If you have hearing loss or impairment, you have probably considered getting a hearing aid. You may be wondering, however, how and if it will help, and how to know which is the right system for you. Hearing aids may not be able to restore normal hearing, but they amplify softer sounds so that you can hear well.
Hearing aids have similar parts and are digitally powered to carry sound from the environment into your ear, amplifying them in transit. There are small microphones which carry sound from the environment and a computer chip containing an amplifier to carry sound. The sound is analysed and adjusted according to your hearing impairment and listening needs and settings, and then these sound signals are reconverted to waves and delivered though speakers.
There are different types of hearing aids New York City and these have different sizes and special features. This article discusses common types so that you know what works best for you.
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC OR mini-CIC)
CIC hearing aids are made to fit within the ear canal and help to improve mild to moderate hearing impairments. They have the following advantages:
- Least visible as they are very small
- Very unlikely to pick up interference from wind
It also have a few following disadvantages:
- Susceptible to clogging from earwax
- Have no special features like directional microphones or volume control
- Use small batteries, which are more difficult to handle and don’t last as long
- In the canal (ITC)
ITC hearing aids are custom-molded to partially fit within the ear canal. They are also ideal for mild to moderate hearing impairments for adults. They are less visible than larger hearing aids. This allows for addition of certain features that are excluded to make CICs. Being small, however, you’ll have some trouble adjusting this type of hearing aid when you need to. The speaker may also be clogged by earwax.
- In the ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids can be customized to one of two styles: hearing aids which fit the bowl-shaped part of the outer ear or full shell and those which fit only the lower half or half shells. These are recommended for people with mild to severe hearing impairment. As they are bigger, they include special features excluded in the first two, e.g. volume control. They are also easier to handle and come with a bigger battery that lasts longer. However, they are more prone to disruption from factors like wind noises and are more visible than the canal devices described above.
- Behind the ear
BTE hearing aids hook over the top of the ear, resting behind the ear. There is a tube which connects your hearing aid to a bespoke earpiece known as an ear mold fitted inside your ear canal. This type of hearing aid can be used by people of all ages with mild to severe hearing loss. It is the largest size of hearing aid, although technology has seen it streamlined to become smaller and almost invisible. While it is able to amplify sound better than the others, it is also most susceptible to wind interference.
There are a few other types of hearings aids you can choose from. The most important consideration to make is the severity of your hearing loss/impairment rather than the aesthetic appeal. You can speak to a qualified hearing doctor before purchasing hearing aids New York City.
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