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How to Find the Best Hearing Aid for You

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If you do a quick search on the Internet, you will see that there are so many different hearing devices for you to select from. This can be a little bit overwhelming. However, there is no need to worry. All you need to do is get in touch with an audiologist who will be able to provide you with their expert opinion on the hearing aid that is going to be right for you. Nevertheless, it does help to have a bit of background knowledge about the different devices that are out there, and this is what we are going to provide you with in this blog post. 

Different styles of hearing aids 

When you are looking for a hearing aid, one of the first factors that you are going to need to consider is the style of the hearing aid. Depending on what you want from your hearing device and the sort of aid that you are going to be compatible with, you may have a few different kinds of hearing devices to choose from. One of the most common is the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing device, which is the most common out of all the devices out there and the biggest.

Nevertheless, these devices do often come in smaller versions as well. They sit behind your ear’s shell, with the tube running over the top. There are a lot of benefits associated with this style of hearing device, including that it is compatible with severe hearing loss, it has lots of features and it is easy to adjust. However, there are some drawbacks, these devices are bulky and can often cause a plugged feeling in the ear. 

There are a number of other styles of hearing devices you may want to consider. This includes an in-the-canal (ITC) hearing device. This hearing aid sits just within the ear canal. It does not give you a plugged-in feeling and it is less noticeable. However, these devices can be more challenging when it comes to removing the hearing aid, they have a shorter battery life and they can often be uncomfortable, which is why it is a good idea to find an experienced audiologist who will ensure you end up with the right hearing aid and that it fits you perfectly.

Aside from this, you may want to consider an in-the-ear hearing aid or ITC device. These devices are lightly plugged into the entrance of your ear canal, sitting in the bowl of the ear. These are smaller than BTE models yet they are bigger than ITC models. They come with relatively flexible features and they are easy to insert. However, in terms of disadvantages, they are less powerful. 

Hearing aid devices 

In addition to considering the different styles of hearing devices, you are also going to want to consider what sort of additional features you want to come with your hearing device. Let’s look at some of the common features that come with hearing devices on the market today:

  • Variable programming: Memory and data logging can enable the programming of your hearing aid to adapt in accordance with your surroundings and preferences.
  • Direct audio input: This will enable you to connect your hearing device directly to a different audio source, your television or cellphone.
  • Remote controls: This will enable you to toggle settings, volume, without taking your hearing aid out. 
  • Connectivity: This typically refers to wireless connections to televisions or smartphones using Bluetooth or another type of technology. It can also refer to two hearing aids being linked together wirelessly. 
  • Environmental noise control: A lot of the hearing devices available today come with pre-set settings, which depends on your environment and could include noisy places or quiet rooms. 
  • Noise reduction: This technology is designed to lower background noise and enhance your understanding of speech while using your hearing device. 

Contact Hadassah Kupfer, Au.D today for more information

If you think that you may have hearing problems and you need to speak to a professional, all you need to do is pick up the phone and contact Hadassah Kupfer, Au.D today. Hadassah Kupfer, Au.D has many years of experience as an audiologist in the industry, and can help you to find the perfect hearing device for you. The number you need is 917-791-1510.