Choosing the Right Hearing Aid
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, your audiologist likely recommended a hearing aid as your best form of treatment. Hearing aids are not a one-size-fits-all treatment, so it’s important to consult your audiologist to ensure you get the device that best attends to your needs. Whether you’re looking for something small or simply want a device loaded with the most advanced technology, your audiologist will steer you in the right direction.
When talking about hearing aids, it’s important to note there are several different styles and features you’ll want to consider. Taking into account your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget needs, your audiologist will help you understand which device will be most suited to your particular circumstances.
Hearing aid styles
Part of selecting the right hearing aid is knowing which style will work best for your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. This means examining the three main styles and then contemplating the features that would be most beneficial for your needs.
Behind the ear (BTE)
BTE hearing aids are worn behind the ear and have a thin tube connected the electrical unit to the receiver. While these devices are larger than the other options, they do come in mini versions, as well as hair and flesh tones to make them less noticeable. They are ideal for individuals with mild-to-profound hearing loss and can be easier to handle when cleaning your device or changing the batteries.
BTE devices are the largest of the hearing aid varieties, which means they are powerful and can be equipped with a number of features, from directional microphones to Bluetooth.
In the ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids are another popular variety you can choose if you have a mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss. These devices come in full and half shell options and can be selected in a skin or hair-toned color to blend in better with your look if that’s what you prefer. They are larger than devices worn in the canal, which makes them easier to handle when cleaning or changing the batteries.
In the canal (ITC)
ITC hearing aids are molded to fit inside the ear canal, so they will offer you discreetness and a natural listening experience. They’re very small, and the least visible type because they will typically be colored similarly to your skin. They provide excellent coverage for most hearing loss, but because the device is very small, it can last a much shorter time when compared to the other hearing aids and you’ll need a bit of dexterity to maneuver it and change the batteries.
Because of their location, ITC hearing aids are very small and while still powerful, cannot be equipped with as many features as a BTE device. They are suitable for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
There are also a lot of technological advances in the world of hearing aids. Some of these are very useful for everyday life and others can be considered essential depending on your line of work.
There are now hearing aids that can be recharged. This will save you a lot of money on purchasing and replacing batteries, and it means you can treat your hearing aids more like an electronic device. You simply charge it every night and use them when you wake up, making them more convenient for tech-savvy people. It also means you won’t need to carry replacement batteries everywhere you go.
It’s now possible to wirelessly stream audio from your devices to your hearing aid by using what’s known as a streamer. These will relay sounds from Bluetooth devices like a smartphone to your hearing aids, allowing them to double as a Bluetooth headset. This is incredibly useful for people that answer the phone a lot or want to listen to music through their hearing aid.
Get in touch today
At Sahali Professional Hearing Services, we love helping new patients discover all of the latest hearing aid technologies. Our audiologists are experts at helping you feel at ease and explaining the types of hearing aids that are available to you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to book a hearing test or just to speak to us for more information regarding hearing loss. We also have plenty of useful resources on our website that will help you gradually cope with your hearing loss. Contact one of our three clinics at:
- Sahali Professional Hearing Services, V2C 5R9: (250) 374-5767
- Fortune Centre Hearing Clinic, V2B, 2L2: (250) 554-3706
- Merritt Hearing Clinic, V1K 1B8: (250) 315-9688