Hearing loss is a common issue as you grow older, making it more prevalent with the older generation. But there are cases where young and middle-aged individuals have unexpected hearing loss from either injuries, illnesses, or viral infections.

In any case, solutions to hearing loss are readily available. From clearing wax blockages to help prevent tinnitus – the right treatment is essential to treating your ears kindly.

One of the best and cost-effective ways to combat hearing loss is by using hearing aids.

Interested in learning more? Keep reading.

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Do you think you need a hearing aid? Speak with an audiologist today.

Understanding how hearing aids work

All hearing aids have one essential function: helping you hear better.

They do this by carrying sounds from the surrounding environment into your ear and amplifying them. Hearing aids are commonly digital and are either battery-operated or rechargeable.

The necessary parts of a typical hearing aid consist of a small microphone that collects the sounds. The computer chip adjusts to your degree of hearing loss and the sound levels around you (speakers or receivers), and a program button that also allows you to switch the device on and off.

Some of the more popular brands include Oticon, Phonak, Bernafon, Resound, Unitron and Starkey.

Types of hearing aids

Since there are many hearing aids in the market, various brands differ in price, size, features, and how they fit into your ear.

A quick note on smaller devices

You’ll notice that past hearing aids are larger, while more modern ones have become smaller and smaller. This is because the demand for low-key or low-profile devices is higher. To understand what type of hearing device would be suitable for you, contact Hearmore for a FREE hearing assessment.

This is something to consider when trying out low-profile hearing aids.

How to choose the appropriate hearing aid

There are many hearing aids in the market at the moment, making it easier for those that need them to find the best one for their needs. Here is how you can select the best hearing aid to suit your needs amongst the many options available.

These are some of the factors people consider when looking for a hearing aid:

  1. The visual appearance
  2. What is available in your area
  3. How fast they can adjust to the model
  4. Features needed

Here are some of the types of hearing aids you can choose from.

Completely in the canal (CIC) or mini CIC

A CIC is designed to fit entirely in your ear canal. This device is best for those that suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss.

In the canal (ITC)

The ITC is customisable to the user. It fits partially in the ear canal and can help with mild to moderate hearing loss.

In the ear (ITE)

The ITE is also custom-made, but this time in two styles. The first sits on the bowl-shaped outer ear area, and the other sits on the lower part. This type of hearing aids is for mild to severe hearing loss because of the directional microphone.

Behind the ear (BTE)

The BTE model rests behind the ear and can hook to the top of your ear, providing extra security. This is also a custom earpiece that sits in your ear canal/ the BTE is used by almost all ages with varying degrees of hearing loss.

Receiving in canal (RIC) or receiver in the ear (RITE)

Both styles are like the terms of where it sits, but this time, a wire connects the pieces instead of a tube.

Open fit

Another variation of the BTE with a thin tube, but this model has an open dome. Unlike the previous ones, they keep the ear canal free and open, making it perfect for people with low-frequency hearing and mild to moderate high-frequency loss.

Book an appointment with Hearmore UK today

Worried about what type of hearing aid to choose from? Speak with Hearmore UK for more information about the hearing assessment and the perfect hearing aid for you.