When it comes to choosing a hearing aid, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. The first, of course, is the severity of your hearing loss. The next is the design and style of the hearing aid, and then you need to choose whether you want an analogue or digital hearing aid.
It may seem overwhelming, but when you speak to your Darroch Hearing audiologist, he or she will be able to give you sound advice and guidance as which will suit not only your ears but also your pocket:
- Analogue hearing aids process sound by amplifying electronic signals whereas digital hearing aids use small computer chips to process sounds.
- The first type of hearing aid that you get is the traditional ‘behind the ear’(BTE) design. This consists of a housing that sits behind the ear with an amplifying tube running across the front of the ear to the receiver seated inside the ear.
- The ‘receiver in the ear’(RITE) design is smaller than the BTE and easier to manage. More of its parts are situated inside the ear.
- ‘In theear’ (ITE) hearing aids fit completely in the ear and are less visible than the BTE and RITE. Unfortunately, these tend to need more maintenance than other hearing aids.
- ‘Completely inthe canal’(CIC) hearing aids are also situated entirely in the ear, but are smaller than the ITE. These are not suitable for those who have severe hearing loss or even if you get ear infections regularly.
The choice is yours,but we will gladly help you make the best-informed decision for your hearing loss as well as cosmetic needs. Just talk to your audiologist when you come in for your check-up.