How Can You Pick the Best Hearing Aids?
If you are looking to purchase some hearing aids you will want to know the types available and what is the best for you. A hearing aid can make a huge difference in someone’s life who is suffering from hearing loss. Not only will you be finding it difficult to hear, but from the very act of not hearing, you will eventually suffer some cognitive decline. So, being proactive, honest with yourself and going to get some hearing aid, is absolutely essential. You will feel so much better and be able to socialize like you used to. Here a few things to help you before you make the first purchase of hearing aids:
See an audiologist
You will need to have a hearing exam to work out exactly what type of hearing loss you have. There could be a possibility that you do not actually need a hearing and that you could have a simple procedure such as syringing the ears and you will hear normally again. The audiologist will be able to provide you with practical advice and what to expect going forwards.
Types of hearing aids
Before you invest in hearing aids, you will need to know the types of hearing aids and decide which ones will suit you best. The style will in part, be determined by the severity of your hearing loss and what you need from the device. Here are the four main types:
- Invisible in canal (IIC): This is the smallest type of hearing aid. It hides inside the ear canal and is totally invisible to other people. If you do not want other people to know you have a hearing aid, this is the type to get. Another benefit of this type is that it picks up the least noise of the wind. However, due to its size, the batteries are tiny and won’t hold a charge very long. Also, it has the least feature, such as no volume control. It is also the most likely to become clogged up with earwax.
- In the canal (ITC): This hearing aid resides on the inside of your outer ear. This is the smaller of these sorts of styles and is, therefore, less visible than its counterparts. It is larger than the IIC, but this means that it has more features. However, as it is small, the features may be hard to change. It also can get clogged up with earwax.
- In the ear (ITE): This one is also placed on the inside of your outer ear. It has more features as it is a larger sized one of this type and it is easier to adjust. The battery lasts longer as it is larger. However, it can get clogged up with earwax, and as it is larger and more visible, it can pick up the sound of the wind.
- Behind the ear (BTE): This is the largest of the hearing aids and also the most common. It may be the most visible, but due to the advancement of technology, the newer models are less likely to be seen. The hearing aid is set behind the ear, with a wire that runs over the top of the ear attached to a microphone which is placed inside the ear canal. This type has more amplification and is the best for severe hearing loss. They have more features too. However, it picks up the most sound from the wind.
Hearing aids in this day and age have many features. Depending on the hearing loss you have, and the lifestyle that you live will determine the features that you will require. There are options to have one that reduces background noise and bring up the sound of people talking. This could be great for people who go to restaurants a lot. You can also get ones that connect to your Smartphone where you can play music, satnav, phone calls and straight into the hearing aid. Other features include:
- Volume controls
- Rechargeable batteries
- Sound softener
- Tinnitus masker
- Vents: This is a special feature that can be made bespoke, where the heating aid is given little holes, or vents to stop the hearing aid making the ear feel blocked
- Wireless adapters: Allows for sharing of information and wireless upgrades.
At the Hearing Wellness Centre, we want to help restore your hearing back to a level that suits you. We will help determine the hearing loss you have and work out the type of hearing aid you need and the features that would suit you best. Please call us now and book an appointment at (519) 735-4327.