Hearing aids are sophisticated devices that are used for improving hearing ability in people who are affected by certain degree of hearing damage or hearing loss. Using hearing aid devices is usually recommended by an audiologist based on the result of a previously performed hearing test . You are aware that hearing aids will improve your hearing and with that the quality of your life, but you are certainly concerned about how you will feel and look when wearing them.
To ease your concerns and choose the right hearing aid device for you, what you need to do is to learn more about the features, advantages and disadvantages of the different types of hearing aid devices. So let’s go through the hearing aid options (in terms of brand, model, price, size, way of placement in the ear and special features) available on the market and the most important things that you need to consider, so that you will be able to narrow down your options and make the best choice.
Before You Buy a Hearing Aid Device:
Seek a referral to a reputable audiology clinic
Make it a point to undergo a hearing test;
Ask for hearing aid devices with a trial period;
Make sure the hearing aids manufacturer offers a warranty for quality and durability;
Determine how much you are willing to spend.
Hearing Aid Device Styles
CIC (completely in the canal) – As the name itself implies, this type of hearing aid device are designed to fit inside of the ear canal.
- Small size;
- Doesn’t pick up wind noise.
- The speaker can be clogged by earwax;
- Doesn’t have additional components such as directional microphone and volume control;
- Use small batteries with a short lifespan.
ITE (in the ear)
These hearing aids come in two styles, full shell and half shell. What this means is, the full shell covers the whole area of the outer ear while the half shell hearing device covers half of the ear shell.
- Easy to handle;
- Use larger batteries with longer lifespan;
- Comes with additional features such as volume control;
- Bigger and less compact size;
- More visible;
- Pick up wind noise
BTE (behind the ear)
This type of hearing aids are placed over the top and behind your ear. There’s a small tube that connects the outer part of the hearing aid device with the earmold, a small earpiece that is placed inside of your canal. The behind-the-ear are not the most recommended type of hearing aids because they are bigger in size and pick up more wind noise than the other aforementioned types.