When it comes to your auditory health, you don’t want to cut corners. It is important to do your research and find an audiologist that you can trust. The right audiologist can help you choose the right hearing aid for your situation and give you all the guidance you need to live your best life.
You should be prepared with knowledge about the types of hearing aids and how to choose the best one before meeting with your audiologist. Here are several tips and facts to help you get started.
Types of hearing aids
There are three common types of hearing aids that are best suited for different hearing loss and situations. Knowing the difference between them will help you know which one might be best for you.
ITC hearing aids fit partially within the ear canal. They are custom molded to match your ear shape so they will be comfortable and deliver the best quality sound. They are less visible than some styles of hearing aid but are large enough to have features that smaller models do not have. Because they are small, they may be harder to adjust to and could be at risk of getting clogged with earwax.
In the ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids can be made in two styles. One model fits in the bowl-shaped area in your outer ear. That is called a full shell model. The other type only takes up the lower part of the outer ear. That is called the half shell. These models work well for people with mild to severe hearing loss. They can both also be fitted with directional microphones for better sound delivery.
ITE hearing aids are slightly larger than their canal counterparts, so they can have more features like volume control that smaller models don’t have in them. Because of this, they are also easier to handle that is better for people with dexterity issues. The larger battery will have a longer life with rechargeable options. It may pick up more wind noise than smaller devices and is more visible than smaller devices as well.
Behind the ear (BTE)
BTE hearing aids rest behind the ear and hook over the top with a tube that fits inside the ear to deliver the sound. This kind of hearing aid works for all kinds of people with various forms of hearing loss. There are some with a streamlined design to make them barely visible.
They have more amplification options than other styles, but they also may have issues with picking up wind noise as well. They may also have a rechargeable battery which is helpful. They also come with directional microphones that can help deliver the sound efficiently.
Tips for choosing the right hearing aid
You should start by visiting an audiologist. In order to choose the right hearing aid, you need to understand your hearing loss. A hearing exam by an audiologist will help you know the cause of your hearing loss and what kind of hearing aid is best suited for your situation. An audiologist will be with you every step of the way and will give you invaluable advice.
You should also research the different kinds of hearing aids so you can make an informed decision. If you know about the kinds of hearing aids, then you will be able to ask your audiologist questions and follow their advice easily.
You should also think about your lifestyle. Different hearing aid types offer different advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the best one boils down to your type of hearing loss as well as your personal lifestyle.
Features like automatic volume controls, extended-life batteries, directional microphones and noise and feedback reductions will be beneficial to different people. There are even other things like wireless streaming, sound generators and waterproof hearing aids.
You should also consider your health insurance and the cost of the hearing aid. Purchasing a hearing aid is an investment in your health, so you need to take the time to make the right choice. Be honest with your audiologist about your budget and what options you have in that range.
Valley Hearing Center
Valley Hearing Center is committed to helping you decide on the best hearing aid for your situation. Our audiologists will help you understand all the choices so you can make the right decision for yourself. Our local offices are ready to help you with a free consultation to answer your questions if you call us today at 831-240-4162. Talking to an audiologist can help you decide if they are going to be a good fit for your needs.