Congratulations on taking the first step towards better hearing -- learning about your options! We understand that living with an untreated hearing loss can be difficult. It affects not only the individual, but their family and friends as well. Fortunately, modern hearing aids include advanced technology that help people just like you to improve their hearing & communication. We'll start by understanding the basics of hearing loss, and then discuss how to choose the best hearing aid for you, making sure to cover the different types of hearing aids. Let’s get started!
Before Hearing Aids: Understanding Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors including aging, history of noise exposure, illness, certain medications and more. It is important to understand what type of hearing loss you have before pursuing treatment options. It's important to seek out a qualified audiologist to provide you with a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Based on your lifestyle/goals and the results of your hearing test (shown in a graph called an Audiogram), your audiologist will be able to recommend the best model and wearing style for your unique situation.
How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid?
Choosing the best hearing aid for you can seem initially overwhelming due to the wide range of options available on the market today. There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when selecting a device including size, style, lifestyle needs and budget. Working with an experienced audiologist is key in selecting the right device for your particular needs as they will help guide you through the process and ensure you find a device that fits both your lifestyle and budget.
Different Types of Hearing Aids
There are several wearing styles of hearing aids available in today’s market including, Invisible in Canal (IIC), Completely In Canal (CIC), In The Canal (ITC), Mini Receiver In Ear (mini RIC), Receiver in Canal (RIC) and Traditional Behind The Ear BTEs & Power Behind The Ear BTEs. Each type has its own advantages depending on your needs so it is important to consult with an audiologist who can recommend which type is best for you.
Living with hearing loss doesn't have to hold you back. When you choose the right hearing aid for your particular needs, you can reconnect to who and what you love in life. If you or someone close to you is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, or has a known untreated loss, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced and friendly Audiologists. Our top-rated practice is dedicated to patient satisfaction, and we'll work hard to ensure a successful journey to better hearing for you as well.