With our partnerships with Michigan Ear Institute and others, the LHC offers a wide range of hearing aid models, types and styles.
The LHC primarily offers hearing aids from the following manufacturers: MD Hearing Aids, Phonak, Starkey, and GN ReSound. Each manufacturer has different types of hearing aids at different costs, and with different capabilities.
CIC (Completely in the Canal)
This is the smallest type of hearing aid made and is almost invisible in the ear. All the components are housed in a small case that fits far into the ear canal. This takes advantage of the ear’s own natural sound-collecting design and offers convenient telephone usage.
CICs are custom made for each ear; however, these hearing aids are restricted to persons with ear canals large enough to accommodate the insertion depth of the instrument into the ear. Also, the CIC style uses a very small battery that requires good manual dexterity. This type of hearing aid is not suitable for persons with severe hearing losses.
ITC (In the Canal)
A little bigger than the CIC, the ITC hearing aids also fit far into the ear canal. Canal hearing aids use a slightly larger battery than the CIC style. This style is used for mild to moderate hearing losses.
ITE (In the Ear)
These hearing aids can be used for a wider range of hearing losses. Due to their larger size, ITEs can accommodate larger sound amplifiers and more features such as a telephone switch. They are also easier to handle.
BTE (Behind the Ear)
In BTE hearing aids, the electronics are housed in a case that fits behind the ear. Tubing and a custom made earmold direct the sound to the ear canal. Due to its robust design, this style is especially recommended for children. BTE hearing aids can provide more amplification than smaller devices due to the stronger amplifier and the larger battery. This style is available in several colors for hair and skin tone matching.
How do I get Hearing Aid Assistance?
The Lions Hearing Center of Michigan offers hearing aids to individuals in Southeastern Michigan (Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties) needing financial assistance at significantly discounted rates. If you are interested in purchasing a hearing aid from the Lions Hearing Center, there are some steps to take:
Step #1: Applying for Financial Assistance
For those with low or modest income the Lions Hearing Center provides hearing aids at a significantly reduced price. An application for assistance can be obtained by contacting your local Lions club or by calling the Lions Hearing Center at (313) 745-4664. For a household of one person, if your annual income is less than $35,000, you will likely be eligible for financial assistance. If your household has more than one person, the annual income requirements are adjusted accordingly. Once we have received your completed application, you will be notified whether or not financial assistance has been approved.
Step #2: Hearing Test and Medical Clearance
Anyone wanting to purchase a hearing aid will need a recent hearing test (within the past 6 months) and medical clearance (from a physician). If you have already obtained this, then you should include copies of this information with your initial application for financial assistance, so that this will not need to be repeated. If you have not obtained this, then after your application is approved, you will be asked to schedule an appointment in the “Lions Clinic” at Michigan Ear Institute. You will be contacted directly by Michigan Ear Institute to schedule this appointment for both a hearing test and/or medical clearance from an ear specialist.
Step #3: Obtaining the Hearing Aid(s)
You have the option of purchasing either one or two hearing aids from the Lions Hearing Center. After your application has been approved, and a recent hearing test and medical clearance have been obtained, you will be provided the information to schedule your hearing aid consultation.