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Hearing aids have been around in some form or another for many years but thanks to advances in modern technology, the ones being produced now are better than ever before. Thankfully, most hearing impairments can now be helped with amplification in the form of a hearing aid, the wearing of which can often prove to be life changing.
Unlike the hearing aids of the past which were obtrusive and often unreliable, modern digital hearing aids are very discrete and have features such as automatic volume control which means they are never too loud or never too quiet and have automatic feedback reduction. This means that modern hearing aids no longer whistle. Thanks to wireless technology, you’ll find that modern hearing aids are now able to connect directly with your TV or telephone.
Types of Hearing Aid
When you visit an audiologist and they decide that the use of a hearing aid would be beneficial to you, they will recommend a particular type. The specific one(s) that they recommend will depend upon a number of factors but the choice(s) you are given may be one of the following:
ITC And CIC
ITC (in-the-canal) and CIC (completely-in-the-canal) hearing aids are contained in a small case that fits partly or completely into the ear canal. These are the smallest hearing aids available and are generally the most popular.
ITE (in-the-ear) aids are larger than canal aids and fit in a small shell that fits in the outer part of the ear. Because they are larger than canal aids, they may be easier to handle for some people.
BTE (behind-the-ear) aids as the name suggests fit behind the ear in a small plastic case. This is connected to an earmold by clear tubing. For safety and growth reasons, this is often the best choice for young children. Open fitting BTE hearing aids are also available are the ones that are generally used for adults.
RIC (receiver-in-canal) hearing aids are very similar in appearance to behind-the-ear hearing aids but they are different in one significant way: the speaker of the hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal.
Extended wear hearing aids are devices that are placed in the ear canal by an audiologist and are worn for up to several months. They can be worn whilst exercising and because of this they are perfect for those individuals who are very active.
Which Hearing Aid Is Right For You?
As you can see there are a variety of types of hearing aid, with each type being having various manufacturers too. There are also a wide range of hearing impairments which means there is no one type of hearing aid that is best for everyone. After your initial hearing assessment with your audiologist, they will make a recommendation for your as to what types of hearing aids are best for your needs, requirements and budget.
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