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Hearing Aids

Hearing aids

Accurate and timely diagnosis is key to effectively treating hearing loss. Research indicates that, barring medical conditions treatable with medication or surgery, 95% of hearing loss cases can be effectively managed with hearing aids. Properly fitted hearing aids not only enhance the quality of life but also bolster cognitive functions. In fact, about 90% of hearing aid users report significant improvements in sound perception, leading to an overall enhanced quality of life.

Don’t let the stigma of hearing loss distance you from your loved ones or diminish your enjoyment of life. Investing in your hearing health is investing in your overall well-being!

What is a hearing aid, and how do they work?

hearing aids

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It is designed to improve your hearing by making some sounds louder so that you can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities.

A hearing aid consists of three basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The microphone in the device picks up the sound in the environment and changes it to electrical energy that goes to a set of amplifiers and other modifying and adjusting circuits. The modified electrical signal is then sent to a miniature speaker (called a receiver) and delivered to the ear. The newest aids are smart enough to amplify certain sounds or frequencies that are tailored to each hearing loss. 

What benefits do hearing aids offer?

At our Centers, we offer state-of-the-art hearing aids in various technological levels, colours, and styles. Our modern hearing aids provide:

  • Exceptional sound quality with impressive naturalness.
  • Comfortable and virtually invisible fit.
  • Crystal-clear speech clarity, ensuring comfortable listening experiences.
  • User-friendly operation for effortless handling.
  • Wireless connectivity options with TV, phone, and the internet for seamless audio integration.

Experience the remarkable combination of technology and comfort designed to enhance your auditory world.

How to choose the right hearing aid?

Hearing aids are available in a wide variety of styles and in a range of sound processing technologies. Selecting a style that is right for you depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The severity and configuration of your hearing loss
  • The size and shape of your ear
  • Your personal preferences
  • How well you can use your finger and hands (manual dexterity)
  • Selecting the correct new hearing aid technology  

We are here to help you choose the BEST solution for you!

What are the types of hearing aids?

There are two basic types of hearing aids: Behind-the-ear and In-the-ear. They are named based on the position in which they are fitted.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTE)

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are the most recognized hearing aid devices. They are housed in a curved case that fits over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. This device is appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss and individuals of all ages. They can be worn easily, even by people who wear glasses, and nowadays they are smaller, more discreet and stylish than ever before. 

BTE hearing aids send sound into your ear in one of three different ways:

  1. Through a standard tube (clear and flexible) connected to an ear mold (custom made) that fits inside your ear.
  2. Through a thin sound tube connected to a small soft tip (dome) that sits inside your ear canal. This is known as an open ear fitting (OF). This leaves the ear “open” and reduces problems with occlusion (stuffy or barrel feeling) leading to more natural sounding amplification. The microphone, amplifier/speech processor, and receiver are housed in the hearing aid itself and the sound is delivered into the ear canal via the thin tubing/dome assembly.
  3. Through a thin wire, which runs from the hearing aid to a small receiver (speaker) that fits into the ear canal by a soft tip (dome). This looks almost identical to the OF style except that the speaker is separated from the hearing aid. The terms for this type of aid is RIC (Receiver in the ear) or RITE (Receiver in the canal). The main advantage of this style is that because receivers of different power levels can be used, a greater range of levels of hearing loss can be treated successfully.

In the Ear or Canal Hearing Aids (ITE)

In-the-Ear (ITE) or Canal Hearing Aids are custom-fitted devices designed to sit comfortably inside the ear canal, offering a discreet and natural listening experience. These aids are tailored to the shape of your ear for a personalized fit, ensuring maximum comfort and optimal sound quality. Ideal for users looking for an easy-to-handle device, they provide powerful performance while remaining virtually invisible to others.

Ενδωτιαία ακουστικά βαρηκοΐας (ΙΤΕ – In The Ear)
  • Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids are new and fit very deeply in the ear canal making them invisible. IIC aids are only suitable if you have a mild to moderate hearing loss and they may have limited features. If you are interested in hearing aids that fit inside your ear, an audiologist will help you to decide which type is best for you. It will depend on your hearing loss, the size of your ear canals, your lifestyle and how much money you wish to spend.

  • Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are custom designed and fit the furthest down into the ear canal making them almost invisible. Any problems of wind noise and feedback on the telephone are reduced. CIC devices are most successful in people with ear canals large enough to accommodate them. This style is suitable to treat mild to moderate hearing loss, although some manufacturers have power CICs to treat more severe losses.

  • In-the-canal (ITC)

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are custom designed, smaller in size, and fit further down into the ear canal. They are less visible than ITE devices but because they are smaller they cannot accommodate a wide variety of features and are therefore generally only suitable to treat mild to moderate hearing loss. All the components are housed within a single plastic shell.

  • In-the-ear (ITE, half shell or full shell)

In-the-ear (ITE, half shell or full shell) hearing aids are custom designed and fit directly into your ear, filling some (half shell) or most (full shell) of the visible portion of your ear. All of the components are housed within a single plastic shell. Due to their size it is possible to incorporate larger sound amplifiers and useful features such as a program switch, directional microphones and volume control. An advantage is that they have no external wires or tubes, and are very light in weight. When properly made, they fit comfortably and securely in the ear. ITE hearing aids can successfully treat a wide range of hearing losses.

Not sure which hearing aids you need?

Each type of hearing aid has its own advantages. To get the right professional advice contact DR GEORGE Hearing Centers at 77 77 65 00 or fill in the contact form.

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Maria Demetriou

Customer Service Representative

Maria comes from Aradippou and is a Customer Service Representative Officer out our Centers in Larnaca.

With more than 18 years of experience in the field of hearing aids, Maria is a key member of our team and is responsible for the smooth running of our center and the impeccable service of our customers in Larnaca. Some of her responsibilities include: maintaining and cleaning hearing aids, scheduling appointments, invoicing, processing payments, as well as receiving supplies and hearing aids.

Maria always tries to make people smile and feel comfortable while at the same time providing them with all the necessary information.

What makes Maria special is her kindness, her goodness and her authenticity.

She likes travelling and shopping.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? George Clooney
  • What is your favorite movie? Hachiko: The story of a dog
  • What’s your favorite meal? Pasta
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? The Caribbean
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Genuine

Elena Petrou

Office Manager

Elena was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus.

She had a fair for languages from a young age.

During her studies, she spent a semester in Andalucía where she fell in love with the Spanish language and culture.

She was introduced to the Cypriot sign language through a friend and subsequently joined a mixed choir of hearing and hard-of-hearing people.

Her day-to-day responsibilities entail greeting clients, scheduling appointments, handling private payments, helping clients with paperwork, ordering and receiving stock supplies, hearing aids and accessories, as well as performing clean and maintenance checks on patient’s hearing aids.

Outside of work, she enjoys exercising, doing arts and crafts and listening to podcasts.

Her favorite quote is “If you are tired of not getting any answers, change your questions!”

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Noam Chomsky
  • What is your favorite movie? The secret in their eyes (Argentina, 2009)
  • What’s your favorite meal? My mum’s “Gemista “ (stuffed vegetables with mince and rice)
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Latin America
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Responsible

Lucas Antoniadis

Sales and Marketing Officer

With roots from Limassol, he considers himself a Citizen of the World.

He is involved with various aspects of our centers, mainly with servicing customers at the front desk, monitoring performance, planning and executing marketing and market development activities, as well as developing the e-commerce of the company.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from TEI of Athens and an MBA from CIIM – UoL. He joined our centres in 2017 with more than 10 years of experience in Sales & Marketing as well as Management Factors.

Ιn his free time, he loves spending time with his family and dogs. He also enjoys spending time by the seaside.

He consistently tries to be the best version of himself every day.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Family & friends
  • What is your favorite movie? Hachiko: A dog’s tale
  • What’s your favorite meal? Tomato Beef Stew with Spaghetti
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? French Polynesia
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Hard worker & team player

Despina Stavri

Operations and Advertising Manager

Despina was born and raised in Sotira, Famagusta, and is currently a permanent resident of Larnaca.

