A specialist can help you choose the right hearing aid for your specific needs.
A loss of hearing can be devastating. Hearing loss can happen for a wide range of reasons, from birth defects to ear injuries. Many patients who have suffered hearing loss can enjoy improved hearing with a hearing aid, of which there are many options available depending on each patient’s needs.
A hearing aid, regardless of the degree of technology, may never restore your hearing back to completely normal.
However, most wearers of hearing aids report improved hearing and function when they choose the correct aid for their situation.
CIC Hearing Aids: Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest hearing aids you can find. As the name suggests, these devices are inserted directly into the ear canal. You will need a device for each ear. These aids are used for mild to severe hearing loss. Children or elderly adults may struggle with proper placement of these devices.
ITC Hearing Aids: In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing aids are not inserted fully into the ear canal. These devices rest on the lower portion of the outer ear, making insertion easier. Mild to moderate hearing loss can be enhanced with these hearing aids. These generally have more programming options available than CIC aids.
ITE Hearing Aids: In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids may also be called Full Shell. These are placed directly in the ear and may offer a variety of different programming options. Mild to severe hearing loss can be fixed with these aids.
BTE Hearing Aids: Behind-the-Ear hearing aids are not custom made, as the other varieties are. This does not mean they are not adjustable, though. There are many varieties of BTE hearing aids available. The part of the aid that attaches to the ear is normally customized to the patient. Due to the variety of styles, BTE aids can help with a wide range of hearing difficulties.
Surgically Implanted: Additionally, hearing aids can be surgically implanted. Your doctor can determine if you are eligible to try a surgically implanted aid.
Technology in Hearing Aids
Technology has changed so many things in the medical field, and this is also true of hearing aid devices. Hearing aids are smaller and more customizable than in the past. Basic, advanced, superior, and premium are designations of technology that you can choose from when purchasing your hearing aids. The more advanced technology used in the device will translate to a higher cost. Other considerations that should be made before choosing a device are:
Activity level – A very active person does not want to worry about their hearing aid falling out while exercising.
Level of background noise – A patient who works with noisy equipment will need better noise cancellation technology than a patient who works in a quiet office.
Specific considerations – Each person will also have unique considerations for the level of technology they need. For instance, a musician or anyone who needs their hearing to be more sensitive, will want a device that can match those expectations.