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How to Find The Correct Hearing Aids for Your Hearing Loss?

How to Find The Correct Hearing Aids for Your Hearing Loss?
 
To find the right hearing aid has mainly to do with the severity and type of hearing loss, as well as your lifestyle and budget. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of types,colors and sizes. What’s more, there are a number of additional features and ways they contour and fit into our outside of your ear. Deciding on the correct best hearing aid device is a choice that should be made in tandem with the audiologist or hearing specialist.
 
Perhaps you've thought about getting a hearing aid, but you're worried about how it will look or whether it will really help. It may help ease your concerns to know more about:
  • The hearing aid options available to you
  • What to look for when buying a hearing aid
  • How to get used to a hearing aid
Hearing aids can't restore normal hearing. They can improve your hearing by amplifying sounds that you've had trouble hearing.
 
As we all know, all hearing aids use the same basic parts to carry sounds from the environment into your ear and make them louder. Most hearing aids are digital, and all are powered with a traditional hearing aid battery or a rechargeable battery.
 
Small microphones collect sounds from the environment. A computer chip with an amplifier converts the incoming sound into digital code. It analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The amplified signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through speakers, sometimes called receivers.
 
The first thing you are going to want to do is verify the cause of your hearing loss. This can be done by visiting your doctor. Often, a decrease in hearing can be caused by impacted cerumen (ear wax). While Q-tips can be helpful removing wax, repeated use while venturing too deep can push wax further into the canal and against the eardrum. In these cases an otolaryngologist can remove impacted wax either manually or through irrigation with body temperature water and a saline solution. This almost always results in a noticeable improvement in hearing.
 
Hearing aids types
Hearing aids vary a great deal in types, size, special features and the way they're placed in your ear.The following are common hearing aid types, beginning with the smallest, least visible in the ear. Hearing aid designers keep making smaller hearing aids to meet the demand for a hearing aid that is not very noticeable. But the smaller aids may not have the power to give you the improved hearing you may expect.
 
Behind the ear
A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an ear mold that fits in your ear canal. This type is appropriate for people of all ages and those with almost any type of hearing loss.
 
A behind-the-ear hearing aid:
Traditionally has been the largest type of hearing aid, though some newer mini designs are streamlined and barely visible
Has directional microphones
  1. Is capable of more amplification than are other styles
  2. May pick up more wind noise than do other styles
  3. May be available with a rechargeable battery
Mini-BTE – The least visible of the behind the ear models, mini-BTE’s speakers are in the part of the device that's behind the ear. Sound is transmitted to the earpiece through a very small, hollow tube. The earpiece of these models was specifically designed to fit inside the ear canal but not block it, allowing for airflow and unamplified sound that more closely resembles the natural state of the ear. The amplified, higher frequencies enter the ear through the tip of the earpiece. These models are ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss, particularly of higher frequencies, who want a more natural feeling device.
 
Open fit
An open-fit hearing aid is a variation of the behind-the-ear hearing aid with a thin tube or the receiver-in-the-canal or receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid with an open dome in the ear. This style keeps the ear canal very open, allowing for low-frequency sounds to enter the ear naturally and for high-frequency sounds to be amplified through the hearing aid. This makes the style a good choice for people with better low-frequency hearing and mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss.
 
Receiver in the ear Canal – With RIC-style hearing aids the speaker is in the earpiece, while the microphone sits in the casing behind the ear. This style tends to fill and block more of the ear canal and is ideal for those with more severe hearing loss. Also, since the speaker sits inside the ear it can often be damaged by wax or moisture and require professional repair or cleaning.
 
In the ear
An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is custom made in two styles — one that fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear (full shell) and one that fills only the lower part (half shell). Both are helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss and are available with directional microphones (two microphones for better hearing in noise).
 
An in-the-ear hearing aid:
Includes features that don't fit on smaller style hearing aids, such as a volume control
  • May be easier to handle
  • Uses a larger battery for longer battery life, with several options for rechargeable batteries
  • Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker
  • May pick up more wind noise than do smaller devices
  • Is more visible in the ear than smaller devices
 
Completely in the canal (CIC) or mini CIC
A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid is molded to fit inside your ear canal. It improves mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.
 
A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid:
  • Is the smallest and least visible type
  • Is less likely to pick up wind noise
  • Uses very small batteries, which have shorter life and can be difficult to handle
  • Often doesn't include extra features, such as volume control or a directional microphone
  • Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker
When looking for a hearing aid, explore your options to understand what type of hearing aid will work best for you. Meanwhile, there is another important things if you are the first time to use hearing aids that getting used to a hearing aid takes time. You'll likely notice that your listening skills improve gradually as you become accustomed to amplification. Even your own voice sounds different when you wear a hearing aid.

 

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