If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, your thoughts might immediately turn to selecting your hearing aids. Wanting the best hearing aid for your hearing loss is natural, but there are many things to consider when making this decision.

Unfortunately, there is no singular best hearing aid that is the perfect fit for everyone. Everyone will have different preferences and priorities for what they expect from their hearing aids, so instead, it is always best to focus on working with your Hearing Instrument Specialist to find the best device for your personal circumstances and requirements. In doing so, there are two particular areas you will want to focus on, as we will discuss in more depth below.

Hearing Aid Styles 

There are three main styles of hearing aids, all of which offer their own specific benefits. The options are: 

1. Behind The Ear (BTE) 

  • The receiver sits behind the ear, with a plastic tube connecting to the amplifier in the front of the ear.
  • Suitable for mild-to-severe hearing loss.
  • Offers the longest battery life.

2. In The Ear (ITE) 

  • The receiver and amplifier are placed in the same casing and sit in the ear.
  • Available in full-shell and half-shell styles, with full-shell covering more of the outer ear bowl and half-shell covering less.
  • Suitable for mild-to-severe hearing loss.

3. In The Canal (ITC)

  • A unit containing both the receiver and amplifier sits in the ear canal.
  • Considered to be the most inconspicuous style of hearing aid.
  • Suitable for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

Hearing Aid Features

Hearing aid features can help enhance your experience of using your hearing aids, with a wide variety of options now available. Here’s an overview of the most common choices along with the benefits they can provide: 

Directional Microphones 

  • Sound from in front of the wearer is prioritized over sounds from behind
  • Helps make it easier to focus on conversations and reduces distracting background noise

Tinnitus Masking 

  • Beneficial for those who have been diagnosed with tinnitus; a condition that causes people to hear sounds that are not actually there, which is commonly associated with hearing loss
  • A consistent sound is played to mask tinnitus and distract the brain from registering the sounds directly

Noise Reduction 

  • The hearing aid analyzes the sound signal
  • Sounds that are judged to be unwanted – such as background or environmental noise – are subsequently reduced

Telecoils 

  • Allow users to connect to a sound signal directly in order to improve sound quality
  • The sound signal can be from a personal telephone or a public system that offers the technology, such as a concert venue or guided tour

It is important to focus on finding the device that best suits your needs. As technology advances, especially in the medical industry, hearing aids will continue to come to market with robust features. Do not forget that the main goal for wearing hearing aids is to improve your hearing and ultimately your quality of life. Consult with your provider and see how hearing aids will best suit your needs. Feel free to give us at Wise Hearing a call.

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