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Which Type of Hearing Aid Works Best For You?

Friday, January 8, 2016 9:03:39 PM Australia/Melbourne

Here at Hearlink, we don’t want there to be any guesswork when it comes to your hearing aid. We want you to feel fully confident in your decision and fully confident that you have all of the right information to make your decision. This means a lot of research, and we know that you have busy lives and limited time. To that end, we aim to take that research off of your plates, offering you customized solutions based on what makes the most sense for you.

 

The two concerns that we see the most frequently are patients wondering how the hearing aid will look, and will the hearing aid help. They work in tandem, and are both completely valid questions. We assuage these concerns sharing information around-

  • What to look for
  • How to acclimate to wearing one
  • What’s available out in the market at any given time

 

Which Type of Hearing Aid Works Best For You?So first things first. What do they do, and how do they work? Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss. They do however amplify noises so that you can hear as much as possible. In general, they use the same basic parts to carry the sounds in the environment around you, directly into your ear. The first is a small microphone, which helps to collect these sounds. The next is a computer chip, containing an amplifier. The chip will convert these noises into digital code and analyze and adjust the sound based on your needs like degree of hearing loss, listening needs and the volume of the noises. Once the analysis is complete, the signals are again converted into sound waves. Finally, they’re delivered to your ears with the help of the speakers.

 

Hearing aids are all powered by battery and many are digital. This is where the commonalities end. Hearing aids run the spectrum in size, features, price and even the way that they’re placed within your ear. There is an increased trend in the market today for barely noticeable hearing aids, so designers continue to reduce the size. The caveat here is that the smallest hearing aids may not have the same degree of power if your hearing loss is extreme.

 

Here is an overview of several common styles:

 

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) or mini CIC- These hearing aids are molded inside the ear canal. They improve mild to moderate hearing loss for adults. These are the least visible, but they’re much less likely to be able to pick up noises like wind. They use small batteries and don’t have extra features.

 

In-the-canal (ITC)- ITC’s are also custom molded. They fit partly in the ear canal and can help with slightly higher degrees of hearing loss. While these are still less visible than larger styles, they are susceptible to earwax.

 

In-the-ear- In-the-ear hearing aids come in two different styles, filling most of the full shell of your outer ear, and filling only the lower part. These are the best for those with severe hearing loss and are the most easy to handle.

 

Stay tuned for additional information on what hearing aids will work the best for your needs.

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Hearlink Admin