Hearing loss is completely natural and affects many of us as we get older. But that knowledge does not make it any easier to live with, especially if you or a loved one are worried about the possibility of having to wear hearing instruments for the first time.
Studies show that untreated hearing loss can have a negative effect on your health and attitude, even resulting in stress, depression, isolation and reduced earning power. It is common to experience hearing loss as we get older. But did you know that the majority of people with hearing loss are actually below retirement age? Whatever age you are, there’s no need to withdraw from conversation, friends, and family. The right hearing solution can help you stay active and participate fully in the things that are important to you.
“The key to satisfaction with hearing devices is to wear them in different situations and experience for yourself how they help you get more out of life.”
Hearing aids have come quite a long way since the first conception. They have become much more discreet, lightweight, reliable and high performance.
There are several different options regarding hearing aids. At the hearing aid consultation, your audiologist will discuss the various styles and technologies available in modern hearing aids.
There are a few main styles of aids. Those styles can be classified as Behind the Ear (BTE), In the Ear (ITE), and Completely in Canal (CIC).
Behind the Ear (BTE)
- BTE devices are comfortably placed behind the ear similar to were eyeglasses would be placed.
- BTE hearing aids do not interfere with the use of eyewear.
- Most people wearing BTE style aids will often comment as to not feeling anything is on their ear. Hearing aids are very lightweight and will not weight down your ear.
- Different sizes and colors are available for a BTE wearer (Traditional BTE, Micro BTE & Mini BTE).
- The most popular hearing aid style due to the flexibility and comfort of the aid.
- Can fit hearing losses from mild to profound.
In the Ear (ITE)
- ITE is custom fit for your ear and programmed for your hearing loss.
- These hearing devices require a cast to be made of the ear. The cast or impression is then sent to the manufacturer for production.
- ITE devices can encompass the entire part of the outer ear or a smaller, half version of the device is available as well.
- Can fit hearing losses from mild to moderately severe.
Completely in Canal (CIC)
- The smallest custom fit hearing aid available.