Choosing from all Hearing Aid Brands
Today’s hearing aids have evolved into advanced communication systems.
They provide outstanding quality and comfort while looking nearly invisible and discreet. There are many manufacturers of hearing aids with a broad range of options for styles and technology – from the very cost-effective basic hearing aid models to the very sophisticated “top of the line” digital hearing aid technology.
Our Audiologist at Hearing Solutions in the Triangle will review your hearing loss and determine which style and hearing aid technology will work best for your particular situation. Dr. Carroll can determine which hearing aid manufacturer has the best hearing aid technology that fits your hearing loss.
A consultation with our Audiologist, Dr. Anita Carroll will provide you with information to make good choices for better hearing – and enjoy hearing again! Contact us email@example.com or 919-968-7556.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are several styles of hearing aids to fit your hearing aid preference. Recommendations for a particular hearing aid style factor in your cosmetic preferences, your type of hearing loss, the severity of your hearing loss as well as your manual dexterity (your ability to handle small things). It is important to realize that “smaller is not necessarily better” if you are unable to insert or remove it!
4 Basic Hearing Aid Styles:
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) hearing aids sit deeply in the ear canal itself and is the “smallest” style. The size and shape of your ear canal helps determine if you are a candidate for this style.
- In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are built from an impression of your ear where all the electronics fit snugly into your ear canal and outer ear.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids sit over the ear and attach to the ear canal with an earpiece and tubing. There are usually more features available on these hearing aids as well as more power capability to address more severe hearing losses.
- Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are smaller BTE hearing aids that have the receiver inside the ear canal. These are often used as an “open fit” that provides a natural sound quality to the device.
Features on Hearing Aids:
Multiple features are available on hearing aids that will help you hear in difficult listening situations. These features will be specifically recommended for your personal communication needs.
- Volume Control: Many of the new digital hearing aids don’t need a volume control because of their automatic adjustment to the environment. However, for those who prefer to have a volume control, this can be accessed either with a tiny button on the hearing aid or with a remote control device the size of a credit card.
- Multiple Microphones: Helps to focus and “zoom” in on the speech you are interested in hearing by reducing noise coming from other directions. This helps you hear in noisy environments and comes with various levels of sophistication, depending upon technology level. (Also called directional microphones).
- Feedback control: The new digital hearing aids are able to control whistling (feedback) for hearing aid users. This helps with telephone use and allows for more powerful amplification from the hearing aid.
- Wireless connectivity: Many hearing aids have a feature that uses Bluetooth technology to connect to cell phones, computers and TV listening devices. This technology also allows the hearing aids to communicate with each other (to naturally mimic how the ears naturally work together.)
- Batteries: A hearing aid is powered by a small battery. Different sizes of batteries are used in different styles of hearing aids. These batteries are small, but hearing aids use a lot of power for the sophisticated processing necessary to help you hear. Typically, you can expect a battery to last about 7 – 10 days. Batteries typically cost $5 for package of 6.
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