hooks over the top of ear and rests behind the top portion of the ear and connects to the earmold through a tube.
- Capable of the largest amount of power
- Most visible style of hearing aid
FS (Full Shell)
FS aids are the largest of the custom family as this aid fill up the entire ear bowl. FS aids can accommodate the largest amount of loss of the custom family due to its larger size. They also typically can provide the most features such as volume control and access to a telephone switch.
- Most noticeable style of the custom family
- Larger battery
- Access to most features a hearing aid has to offer
In The Canal (ITC)/ Half-Shell (HS)
ITC and HS aids are slightly larger than CIC hearing aids but does not fill up the entire ear bowl. Generally, ITC and HS aids can accommodate a wider degree of hearing loss.
- Slightly more noticeable than a CIC
- Larger battery, typically longer battery life
- Access to volume control
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
CIC aids are the smallest type of hearing aid and one that is barely visible once placed in the ear. Generally, CICs are recommended for mild to moderate hearing losses and need a large enough canal to accommodate it.
- Less noticeable
- Smaller battery, need to change more often
- No access to volume control
How does it work?
Bluetooth technology automatically connects 2 devices to each other, wirelessly. Devices with Bluetooth technology connect to each other using radio transmissions instead of cables or wires making them wireless. Hearing aids now contain this type of technology. Hearing aids that have Bluetooth technology can connect to cellphones, television, automobile interfaces, landline phones, iPads, and computers. When hearing aids are connected to the cell phone, the phone can be used as a volume control and program changer.
In addition, patients can stream music, movies, and phone calls directly to their hearing aids up to 50 feet away. The Hearing Service Center works with hearing aid manufacturers that offer hearing aids that have this technology.
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