It can be daunting to decide to get hearing aids even when you know they will improve your hearing. There are so many different styles and types of hearing aids to choose from. The choices may seem endless. When you are trying to choose the right hearing aid, it is important to get expert advice on the right price and the right fit. Your audiologist will be able to help you chose the perfect hearing aid for you.
What does a hearing aid do?
The job of a hearing aid is to amplify sounds. This makes it easier to hear. A hearing aid cannot reverse your hearing loss. But with a hearing aid, tiny microphones analyze sounds and turn them into digital audio. The sounds is then sent into the inner ear and then to your brain from the small speakers in the hearing aids. It will take time to adjust to earing hearing aids, so give yourself time to adjust.
Different Types of Hearing Aids
There are so many different types of hearing aids out there. Choosing the right one depends on your budget, your lifestyle and the extent of your hearing loss.
IIC or Invisible In Canal hearing aids are extremely small and fit inside your ear canal. They are virtually invisible to the people around you. This type of hearing aid will work well for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Their limitations are that they may not have as many options as the larger hearing aids due to their size. This should be discussed with your audiologist.
ITC or In The Canal hearing aids are only partially visible. They offer a custom fit and will work for people with mild to severe hearing loss. They generally offer more options like directional microphones.
ITE or In The Ear hearing aids are custom fitted to your ear. They are bigger than the ITC hearing aids and have options for volume control and directional microphones. Since they are larger they usually have a better battery life. They cover people with mild to severe hearing loss.
BTE or Behind the Ear hearing aids fit behind your ear with a hook over the top of the ear. The tube connects the hearing aid to an earpiece inserted in the ear canal. They provide better amplification and used for all types of hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Features
Hearing aids are continually improving with technological advances to improve hearing in several ways. People may need direction microphones when in noisier situations like a busy restaurant or large group of people. Some hearing aids are more compatible for phones. Some include the option for Bluetooth, so the hearing aids can connect directly to a cell phone, tablet or tv. Some hearing aids also include rechargeable batteries.
Don’t let misleading advertisements that make big promises confuse you. When it comes to choosing the right hearing aids, there are several things you should consider. Contact your audiologist to determine what kind of hearing aid will work the best for you.