Choosing the Right Hearing Aids
Most people don’t know this, but there is more than one type of hearing aid on the market. Speaking to a reputable hearing instrument specialist is important when it comes to choosing the right hearing aid for you because without the right advice you can’t make a good decision to suit your hearing needs. There may be a long list of hearing aid types from the visible to the invisible, but there are two very basic types of hearing aid that you can choose from, from different colors, designs and styles to make your hearing aids as personal to you as possible. The professionals at Advanced Hearing Care can walk you through the types of styles of hearing aid that are right for you. These different styles allow these three basic types to be used differently. An appointment with your hearing instrument specialist can help you to determine the best hearing aid type for you.
What are the basic hearing aid types?
When it comes to choosing hearing aids, you have one of two choices to pick from:
- Behind the ear (BTE): BTE hearing aids are typically the style that most people are most familiar with, and they sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with a tubing system that routes the sound down into the ear canal. This is done via an earmold, which is custom-fit or through an ear tip that won’t block the whole opening of the ear canal. These styles are available in different colors and they match the hair and skin tone if you prefer them to be discreet. You could go the other way, and opt for a flashier color or pattern to be a little more out there!
- In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are worn in the ear and are custom-fitted to you by your hearing instrument specialist. They will take an impression of your ear during your hearing aid fitting. You can choose different skin tones with this type, which enables it to blend in with your ear and be discreet.
- In the canal (ITC): ITC Hearing aids are the smallest variety you can select and have additional options that make them practically invisible. You can opt for in the canal, completely in canal or invisible in canal depending on your hearing loss severity and the level of discreetness you’re looking for. ITC hearing aids are suitable for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss and offer a natural listening experience due to their location in the canal. They are much smaller than the other styles; however, which means people with dexterity issues may struggle to change batteries or clean the device.
How are these hearing aids made?
Whether you choose an in-the-ear hearing aid or a behind-the-ear hearing aid, they are all custom-made to fit and suit your preference. A cast of the ear is made, which is done in around 15 minutes or so. Here are the steps that they take to get it right:
- A special cotton or foam ‘dam’ is placed inside the ear so that your eardrum is protected.
- Waxy material is then used to fill the ear canal and the outer ear.
- The material hardens and then the cast is removed.
Once the cast is made, the hearing aids are then created to fit your actual ear size. It’s not all about how the hearing aids look, either, because you have to consider your lifestyle when it comes to choosing the hearing aid style that you want. The different hearing aid sizes have different features and control options to accommodate, and the larger hearing aids have larger batteries and circuitry. It’s totally personal preference but you do get that choice.
Your hearing instrument specialist can go through the pros and cons of each with you and help you to decide which hearing aids would be right for your lifestyle and the look you are going for. The design and color choices that you make will directly affect your confidence, so you need to choose the type of hearing aid that is going to help your hearing while making you feel good. Calling Advanced Hearing Care today could make the difference that you need to your hearing health and getting the right advice about which hearing aids are comfortable for you can make a difference to your future. Below, you’ll find the telephone numbers that you need to give us a call today:
- Fayetteville (910) 630-3277
- Aberdeen (910) 757-0686
- Asheboro (336) 633-4327
- Rockingham (910) 997-4848
- Sanford (919) 775-2200