There are many different kinds of hearing aids available on the market. When speaking to a hearing instrument specialist about getting a pair of hearing aids, it can be rather overwhelming to see that hearing aid technology has expanded so much over the past couple of years. While your local hearing instrument specialist can certainly help you make a decision, it’s worth taking a look at the different features available on hearing aids to see if there are any specific features that you’re personally looking for.
Understanding How Hearing Aids Work and Their Various Styles
First, it’s important to understand how hearing aids actually work so that you have a better idea of what features to look out for.
Hearing aids typically all work the same. They have a form of microphone that picks up sounds around you, it’s then amplified or processed with a computer chip inside of the hearing aid, then it’s played back through a speaker that’s located on the inner part of the hearing aid. Sometimes, this is attached directly to the hearing aid itself, but other times, the sound is fed through a small tube that goes into your ear.
When it comes to features, they usually affect how the sound is processed, where the hearing aid is located on your ear and also if there are any programmable settings that can change the sound itself.
There are also various different hearing aid styles to be aware of. In most cases, the common ones are in the ear (ITE), behind the ear (BTE) and in the canal (ITC). Each of these hearing aids has their own benefits.
In-the-ear hearing aids are usually custom-made to fit your outer ear. This makes it extremely comfortable since it’s made to fit your ear shape. They also have more space than small hearing aids, meaning there’s more space for volume control and other buttons. Since they’re bigger, they’re also a bit easier to handle which can be helpful for people with dexterity problems.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids sit behind the ear with a hook that goes over the top of your ear. Instead of the speaker behind the device itself, the sound is fed through a small tube that is connected to the earpiece. These are the largest type of hearing aid, meaning there is a lot more space to put buttons and unique features.
In-the-canal hearing aids are the smallest and are usually custom-molded to fit partially in the ear canal. These can be less visible than other styles, but they usually have fewer features because there is less physical space to place buttons and larger computer chips. However, this doesn’t have to be a downside as some people would prefer having fewer features to worry about.
Rechargeable batteries make it really convenient for you to maintain your hearing aids. Instead of having to change the batteries regularly, you can simply recharge them at night and they’ll be ready to use in the morning.
Noise reduction features can be helpful if you plan to use them in a crowded area. For example, it can reduce the noise that you hear while traveling on public transport and it can also help you deal with the noise caused by wind.
These days, more and more people are discovering that their hearing aids can be paired with their phones via Bluetooth or other wireless-compatible devices. This means you can listen to music through your hearing aids, take calls and even connect it with a television or other device that traditionally doesn’t have wireless functionality.
Learn More About Hearing Aids Today
If you’re interested in learning more about hearing aids today then don’t hesitate to contact Hearing Science of The Foothills, Inc, at (818) 248 8648. With assistance from a hearing instrument specialist, you’ll be able to find the perfect hearing aid that has all of the features that you need.