If you’re one of those people dealing with hearing problems, a pair of hearing aids can be your best solution. However, like most people, you are probably unfamiliar with these devices so it’s challenging for you to buy them. The first step you can take to end this problem is to discover the hearing aid options available today.
Digital versus Analog
First, if you’ve been checking out stores and hearing centers, you may have found that analog aids cost much lower than their digital counterparts. Don’t let price fool you. Digital hearing aids rely on computer technology to alter and “cleanse” the sound so that it can be heard and understood more clearly by the wearer. On the other hand, analog hearing aids work with on older technology, in which a basic audio booster is used to raise the sound’s volume.
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Designs of Hearing Aids
CIC – Completely In the Canal
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The CIC hearing aids are placed right into the ear canal and are the smallest of all types of hearing aids today. Due to their size, batteries are also very small and they don’t last too long. This is the priciest type and the hardest to get out of the ear. Size is important, but so are ease of use and battery power.
ITC – In The Canal
Similar to CIC, ITC hearing aids are small and discreet, but don’t go all the way to the ear canal, which means they are easier to insert and remove. But, unlike the CIC, these tools are rechargeable, leading to time and cash savings. There’s no need to keep buying batteries!
ITE – In The Ear
These hearing devices, designed to sit in the ear as well as wrap itself around the top section of the ear, are bigger than ITCs and CICs and occupy the ear canal area completely. Though effective, their shape and analog technology are outmoded, and it will be very obvious you’re wearing hearing aids. Another issue with them is that they tend to pick up feedback and the sound of blowing winds.
BTE – Behind The Ear
Like ITEs, these hearing aids also tend to be quite bulky, and you’ll notice through the plastic case that holds it just behind the ear. It goes over the top of your ear and attaches to a thin and tiny plastic tube that goes into the ear canal. This type is also the largest in size compared to all other hearing ads in the market today.
Certainly, you will have to talk to a professional before making a choice, but knowing what your options are is always a great start. More knowledge means you will be able to make a wiser choice.