What are you looking for in a hearing aid? Understanding what is important to you will help you choose the best one. When it comes to hearing aids, there are many different styles and features to choose from.
For example, some people prefer an in-the-ear style while others might want behind the ear or even an utterly invisible kind that hangs down from your neckline.
In addition, digital models can offer better sound quality than analog models for those with milder levels of hearing loss. With so much variation in features and pricing options, how do you know which one is right for you?
Here are the steps to get you started.
Talk to Your Audiologist
Talking to your audiologist is the best way to find the right hearing loss aid for you. They will tell you about the different types of aids and which one would work best for your needs.
Your audiologist can also help you understand the different styles of hearing aids and how they work. This information can be helpful when trying them out at home or in a store.
Some people might feel self-conscious speaking with an audiologist, but it is essential to have all of your questions answered before purchasing. The audiologist is there to help.
Understand Different Hearing Aid Style
Consider the following hearing aid selection tips.
Speak to your audiologist about different styles of hearing aids, including relaxed fit vs. secure fit and analog vs. digital devices. Ask about the degree of amplification available in each type and other compatibility factors like battery size or power needs for specific environments.
Different types offer unique benefits depending on the type of hearing loss you have, but it’s best to speak with an audiologist first before making a decision that could affect how easy it is to use them day-to-day.
There are different hearing aid styles in the market that include:
In-the-ear models are the most popular style for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, like me.
They’re usually made of plastic and come in a variety of colors.
Over The Ear (ITE) – fits over the top part of your outer ear; also called open-fit ITCs or BTEs. They can be very comfortable, especially if you wear eyeglasses because they don’t press against them. This model is great for active users who need their aids to stay put while moving around, such as runners or weightlifters. However, this type might not work well with glasses at all times, depending on how much time it spends bouncing up and down when you’re moving it.
Behind The Ear (BTE) – is designed to fit behind your outer ear and in front of the eardrum, also called closed fit ITCs or BTEs. They include an earmold that fits inside your outer ear and a soft plastic dome-shaped piece that sits on the back of the outer part of your ear. With tubing, it connects them to transmit sound wirelessly from one component directly into each hearing aid. These models are great for active users because they don’t bounce around when you move since they sit flush against both sides of your head at all times unless you position them differently yourself. This type is suitable if you want something simple but still effective without having to worry about manually adjusting any hardware.
Surface-fitting BTEs are similar to behind-the-ear models but have a slightly less visible part that’s designed to fit against your skin rather than inside your outer ear canal. These hearing aids can be useful if you have trouble getting certain kinds of in-the-ear devices properly seated into position because they’re often easier for fitting technicians to work with since there isn’t as much variability between people’s ears and no need for custom molds. However, this style is only available from one manufacturer, so it may not be an option for everyone who needs them, depending on availability or cost considerations.
CIC stands for “completely in the canal” – very small and fits entirely inside your ear canal. They’re custom-made to suit each individual to be more expensive than other styles. Because they’re so small, people often find them challenging to use at first, but many eventually get used to the sensation.
If you’re looking for a more specific device that does things like stream audio straight to your hearing aid or has directional microphones, be sure to ask your audiologist about these features. But, again, it’s essential to find a device that will suit your lifestyle and needs.
The tips above should help you choose the best hearing loss aid for your needs. Be sure to consult with your audiologist and try out different styles and features to find the right one for you. Don’t forget to speak to other users of hearing aids to get their advice and recommendations. With a little bit of research, you should be able to find the perfect aid for your lifestyle and budget.