Before choosing hearing aids, it is essential to know that just because your friend has a particular type does not mean it will be suitable for you. The hearing aid that you get will depend on the level of hearing loss you have, your lifestyle, your expectations or goals for getting the hearing aid and at times your preference on aesthetics, brand and style. The following is the different types of hearing aids.
This type of hearing aid sits behind your ear towards the top side. It is usually attached via a tube to an ear mould that sits in the bowl of your ear leading to your ear canal. Sound waves will travel from the hearing aid to the mould and eventually into the ear canal.
People with severe hearing loss will mostly use this hearing aid. They are made more powerful and will be larger because of the size of the battery they require.
For those individuals who cannot wear the mould mentioned above and those who have good hearing for low-pitch sounds, the open-fit BTE is a suitable fit for them. The device will be specially designed having a thin tube that directs sound from the hearing aid to the ear canal.
In-The-Ear (ITE) and In-The-Canal (ITC)
These two are almost similar, but ITE devices will be larger than the ITC devices, meaning that the ITEs are more powerful than ITCs and are more useful to people with severe hearing loss. In their design, the key part will sit in your ear bowl, and a portion will extend into your ear canal to direct sound waves. These devices may not be suitable for most people, and that is why you may note that a majority of individuals will have BTE devices.
ITC and ITE devices are smaller in size and may be difficult to clean and maintain. They are also affected by ear wax and undergo wear and tear quicker than BTE devices. If you suffer from ear infections, this may not also be the device for you. You can see here that even though you prefer this device, other factors may not allow you to have them and render you more suitable for BTE devices.
CIC devices will not sit in your ear bowl; rather, they will sit deep in your ear canal. They are also small and can be vulnerable to ear wax and wear and tear. They are not suitable for everyone, especially if you have narrow ear canals. Additionally, they do not correct all levels of hearing loss. Your ear features and the level of hearing loss you have will determine whether a CIC device is suitable for you.Share
2 January 2019
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