Hearing devices are an effective and popular solution and, because of recent developments in the hearing aid technology industry, there are more types available now than ever before. To be able to find the best hearing aid for you, getting to know how they work, what types are available and how they can benefit you is important.
Hearing aids work by amplifying sounds around the wearer, making sounds clearer and louder. Made up of three parts, an amplifier, microphone and speaker, sounds are picked up by the microphone(s) and made louder by the amplifier before being released into the ear by the speaker.
Modern hearing aids are work either behind the ear or can sit within the ear canal.
There are many different styles of hearing aids that are designed to suit a range of lifestyles, budgets and varying degrees of hearing loss.
IIC’s are designed to fit comfortably and discreetly within the ear canal and are virtually invisible to those around you (dependent on the internal anatomy of your ear). Although these hearing aids fit firmly inside the ear, they also host powerful hearing aid technology and could be the perfect fit for you and your hearing loss.
The CIC is another small and discreet hearing aid that fits completely within the canal; because of this, they are hard for those around you to spot.
Due to the nature of fitting within the ear and every individual’s canal being different, these hearing aids are custom fit and moulded to the shape of your ears.
One of the more discreet hearing aids is the ITE. ITE’s have their technology placed inside the shell that rests inside the ear. This means they are more discreet than the conventional Behind-The-Ear hearing aids but just as powerful.
A smaller device to the BTE is the RITE. These are also very common and provide a natural fit to the wearer. They come in a variety of colours and host powerful technology that makes them a good solution for many.
A very common type of hearing aid, the Behind-The-Ear model is likely one you’ve seen before. The BTE has become more smaller and more powerful than ever, thanks to the latest hearing aid technology available.
Helping both your hearing and your vision at the same time, spectacle hearing aids are perfect for those who wear glasses but also need assistance from hearing aids.
There are a wide range of styles and frames available or, if you prefer, you can keep your original frames.