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 sizesWe 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 appointment.  

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, AuD
Paula Webster, MA

Advanced Audiology Concepts
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060

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