If you have just had a consultation with your audiologist and were prescribed hearing aids to treat your hearing loss, it is important to explore your options. During your hearing test, your audiologist determined your abilities to hear in particular ranges of sound. Even with this information, the range of possibilities when it comes to hearing assistance can be overwhelming.
If you were to look for hearing aids on your own, the types and names might appear like a jumble of letters and acronyms. Here, we provide a simple explanation of the main types of hearing aids. Within each type, there is great variety, so it is important to work side-by-side with your audiologist to determine which type is right for your needs and to suit your lifestyle.
The two basic kinds of hearing aids are In The Ear (ITE) or Behind The Ear (BTE). Within these general types, there are many variants, with different pros and cons depending on your needs.
Choosing a Hearing Aid
With all these different styles and features, it’s no wonder that choosing a hearing aid is a very personal process. Not only is your hearing ability part of the decision, but you also will want to consider your lifestyle and the environments or activities that will require hearing assistance.
If you want to hear better in social settings but feel uncomfortable using a visible hearing aid, then an ITE might be the right choice. However, if you struggle with dexterity, then a larger BTE might be helpful. Furthermore if you engage in activities that might subject the aids to moisture, then you will need to use that preference in your hearing aid decision. Ultimately, it is important to work with your audiologist to choose the aids that are right for your hearing needs and lifestyle.
To learn more about the hearing aids we manufacture in-house, or the major hearing aid brands that we carry, contact us at Eartronics today.