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What to Look for in a Hearing Aid

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, your audiologist likely recommended a hearing aid as treatment. The next step in the process is selecting a hearing aid that’s right for your hearing and lifestyle needs, so you can once again converse with your partner at The White Linen and follow along at conferences at Maner Conference Center.

There are so many styles of hearing aids and features available, it may be overwhelming when you start the selection process. Fortunately, the experts at Topeka ENT will work with you every step of the way.

Types of Hearing Aids

The first step is to choose what type of hearing aid is best suited for your hearing loss. While there are many styles available, there are three main ones that we describe below:

  1. In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are the most discreet hearing aids available. While some fit mostly in the ear canal, others fit so deep they are basically invisible. This type of hearing aid is best suited for mild to moderate hearing loss. The small size means there are generally fewer extra features.

  2. In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are larger than ITCs and sit in the outer bowl of the ear, filling either part or all of it depending on whether you get a half-shell or full-shell. These devices hold more features and are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.

  3. Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are the largest style of hearing aids, meaning they are typically packed with the most additional features. This style is suitable for most types of hearing loss and are usually the style of choice for children.

Hearing Aid Features

After choosing which type of hearing aid you want, you’ll talk to your provider about what features are important to you. Some features offered in today’s hearing aids include:

  1. Many of today’s devices can provide a full day of hearing with one overnight charge, saving you time and money spent on replacing batteries.

  2. Some hearing aids have Bluetooth connectivity, meaning they can connect to your smartphone, smart watch and any other Bluetooth-enabled device.

  3. Remote microphones. Hearing aids that pair with remote microphones can help aid speech comprehension in settings where it’s difficult to hear or pick up on visual cues, like riding in the car.

  4. Customizable programs. You can select a hearing aid that offers customizable programs for different sound settings. Some can even adjust automatically.

For more information about choosing the right hearing aid or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Topeka ENT today.

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