How to Find the Best Hearing Aid for You
In America, almost 29 million people could benefit from the use of hearing aids in their day to day life. A hearing aid could very well ensure that a person living with hearing loss can go about their day to day business without a worry over interacting with other people, and finding the right hearing aid for you is what every audiologist out there is passionate about.
Of course, finding the right hearing aid might seem like a tricky journey to go on, and that’s why we’re keen to ensure you have all the information you’ll need to decide right here. Of course, always talk to your audiologist before making a choice, and be sure to take their advice into account before settling in with a set of hearing aids.
In the ear (ITE)
This is a type of hearing aid that is custom made to suit a person’s ear and can be colored to match a person’s skin. They come in various sizes from small to large, to ensure there’s a type of ITE for every kind of ear out there. This type of hearing aid comes in the main types below:
- Invisible in canal (IIC): This model is incredibly small, and is invisible when worn, thanks to sitting past the second bend of a person’s ear canal.
- Completely in canal (CIC): This model sits deep within the ear canal and is small. They’re nearly invisible to the naked eye when worn, and thus are popular with cosmetic minded people.
- Full shell in the ear (ITE): This model sits in the ear bowl and comes with many controls and features, including directional microphones and large batteries, great for mild-to- severe hearing loss.
Behind the Ear (BTE)
They sit behind the top of the outer ear on a patient’s head, with a further tube or wire that transmits sound into the ear – this tube is usually connected to the tip of the ear or the ear lobe, to ensure it sits secure and comfortably. BTEs can come in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes and can be customized to suit someone’s personal style in both outlandish and subtle terms.
The main types of BTE are:
- Mini BTE with slim tube and tip: Thin and discreet, they fit openly in the ear, allowing air and sound to enter naturally and be amplified by the device.
- Receiver in canal (RIC): A mini BTE that fits the speaker into the ear tip.
- BTE with earmold: Incredibly customizable, with a long shape and the ability for volume control.
In the canal (ITC)
ITC is another subtype of ITE hearing aids. The ITC type of hearing aid is made to sit in the lower portion of the ear, neatly and comfortably in the ear bowl. They’re larger than the CIC model mentioned above, meaning more features are innate in the design. The battery life is long and greater volume controls are a part of this model. For someone living with mild to moderate hearing loss, this is a great option.
How an audiologist can help
An audiologist will take many different factors into consideration when helping you to find the right hearing aid.
They will look at elements such as a patient’s degree of the hearing loss, as well as their budget, any skin sensitivities that wearing a hearing aid could affect, as well as listening needs a person needs for their lifestyle.
At the same time, the look of a hearing aid is an important factor, and thus an audiologist will consider the cosmetics of certain hearing aid styles. If a patient does not like the look of a certain type of hearing aid, this will be considered when determining the best fit.
We can help you find the best hearing aid for you
If you’re thinking about your hearing aid options, be sure to get in touch with us. Here at Lowe Audiology, we want to put you first, and make sure every single one of your hearing worries and needs are put first.
If you’re not happy about your current choice of hearing aids, or you’re worried your hearing loss may be getting worse and you may need an upgrade, we’ll do everything in our power to help you. We have expert audiologists on call for advice and aid.
So, get in touch with us today. Call us at 260-222-7925 to schedule an appointment that’s both convenient and efficient for you.