If you’ve experienced any hearing loss symptoms, you may have started to think about getting a hearing aid. Many people worry about how a hearing aid will affect their appearance to others and even whether they really work. Discussing these concerns with a professional audiologist and learning about all the hearing aid options that are available today is sure to dispel any negative preconceived notions.
Hearing aid technology has come a long way. Modern hearing aids improve, not only general hearing ability but speech recognition as well. They are more comfortable than they used to be and many are so small that they are nearly invisible. All hearing aids are made up of the same components to pick up and carry sound from the environment to your ear, however there are many different hearing aid options, offering various styles, sizes and the way they are placed in your ear.
Depending on your personal type of hearing loss, an audiologist will help you determine which type of hearing device is the best fit for you. There are a few more common types of hearing aids. The least noticeable devices, known as ‘Completely-in-the-Canal’ devices, are molded to fit inside the ear canal and are designed to improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. Their placement makes them the least likely to pick up wind noise. There are also ‘In-the-Canal’ hearing aids, also custom molded, which fit partially in the ear canal, but not as deeply as the aforementioned model. Other hearing aid options are the half-shell and full-shell In-the-Ear hearing aids. These are also custom molded and fill either half or most of the lower portion of the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear. These models are a bit bigger than the ones that go inside the ear canal, but they’re a bit easier to handle and include features like volume controls, directional microphones, and longer lasting batteries. These styles seem to work better for those with mild to severe hearing loss. Behind-the-Ear aids hook over and rest behind the top of the ear. It’s the most visible type of hearing aid, but the styles of today are smaller and sleeker, making them much less noticeable than those of the past. This type of hearing aid technology has the benefit of offering the most amplification, and it is best suited for children. For more hearing aid information and to discuss your personal hearing goals with an audiologist call Metro Hearing in Phoenix at (602) 639-4064.