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What should You Know before Buying Hearing Aids?

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Prior to considering or purchasing hearing aids it is important that you have your hearing checked with an audiologist, understand your level of hearing loss, and identified the best treatment solution. While on other occasions they confirm that you are experiencing hearing loss and rate this loss within varying degrees. To understand the level of loss your audiologist will run a range of tests to determine the type and severity of your individual loss. 

Hearing loss falls into one of three categories. Conductive hearing loss is where the sounds aren’t conducted properly into the inner ear. Sensorineural hearing loss is usually due to the sensory receptors of your heating system not working properly. Thirdly, mixed hearing loss, which is the combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. 

How to choose the right hearing aid

Like most of the new technology available, there are many different variants available. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and with different technological levels. This is why it is so vital that you have guidance from an audiologist as it is vital that the hearing aid can work properly and suit your individual requirement and support your level of hearing loss. 

Once you’ve understood the level of hearing loss, ranging from mild to severe, there are then other aspects for consideration. 

Style of hearing aid and visual aesthetic

Although hearing loss affects many Americans, some prefer to minimize the visual element of this condition while others are happy enough to show off their hearing device. It is a very personal decision.

In-the-ear (ITE) is a hearing aid that is an electric amplifier within an earmold that fits the outer bowl. Invisible in canal (IIC) offers a small and light hearing aid device. Completely in canal (CIC) is a little larger than IIC but offers a more powerful device that is nearly invisible. Full shell ITE is an earmold that fits the outer ear with the battery and electronics located within a shell connected to you. 

Behind the ear (BTE) is where the battery and electronics sit in a shell behind your ear where a tube will run the amplifier through to the ear canal. Receiver in the ear (RITE) is a smaller BTE device as the sound receiver sits in the ear canal. So once the type is decided, like other aspects of your visual appearance, you can choose a hearing aid in a variety of colors, styles and sizes. 

Lifestyle 

It is also vital that you consider your day-to-day needs. Consider what you like doing and what the hearing aid will be aiding you with. If you prefer going out and being in busy loud locations, you will require a hearing aid that will be able to reduce background noise and can support the focus of the speech for those whose company you are in. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay in and meet friends in quieter locations for a coffee this enhancement may not be required. 

Level of technology needed

If you like your technology, you can get hearing aids that can directly link to your smartphone to allow you to manage and track your activity. In addition to this, some hearing aids come with the additional feature of being Bluetooth enabled, allowing you the opportunity to sync either your television or music allowing them to play directly through your hearing aid. 

Rechargeable or disposable battery power

Hearing aids are powerful devices and run off battery power to keep them functioning and allow all features to work. Like the hearing aid itself, the technology for batteries has evolved over the years, creating more choices. Generally, there are four types of batteries used within hearing aids, designed to support the different hearing aid types. 

Hearing aid batteries are small so the ease of changing these to keep power to your hearing aids is considered before a recommendation is made. There is also the consideration of rechargeable hearing aids. Rechargeable devices instantly remove the need to change batteries while still meeting your hearing requirements. So, all you would need to do is ensure that they remained charged for your usage. 

To learn more about hearing loss and possible options available to you contact HEARINC by calling us today at 234-347-0155.