Hearing loss can affect individuals at any age. Impaired auditory function may result from environmental conditions (such as working in a noisy environment), illness, or trauma to the head. In some cases, heredity is involved.
It’s incredibly frustrating when hearing is compromised. Conversations become challenging. Being unable to hear sounds, such as a teakettle whistling, your dog barking, or a loved one asking for help, creates difficulties. Auditory loss can even be dangerous, especially if you can’t hear important alarms or an emergency vehicle on the road.
Thankfully, the technology for hearing aids continues to advance, with new breakthroughs made every year. There are styles, sizes, and types of devices to suit many different needs, including a person’s anatomy or lifestyle.
Designed for veterans and first-time hearing aid users, these devices are hidden from view. Custom fit to the ear’s shape, they rest comfortably inside the ear. Small in size, they utilize the latest in technology to amplify sound to a clear, audible level without drawing attention. They are easy to remove, and typically are ready to wear after just one visit to the audiologist.
In The Canal
An entire subset of devices sits in the ear canal. Receiver-in-canal models come in discreet designs and are easy to adjust. They work well for all levels of hearing loss, from mild to severe. Available in a variety of colors, they provide excellent sound clarity.
Completely-in-canal models are virtually undetectable. They work well for mild to moderate hearing loss and provide phenomenal sound quality. Standard in-canal models are visible but can be accessed easily. They also deliver top quality sound, including clear voices that stand out in almost any environment.
Behind The Ear
Hearing aids that are worn behind the ear work best for moderate to severe auditory impairment. They come in discreet designs that tuck behind the ear for privacy. Models have buttons or dials that are easy to use, and a variety of colors are available to suit your preference. This style is recognized for comfort and high performance.
In The Ear
Able to cover the entire range of impairment from mild to severe, these devices differ from most in-canal varieties because they rest in the outer, visible portion of the ear. They provide excellent sound quality even in noisy places, and they are easy to reach when you need to remove or adjust them. They let the wearer accurately distinguish speech during conversations.
Single Sided Hearing
This is a unique class of devices that works best for individuals who experience hearing loss in only one ear. These products decrease reverberations, thus balancing the normal auditory perception in one ear with the amplified sound in the other.
Made For the iPhone
For ease and convenience, these devices are designed to be compatible with your iPhone. Music and phone calls can be streamed from your phone directly to your hearing aids. They’re highly effective in eliminating buzzing and whistling. What’s more, they work great in noisy environments.
As you can see, many types of devices exist to suit your needs and tastes.