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Best Hearing Aids

Man Selecting Hearing Aids

Are you having issues with your hearing? When you speak to an audiologist, they will test your hearing. If the test reveals a level of hearing loss, then hearing aids will typically be the recommended form of treatment. Hearing aids can provide you with the best quality of life and ensure that you have the level of support you need to continue to socialize effectively. This is particularly important for older individuals because an inability to communicate effectively has been linked to increased chances of depression.

You may not realize this but there are actually a few different types of hearing aids to consider and we don’t mean the various brands available on the market. Instead, you need to think about the tech you might want in your hearing aids as well as the type of style you need. Different styles will suit individual lifestyles so let’s explore these options and consider the ideal choice for you.

Different designs

There are three main different designs that you can consider when asking your audiologist about new hearing aids. These are behind the ear, in the ear and in the canal. As you might have guessed, each one describes where the bulk of the hearing aid is placed.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids fit behind the ear and have a plastic hook to keep them in place. They are typically the largest of the three main varieties, but do come in a mini style to offer more privacy. Because of their size, they provide a lot of power and can be equipped with many different features, making them suitable for individuals with mild-to-profound hearing loss.

Then there are in-the-ear hearing aids that fit into the outer ear. These hearing aids fit snugly in your outer ear bowl and provide the security you need when working out. While smaller than a behind-the-ear style, they are still large enough to easily clean and maintain. In-the-ear hearing aids are suitable for people with mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss.

In-the-canal hearing aids are the only ones that cannot be seen or detected at all. If privacy is important to you, in-the-canal devices might be the right option. With these hearing aids, you can make sure that you are getting the treatment you need while maintaining discreetness. Because of their small size, their power options are slightly lower than some other models, which means they are only suitable for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

What tech do you need?

There are actually various forms of tech that you can consider when choosing your hearing aids. The first is noise reduction software. With noise reduction technology you can make sure that you will be able to hear one source more clearly. This could be one person speaking in a crowded room or it could be another piece of technology.

The devices can even provide directional control. This means the hearing aids can be programmed to pick up sound from one direction rather than from around a whole room or area.

Connectivity technology can also be useful for users. With connectivity software, you can make sure that you can get your hearing aids to link with different tech devices that you might use in your daily life. Examples including cell phones, iPods, TVs, laptops and tablets. The benefit of this is that with Bluetooth technology sound from devices like this can be transmitted directly into your ear. As such, you will be able to hear it all far more clearly which is great news. A hearing aid can also manage the level of noise to make sure that it does not damage your hearing further.

Other technology an audiologist can recommend includes devices with memory software. If a device has memory, this means that you will be able to store a variety of different settings that you can rely on. You can then choose the setting that you need for a specific situation. As such, you could have a setting for a crowded area or a quiet room with only a few people. This is fantastic as it means you can customize your hearing for different situations.

We hope this helps you see that there is a wide range of possibilities when choosing tech and designs for your hearing aid. If you need further help, contact Hearing Health Care today at (843) 488-2717 for our Conway office, or (843) 497-6156 for our Myrtle Beach location. We can provide the full level of support and expertise to ensure you make the right choice.