If you’re one of those people dealing with hearing problems, a pair of hearing aids can be your best solution. But, if you’re like most folks, you may be unfamiliar with these devices, making it a challenge to buy them. The first thing you can do to solve this problem is to know the hearing aid options available to you.
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 be fooled. Digital hearing aids make use of computer technology to change and filter the sound such that the wearer can hear a crisp, clean and amplified output. 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 tiniest of all models available today, CIC hearing aids placed deep into the ear canal. With their size, their batteries are also made extremely small with limited capacity. 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
Like CIC, ITC hearing aids small and discreet too, but they aren’t placed all the way into the ear canal, making them easier to put inside and remove. However, unlike CIC, these tools can be recharged, giving you savings of cash and time. There’s no need to keep buying batteries!
ITE – In The Ear
These hearing tools, which sit in the ear itself and wrap around the ear’s top section, are bigger than both CICs and ITCs and occupy the whole ear canal area. Though effective, their analog technology and shape are way, way outdated, everyone will know that you’re actually wearing hearing aids. Also, they have a reputation for picking up feedback as well as noise from 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 bends over the top portion of your ear, links to a small and thin plastic tube which goes all the way 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. In fact, the more you know, the wiser your choice will be.