Styles of Hearing Aids
Questions about Types of Hearing Aids
With all its varying sizes, technology, style and design – the answer is a big NO.
Hearing aids may have one goal – and that is to make hearing better and easier for the user – but they work differently depending on the electronics used.
The two main types of hearing aid electronics are digital and analog. Analog hearing aids convert sound into electrical signals, which are then amplified. Meanwhile, digital types of hearing aids convert the sound waves into numerical codes (binary computer code) before amplification.
Now that we’ve covered the types of hearing aids, let’s talk about adjusting to your hearing aid. You may either be a first-timer or you are already a hearing-aid user but want to switch designs. Either way, there may be some pain points (not literal pain, okay) and below are some tips on how to manage:
Take it slow: you don’t have to wear your new set of hearing aids from day to night. You can start slow, like one to two hours at a time.
Seek the quiet: for you to slowly adjust to your hearing aids, try to use it first in quiet environments with few people and minimal noise.
Gradual is the key: after a few days, you can gradually increase the number of hours that you wear your hearing aids. You can also start using them in noisier and more crowded environments.
Be on the lookout for pain: if you feel some soreness in your ears, contact your audiologist immediately. You need to get to the bottom of what’s causing the pain to avoid complications.
The types of hearing aids must be well correlated to the hearing ability of the wearer.
If you have hearing loss in BOTH the high and low frequencies, an audiologist might suggest ITC or CIC styles for a more occluding fit. The occlusion effect of these types of hearing aids will greatly help in blocking unwanted background noise.
For hearing loss that is only in the high frequencies (a common condition with people who have age-related hearing loss), open-fit RITE types provide a comfortable hearing experience, allowing natural low-frequency sounds in while amplifying higher frequencies. These types of hearing aids can filter noise, suppress feedback, adapt to different environments, and wirelessly connect to smartphones, public assistive listening devices (ALDs) and a personal microphone system.
For severe to profound hearing loss, we would recommend ITC hearing aids, BTE types of hearing aids with ear mold or low profile hearing aids. These types of hearing aids are known to be POWER HEARING AIDS mainly because they can supply the most powerful and loud amplification and are less susceptible to moisture damage.
Choosing the best types of hearing aids for you can be quite challenging and overwhelming. Don’t worry – with a good audiologist, you won’t have to do it ALONE. At Hearing Health Clinic, we make sure to guide you in your hearing health journey, every step of the way.
Clearly, there are numerous styles and features available that are engineered to address different types and levels of hearing loss. That being said, an audiologist will help you decide or by going over a number of factors to consider such as:
• Dexterity issues
• Type of hearing loss
You don’t need to lose sleep trying to decide which one is right for you. A quick visit to Hearing Health Clinic, Osseo MN will connect you to reliable audiologists who can greatly assist you in choosing the best types of hearing aids.