There are many choices when your looking for a new hearing aid. There are many styles, companies, advertisements, deals and pricing options to choose from. So, which is the right one for me?
There are 3 important factors to consider when purchasing a Hearing Aid
1. WHAT'S YOUR STYLE?
- Completely-in-canal (CIC). These hearing aids are custom made to fit entirely in the ear canal. This style is nearly invisible. Some models fit deep in the canal and are entirely invisibly.
- In-the-canal (ITC). These hearing aids are custom made to fit in the ear canal with a small portion of the hearing aid being visible in the outer ear.
- In-the-ear (ITE). These hearing aids are custom made to fit in the entire portion of the outer ear.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE). These hearing aids are housed in a plastic case that goes behind the ear having a sound tube directing sound to an ear mold or dome in the ear canal.
- Receiver-in-canal (RIC). These hearing aids are housed in a micro plastic case behind the ear with a small thin wire attaching the hearing aid to the receiver (speaker) inside the ear canal.
Receiver in canal (RIC) hearing aids are the most popular model. They provide a comfortable, open fitting that is barely visible when worn. Usually, the custom in the ear models cause a blockage of the ear canal and may take time getting use to. To correct this issue, a large vent is incorporated in the design. Custom hearing aids provide an invisible appearance and are preferred for this feature and for those not wanting anything resting behind their ears.
You also have to consider the type and degree of hearing loss with your hearing provider. Certain styles of hearing aids perform better with certain types of hearing loss. For example, an open ear RIC hearing aid is more acceptable with some having normal low frequency hearing accompanied by a mild to severe high frequency hearing loss. Someone with a more severe hearing loss would need a hearing aid that provides effective amplification. Your also want to make sure you can properly handle the hearing aid. Dexterity is an important factor in deciding the type of hearing aid most appropriate for you.
2. WHAT'S YOUR NEEDS?
Most hearing aid manufacturers develop several levels of hearing aid technology. The hearing aid style may look the same from the outside, but what your actually paying for is the digital chip inside. This technology determines the cost of hearing aids. Lower technology are the least expensive and they are used by those with less active lifestyles. These hearing aids are useful for those that are in quiet environments most of the time and are periodically in noisy environments.
Advanced and premium technology levels are needed for those that have a relatively active lifestyle. Advanced and premium technology can automatically reduce background noise and automatically adjust settings based on the environment you are currently in.
3. WHAT'S YOUR BUDGET?
Hearing aids vary in price depending on where your purchasing them from and the level of technology. There are 6 major hearing aid manufacturers in the world. These leading manufacturers include Phonak, Oticon, Widex, Signia, Starkey and Resound. I recommend not paying more than $6,000 per pair for any companies premium technology hearing aids. Your investment in Better Hearing is invaluable to your longstanding health and welfare.
Dr. Mike's Hearing discusses these 3 key factors when deciding your hearing needs. We offer free consultations and technology demonstrations of the latest hearing aid technology. We guarantee the lowest price on all manufacturer's hearing aids. Visit our website www.DrMikesHearing.com for the newest technology and view our affordable prices.
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