Hearing Aid Technology
Hearing Aid Technology
Many people are reluctant to use hearing aids and don’t understand that hearing aid technology is always improving. Some are concerned about appearance. Others associate them with a stereotype of aging. Some people doubt their effectiveness. What people need to know is that hearing aids have become much more sophisticated and effective, and are more appealing in design.
Hearing aids vary in their sophistication, complexity, and style. What many patients do not realize, however, is that achieving maximum benefits rests heavily on the clinical expertise of the prescriber. The difference between a good and optimal outcome frequently depends on an audiologist’s in-depth understanding of the human auditory system.
Types of Hearing Aids
All hearing aids contain: a microphone to pick up sounds, an amplifier to make sounds louder, a receiver to send the louder signals to the eardrum and a battery to act as the power source.
There are five types of hearing aids:
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) micro-technology allows this type of hearing aid to be worn deep inside the ear canal. CICs are so tiny, they are almost invisible when worn.
- In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are smaller than the ITE style and are also-custom made to fit the size and shape of your ear canal.
- In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-made and fit comfortably inside the ear.
- The behind-the-ear (BTE) style sits behind the ear, while the amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized ear mold which fits in your ear.
- Open-ear hearing aids are the newest design to reduce or eliminate that echo or plugged feeling wearers can sometimes experience. They are easy to wear and barely noticeable.
Digital Hearing Aids
Sophisticated hearing aids are now available that employ digital signal processing and directional microphones. These new hearing aids provide excellent sound quality and have been shown to provide significant benefit in difficult listening situations. These hearing aids contain a computer chip and are set by the Audiologist to match your hearing loss using a computer. For further information regarding digital hearing aids, contact us at Brampton Audiology.
Steps to Assurance
- Make sure your hearing test is conducted by an Audiologist.
- Make sure your test results are interpreted by an Audiologist.
- Make sure your prescription for hearing aids is written by an Audiologist.
- Make sure your fitting is done by an Audiologist.
Who Should You See For Hearing Aids?
If you suspect you have a hearing loss and may need hearing aids, make sure you see a Doctor of Audiology. Most people with hearing loss can benefit greatly from hearing aids. However, today’s hearing aids are much more complex than in the past and they require extensive knowledge to prescribe them accurately.
An Audiologist will advise you if hearing aids are recommended for your hearing loss and has the advanced education needed to prescribe and fit today’s high technology hearing instruments with the precision these devices require.
For your hearing aid needs, contact Brampton Audiology