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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Hearing aid styles
Hearing aids are the primary
means of treating permanent hearing loss. Most hearing loss is
permanent and is not medically or surgically treatable. If you notice
difficulty hearing or changes in your hearing, see an audiologist.
A comprehensive evaluation will determine whether you are a
candidate for hearing aids or for medical/surgical options.
90% of all hearing loss is permanent. In which case hearing aids are the first line of treatment. Hearing aids are basically miniature loud speaker systems. The microphone picks
up the sound, the amplifier makes the sound louder, and the receiver (speaker)
delivers the sound. By 2009, 98 percent of all hearing aids were digital.
Digital technology allows sound to be manipulated in many useful ways. Some hearing aids are completely automatic,
while others have adjustable controls.
Hearing aid styles are classified
as “standard” and “custom.” Standard hearing aids include behind-the-ear (BTE)
and mini-BTE devices. These devices are designed to fit most ears and usually
require some customization of the earpiece and the connection of the device to
the earpiece. Custom hearing aids include in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC),
and completely-in-the-canal (CIC). These products require a custom-molded shell
that houses the electronics. Standard and custom hearing aids come in a variety
of technologies, colors, shapes, and sizes. We work with you to review hearing aid options and
assist you in making a good choice.
The choice of hearing aid styles
and features is based on several factors including the type and amount of
hearing loss, individual needs such as communication requirements, lifestyle,
and manual dexterity, and medical history.
Start with a comprehensive
hearing evaluation performed by an audiologist. Call for an
great! Enjoy every moment!
AuD Paula Webster, MA Advanced Audiology
Concepts 8897 Mentor
Ave Mentor, Ohio 44060 440-205-8848 http://www.aacHEAR.org/