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Right now there are more than 1,000 hearing aid models on the market. They vary in size, function, shape, color, and price. Today’s hearing aids measure barely an inch in size. Virtually invisible they can be hidden behind or deep in your ear, so no one will even know you are wearing them.
Today’s hearing aids not just there to help you hear better, but to let you to live a richer, fuller life. In our talks with you we will discuss your hearing at work, at leisure when pursuing your hobbies, in fact your whole lifestyle – so can really recommend the perfect hearing aids for you.
Types of hearing aids
Hearing aids are categorized by the place on the ear they are worn, and possibly by the number of pieces (behind-the-ear aids are two pieces; an in-the-ear aid is one piece). Smaller aids offer fewer features and might be more difficult to manipulate. People with more severe hearing loss might get better results with a behind-the-ear model with earmolds
or an in-the-ear model.
The receiver is inside the ear canal. It goes by various acronyms: behind-the-ear (BTE), receiver in the ear (RITE), receiver in the canal (RIC or RITC), and canal receiver technology (CRT). It has a banana-shaped case and a piece that inserts into the ear canal. Behind-the-ear hearing aids attach to the ear via a custom-made earmold that fits snugly in the ear, or a “dome style” or non-custom canal piece.
Pros: Comfortable, barely visible. Prevents a plugged-up feeling, easy to insert, and compatible with telephones. You usually can get a hearing aid in one day, because custom
earmolds are not necessary.
Cons: Wax and moisture may limit life of receiver. Does not allow for significant amplification in the low frequencies. Limited in terms of the potential to add amplification.
Standard-tube or thin-tube behind-the-ear
Pros: Also called receiver in the aid, or RITA, it can provide considerable low- and high- frequency amplification. Good for people with moderately severe to severe hearing loss who require considerable amplification across many frequencies. On larger models, controls are easy to manipulate and telecoil mode is easily selected and used. Earmold can be easily cleaned. Accommodates larger batteries, so it’s easier to handle.
Cons: Custom mold tends to be visible. Vulnerable to sweat and wax buildup. Plugged-up feeling from earmold unless vented.
Completely in the canal
Pros: This hearing aid does not need telecoil. Low visibility, ease of insertion and removal, and insensitive to wind noise.
Cons: Too small to include a directional microphone. Ear might feel plugged up unless
hearing aid is vented. Vulnerable to wax and moisture. Because the receiver is in the ear
canal, it could be difficult to control. It can only accommodate a small battery, so battery
life is relatively short. Batteries can be more difficult to insert and remove.
In the canal
Pros: Barely visible and easy to insert, it can build up volume control to increase ease of use. Larger units can include directional microphones.
Cons: Same issues as with completely-in-the-canal models, though less severe. Telecoil selector switch makes manipulation more difficult. These models are susceptible to moisture and wax buildup. Battery tends to be smaller, so battery life is relatively short
In the ear
Pros: This offers more room for features such as telecoil, directional microphone, and volume control. Less of a plugged-up feeling when vented. Relatively easy to insert.
Cons: More visible. Vulnerable to wax build-up and moisture.
Hearing aids: How to choose the right one
I believe you will have a more fulfilling hearing aid experience if you dig deeper to comprehend the impact your hearing loss has had on your life emotionally, behaviorally, mentally and socially. Write the issues down because they will become a roadmap for both you and your hearing healthcare professional. Also, many hearing healthcare professionals have assessment scales designed to help you understand problems caused by your hearing loss. Once you know your problems, you can better identify the best hearing aid. This list also becomes a contract between you and your hearing care professional.
Today’s high quality invisible hearing aids are so small in size, when you wear them you will not feel their presence at the same time you will be able to hear crystal-clear again.