At their core, all hearing instruments are miniature amplification systems made to fit either in the ear or behind the ear. ITE hearing aids have custom formed ear molds made from acrylic or silicon, or an individual shell, while BTE hearing aids come in their own plastic casing, which in some models is interchangeable.
Hearing aids help you enjoy the beauty of sound, but they also reflect your personality and style. You need to be both physically and emotionally comfortable wearing them. The good news is that modern hearing aids are discreet. Some look like fashion accessories, while others are so light and comfortable that if not for your improved hearing, you would forget you were wearing them.
Expectations and how to achieve them
When properly fitted, hearing aids vastly improve the quality of life for 95 percent of people with hearing loss. Your hearing care professional is your partner in the process of what is essentially learning how to hear again. The key to success is to establish realistic goals and to work together in order to achieve them.
Are you still not sure whether you would benefit from wearing hearing aids? When a hearing care professional fits you with the right instruments for your hearing loss, you will probably be surprised at how many sounds of life you’ve been missing.
Ten things to know about hearing aids
- Modern technology brings us hearing aids that are smaller, smarter, and more effective than ever before — and a lot less noticeable than untreated hearing loss!
- Hearing aid technology today offers exceptional digital performance and comes in many discreet and comfortable styles.
- Advanced digital hearing aids provide fine-tuning to match your degree of hearing loss and preferences.
- Some hearing aids are equipped with several levels of programming, which have different settings for diverse listening situations, such as telephone or restaurant.
- Advanced hearing aids automatically store data regarding which setting you prefer in certain situations, and will automatically switch to the desired setting for each situation.
- Many hearing aids adjust their volume automatically and are available with and without manual volume controls. Some people still like the option of adjusting the sound level whether or not they have to.
- Hearing aids with built-in telephone coils (T-coils) reduce external sounds and allow you to hear more clearly when using a phone.
- For improved sound clarity and understanding, hearing aids with Bluetooth® wireless function and accessories allow you to connect wirelessly with cell phones, televisions, MP3 players, gaming consoles, and other electronic devices.
- Age old-complaints, such as feedback (whistling), echoes, and background noise have dramatically improved and the sound is much clearer and more natural in today’s advanced hearing aids.
- The most modern hearing aid is only as effective as the hearing care professional who matches the technology features to your needs, and produces a meaningful and measurable benefit. He or she is at least as important as the product.
Get advice from a hearing care professional
Your type of hearing loss largely determines your choice of hearing aids. Together with your hearing care professional, you will find the right ones that fit your style and needs. Call 855-355-9064 or schedule your appointment online now.
 The Better Hearing Institute. MarkeTrak VIII – Patients report improved quality of life with hearing aid usage. Sergei Kochkin, PhD. http://www.betterhearing.org/pdfs/M8_Hearing_aid_benefit_quality_of_life.pdf
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