Types of Hearing Aids Available For You

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There are two types of hearing loss namely: Sensorinueral and Conductive hearing loss. Sensorineural happens when the tiny hair cells lining your outer ear are damaged and it can't be reversed. Conductive occurs due to malformations in the outer or middle ear or a physical blockage. This type of hearing loss can be reversed by having corrective surgery or treating infections that are in your middle ear. You can also consider using one of the following hearing aids.

Traditional Behind-the- Ear (BTE) Sometimes, these group of hearing aids does include RITA (receiver-in-the-aid) aids. All the electronic components that are in plastic case are worn behind the ear. Sound is then sent to the ear via the tubing that joins the plastic case to the receiver. A custom designed earmold is worn in the canal of the ear. This hearing aid has considerable amplification both in low and high frequencies. It has flexible features making it the best choice for you if you're suffering from severe hearing loss. It is also very easy to manipulate the controls and to select and use the telecoli mode.

You'll have an easy time cleaning the custom designed earmold. This aid also uses large batteries for more power. The downside of this aid is that some of the custom-made molds are visible. Also, the ear mold must fill the entire ear canal and fit snugly. However, feedback is rare due to the snug fit. It is vulnerable to wax buildup and sweat.

Mini-Behind-the-Ear (mBTE) Other names include receiver-in-the-aid (RITA), receiver-in-the-canal (RIC), canal receiver technology (CRT) and receiver-in-the-canal (RIC). With RIC aids, the receiver which is the speaker that's used to send sounds to your inner ear, is placed inside the inner canal. It attaches itself to the ear through a thin wire that's custom-made from a soft piece of material known as earmold. It is designed to fit the earmold while channelling sound into your ear.

This aid is invisible and very comfortable. It is also very easy to insert large versions and prevents you from experiencing a plug-up feeling. Once moisture and pressure builds-up, the receiver's lifespan ends up being shortened.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) With these hearing aid, feedback tends to be very minimal when you use it with your phone. It fits tightly and deeply in your ear. A removal string can be used to remove it. It's invisible since it is placed in the canal and is not sensitive to wind noise. Its disadvantages include being vulnerable to moisture and wax build-up and the fact that it can only accommodate a small battery that's only powerful for milder hearing loss. In addition, a directional microphone can't be included since it's too small. Lastly, you may experience challenges when it comes to handling and adjusting this aid.


12 September 2017

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