What Is The Best Hearing Aid For You?

Maybe you've considered getting a hearing aid, but you're have some concerns about how it will look or whether it will really help you. The best way to find out is to come and see us so that we can help you through your choices. The choices available to you will not be clear until you have had a comprehensive hearing test, however it may help to ease your concerns to know a little about the types of hearing aids available, What to look for when buying a hearing aid and how the process usually works.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can't restore normal hearing, the damage that has been done means that this is impossible. They will improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds and sounds you have problems hearing, they also reduce loud background noise. Modern hearing aids are mini-computers that are dedicated to processing sound. Hearing aids vary a great deal in price, size, special features and how they looked. Hearing aids usually come in four broad technology levels running from low to the highest. Traditionally hearing aid technology would have been dramatically updated every four to five years. This has changed somewhat with dramatic updates to function and efficacy coming every two to three years. 

Hearing Aid Manufacturers

The manufacturers we deal with are Phonak, Unitron, Resound, Widex and Beltone. Each one of these hearing aid manufacturers provides hearing aids that cover most hearing losses with styles and options that suit most people. As an Independent Hearing Healthcare Practice we use all of these hearing aid manufacturers, this allows us to decide what hearing aid is right for you and your hearing loss.

How Do Hearing Aids Work

Hearing aids make sounds louder so that they can be heard by you with your reduced level of hearing. Small microphones collect sounds from the environment. A computer chip converts the incoming sound into digital code. Then it analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through speakers.

The following are common hearing aid styles, beginning with the smallest, least visible in the ear. Hearing aid manufacturers keep making smaller hearing aids to meet the demand for a hearing aid that is not very noticeable. But the smaller aids may not have the power to give you the improved hearing you expect. Nor may they be suitable for people with dexterity or vision issues.

Receiver In The Canal hearing aid It looks like the Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, however, it has the speaker part in the ear, which improves the sound quality significantly. It is smaller and cosmetically more appealing for younger people. Covers mild to severe hearing losses. Not suitable for people who have moisture in the ears (from exercising, for example) or with wax-build-up problems. A receiver in canal hearing aid:
Has a less visble behind the ear body and is therefore more discrete than most BTEs
Can amplify for most hearing losses no matter how severe
can be susceptible to earwax clogging


You Won't Know Until You're Tested

You really will not know which hearing aids are the most suitable for you until you are tested. After your hearing loss is explained to you an Audiologist can then explain your options and guide you through your decision. Size and discretion are one thing, but there are so many features available that can help with so many problem areas that you also need to consider.