If you have hearing loss and you are looking at hearing aids, you may find it overwhelming. There are so many different hearing aids out on the market today. It is important to learn how hearing aids work. Knowing how hearing aids work will help you decide which one is best for the type of hearing loss you have.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are three main types of hearing aids, and they include:
- Behind the ear. These aids have a hard plastic case that is behind the ear. It connects to an ear mold that fits inside the ear. Sound moves through the hearing aid. This aid type is best for people who have mild to severe hearing loss. There is also a new behind-the-ear aid that is an open fit. It is small and fits behind the ear. There is only a narrow tube that is inside the ear canal.
- In the ear. In the ear hearing aids fit inside the ear. They are for people who have mild to severe hearing loss. These types of hearing aids can make it easier to hear over the telephone. This aid type is not a good choice for children because you will have to replace the casing as the ear grows.
- Canal aids. This type of aid has two different styles. The in the canal aid fits the shape and size of the ear canal. A complete-in-canal aid remains hidden inside the ear canal. These aid types are best for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. These are usually not recommended for children or people with severe hearing loss. These types of aids can come with Bluetooth connectivity and several other features.
Making Sure You Get the Right Type of Aid
Now that you know the different types of hearing aids, you may wonder which one will work best for you. The best way to determine this is to see a hearing care specialist. A hearing care specialist can determine how severe your hearing loss is. From there, they can make suggestions based on your personal needs. For example, if you have mild hearing loss, you may only need a small canal aid. They will be able to show you which ones will fit the best in your ears, and they can show you how to use them.
Call Us Today
If you have hearing loss and you are planning to get aids, please give us at Sidney Sound and Hearing Services a call. Our audiologists will be able to help you to pick out the right hearing aids for the type of hearing loss you have.