He studied in the United States of America where she obtained two master’s degrees in Mathematics & Statistics and Applied Mathematics from the Murray State University and the University of Tennessee respectively.

Despina joined our team in 2011 as an Operations and Advertising Manager. She oversees the smooth operation of our centers, solves any issues that may arise daily, and implements our advertising campaigns. She also caters to the individual needs of our patients.

She enjoys attending seminars on marketing, business management, and self-improvement. She spends her free time with her family. She loves books, good company, and a glass of nice red wine.

Her favourite expressions are the following: “Health is the most valuable of all earthly possessions; without it all the rest are worth nothing” and “Common sense is not so common.”

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Keanu Reeves
  • What is your favorite movie? The Matrix
  • What’s your favorite meal? Whatever my mom makes!!!!
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Cruise to Alaska
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Honest

Vanya Agathokleous

H.A.D., B.Sc.
Hearing Aid Dispenser

Vanya Agathokleous was born in Limassol and grew up in Pissouri. She holds a degree in Speech Therapy from the European University of Cyprus. She joined our Centers in 2021 after accumulating experience as a Speech Therapist for five years. She is a highly trained Hearing Instrument Specialist who sees customers at our Centers in Limassol and Larnaca.

She is constantly updated on the latest methods for selecting, fitting and adjusting hearing aids as well as hearing rehabilitation by attending seminars and conferences.

One of the main reasons she loves her job is the gratification she gets from helping people welcome back sounds they had not heard in a while. She caters to the individual needs of each customer recommending the most optimal hearing aids not only for better hearing but also for improved quality of life. As she explains, seeing the smile on their face when they realize that they can hear the beautiful sounds of life again fills her with satisfaction and joy.

In her free time, Vania unwinds by going horse riding. On weekends she indulges in shopping therapy.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Hippocrates
  • What’s your favorite movie? Prison Break
  • What’s your favorite meal? Seafood pasta
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Maldives
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Cheerful

Harry Antoniou

H.A.D, B.Sc.
Hearing Aid Dispenser

Charis was born and raised in Ypsonas, Limassol. He studied in Nicosia and currently lives in Arediou, Nicosia, with his wife and young son.

As a hearing aid specialist, he has attended various seminars and conferences in Cyprus as well as overseas.

His job entails selecting, adjusting and fitting hearing aids, as well as providing our customers with audiological support in accordance with the International scientific protocols followed by Dr George Hearing Centers.

According to him, the best part of his job is helping people. His favorite quote is, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”

He likes to spend his free time with his family, doing martial arts and other sports as well as reading self-improvement books. Additionally, he loves watching documentaries and listening to podcasts.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Bruce Lee.
  • What is your favorite movie? ROCKY
  • What’s your favorite meal? Pork kebab with sieftalies (traditional Cypriot sausages) and pickles.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Japan, Okinawa
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Honest

Dr George Panayiotou

Clinical Audiologist,
Managing Director

Dr George Panayiotou was born and raised in Kiti, Larnaca.

He is a highly accomplished Clinical Audiologist with over 20 years of experience in treating people with hearing loss of all ages. After completing his training and qualifications in the US, he returned to Cyprus to establish DR GEORGE Hearing Centers, one of the largest networks of private audiology clinics. Under his leadership, the three clinics operating under the brand name DR GEORGE Hearing Centers, gained a stellar reputation for providing premium hearing health services with branded hearing aids.

Dr. George holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Audiology from the East Tennessee State University, United States of America.

He holds a professional degree from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

He is also a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Royal Public Health Association (RSPH) of Great Britain.

Dr. George has been trained and worked at the Presbyterian Ear Institute, Ear Associated Neurological Clinic, Mountain Home Veterinary Hospital, Watauga ENT and Greenville ENT Otolaryngology Clinics in the United States.

Although his free time is quite limited, he loves spending time with his family and beloved son. He is fond of fitness and especially cycling. He also enjoys carpentry and listening to podcasts.

His favorite quote is, “Only the strong survive”

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Steve Jobs
  • What is your favorite movie? The Matrix
  • What’s your favorite meal? Souvlakia (kebab)
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Alaska
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Reliable