Find Out Which Hearing Aid is Best for You
While getting a diagnosis of hearing loss can be intimidating, it’s reassuring to know there’s technology out there to help. Today’s hearing aids are comfortable, powerful and designed so small that most people won’t even know you’re wearing one!
New hearing aids require an adjustment period to work properly, so be honest when you are asked about the sounds you are able to hear and also about the sounds you still have trouble hearing. Your hearing aids can easily adapt to your specific hearing needs, so simply let your audiologist know so that they can adjust your device to suit your needs. Hearing aids can really help improve your quality of life.
Your approach towards getting hearing aids is really what makes the difference between a frustrating and a successful hearing experience. Have a positive outlook towards getting hearing aids and using them regularly to make the most out of your hearing world. Share any concerns you may have with your friends and family so that they can help you out. Enjoy your new hearing aids!
There are many different features in addition to a lot of technology surrounding today’s hearing aids. The digital aids we offer range from basic to premium, and depending on your budget and your needs, our professionals would be happy to help you decide what is right for you.
Hearing aids come in two basic styles: those that fit in the ear and those that sit behind the ear.
In-the-ear hearing aids require impressions of your ears for a customized fit and have the electronics built into the custom made shell. They range in size from the tiny completely-in-the-canal (CIC) which sits deeply in your ear canal, to the larger standard ITE which a full-shell that fills the entire bowl of the ear.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids have the electronics built into a small case that fits behind your ear and sends the sound to your ear canal by a tube or wire. Because the case doesn't have to fit inside your ear canal, BTE's generally have more features than ITE's and are easier to adjust.
A third style of hearing instruments, called a Remote Microphone (RM) hearing aid, is sometimes referred to as "the best of both worlds". The RM design is unique because the microphone is placed at the end of a flexible tube, which is then tucked securely in the outer portion of the ear. The rest of the instrument is inserted into the ear like a conventional CIC design. By combining the benefits of the behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE) styles, the RM offers a comfortable fit, is virtually invisible and offers maximum noise suppression.
Today's hearing aids come in a variety of sizes, styles and colors so you can choose one that best fits your hearing needs and you feel confident wearing.
Other Factors to Consider
Technology alone is not the key to improving your hearing. There are a number of other factors that you and your hearing healthcare professional should consider when selecting your device:
- Anatomy – the shape and size of the outer ear and ear canal may determine which type of hearing instrument you can wear.
- Your manual dexterity – some styles are easier to handle, insert and clean than others.
- Type and degree of hearing loss – individual variations in hearing loss can pose unique challenges and require different types of amplification.
- Your lifestyle – it's important to consider your favorite activities and the environment you spend most of your time in.
In general the larger the aid is the more power and features it will have, the easier it will be to insert and clean, and the longer its battery will last. Your hearing healthcare professional will work with you to find the style that best fits your lifestyle, budget and degree of hearing loss.
Digital Hearing Aids
The digital revolution has made a huge impact on the way hearing aids look, feel and work. They can be so small that they are virtually invisible, so "cool" looking that you will want everyone to see them and so natural sounding, they mimic the way you used to hear before you experienced hearing loss. There are so many options available to you! There are four basic technology levels... Economy, Basic, Advanced, and Best. Each level offers digital hearing solutions based on your level of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.
- Dual microphones allow you to hear better in noisy situations. Some can even identify the source of the noise and reduce it!
- Open technology that keeps the ear canal unobstructed eliminates that "talking in a barrel" effect.
- Feedback cancellation does just that... It cancels feedback BEFORE you hear it as an annoying whistle.
- Hands free technology automatically adjusts to your listening environment... whether you are on the phone, in a crowd or in wind.
- Your digital hearing aid can be programmed with a computer to meet your individualized needs.
- Wireless technology allows you to hear your cell phone, television and home phone in stereo, directly through your hearing aids!