ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Types Of Hearing Aids - Which One Is For You?

Updated on September 30, 2013

If you're suffering from varying degrees of hearing loss, what’s the best way to treat it? While there are a number of medications and therapies for treating hearing loss, one of the most common interventions is by using a “hearing aid”. A hearing aid is generally defined as a battery-operated electronic device, which makes listening so much easier for those who suffer from hearing loss. A hearing aid often consists of a microphone, amplifier and a receiver. The microphone picks up the sounds and noise in the environment, and turns them into electronic signals, and the amplifier selectively enhances or “amplifies” the electronic signals, and the receiver changes the electronic signals to sounds, and deliver these to the inner ear. Here are a number of helpful tips on how to choose the right hearing aid for you.

Source

Hearing Aids Come In different Shapes And Sizes

According to hearing loss experts, hearing aids come in different shapes and sizes, and they also differ in the way they are placed in the person's ear. Some hearing aids are very small, and they easily fit into the ear canal, making them very invisible. Other hearing aids partially fit in the ear canal. According to audiologists, who are experts at determining the extent of hearing loss, the smaller a hearing aid, the shorter will be its battery life. Hearing aids also vary in their overall design and circuitry, and the three common circuitry or electronic systems used for hearing aids are: Analog/Adjustable, Analog/Programmable and Digital/Programmable. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

What Are The Basic Hearing Aid Styles?

There are four basic types or styles of hearing aids used today. These include the BTE, or behind-the-ear, ITE or in-the-ear, ITC or in-the-canal and CIC or intra-canal. These four basic hearing aid styles describe where and how they fit in the ear. The three basic levels of hearing aid technology include conventional (analog), improved (analog/programmable) and advanced (fully digital and programmable). Despite the advances in hearing aid technology, most hearing loss experts still agree that even the best and most costly hearing aid will not be able to bring damaged hearing back to normal levels. However, the newer ones can easily be adjusted and programmed to compensate for some of the natural patterns of hearing loss, and also provide better clarity and flexibility, especially in difficult listening environments. (Source: Ohio State University Extension)

Source

Summary of Hearing Aids Style

  • BTE, or behind-the-ear
  • ITE or in-the-ear
  • ITC or in-the-canal
  • CIC or intra-canal

Who Can Help Determine The Right Hearing aid For You?

If you're at a loss as to which hearing aid variant is appropriate for you, then a visit to your doctor could be very helpful. Your doctor may refer you to a hearing loss expert or health professional, for an evaluation and a series of tests. You could be referred to an otolaryngologist (or an ear, nose, throat, head and neck expert), a hearing aid dispenser , or an audiologist. An audiologist is a trained professional who measures the extent of hearing loss, and this expert can fit and sell hearing aids. A hearing aid dispenser is authorized by the state (or county) to measure hearing,as well as fit and sell hearing aids. (Source: Federal Trade Commission)

Most health and hearing loss experts also believe that hearing loss could be a sign or symptom of an underlying medical condition or illness. A medical examination of evaluation could help reveal or uncover any illnesses or medical issues that's associated with hearing loss. In the United States, the FDA or the Food and drug Administration requires hearing aid sellers, and even audiologists, to tell their patients or customers about the need to undergo a medical evaluation or test, before they purchase any type of hearing aid.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)