Here are the key things that would help you evaluate available options.
- If you are suffering from severe hearing loss, using a large machine would be good for you.
- If you are susceptible to excessive earwax buildup or to ear inflammations, small hearing machines are not recommended. They may get damaged easily and quickly by the earwax as well as draining ear fluid. Better you look for something else that would suit your condition.
- If you want to lessen certain types of background noise while boosting sound frequencies, every small hearing aid may not help you. And, you will be likely to go with your trouble hearing.
- If you are an avid user of electronic devices such as music players, cell phones or laptops that send wireless signal, you are likely to opt for a hearing machine, which is absolutely compatible with the devices that you frequently use.
- The costs of the hearing aids vary from size and features. Usually insurance providers don’t provide coverage towards such aids. So your budget or financial capacity is another important factor that might impact your decision.
- If you are concerned about your look with the ear machine, let the hearing aid professional or the audiologist know about this. He or she is the best person to help you shortlist the choices to what would be perfect suit both to your look and hearing requirements.
- Your dexterity is another thing to consider with priority. If you are a victim of arthritis, you might face difficulties with inserting and removing small earning machines. In this scenario, choosing for a large device would be better for you as you can easily handle it.
How they work
Hearing aids or ear machines use basic ear parts for carrying sounds from surroundings into the ear and to make the sound louder and clearly audible. Usually, such aids are digital and powered with battery specifically designed for operating hearing machines. The small microphone of the device collects sound from environment which then gets converted into a digital code with the help of computer chip equipped with an amplifier. The chip analyses and makes adjustment to the sound depending on the extent of hearing loss, listening requirements and intensity of the surrounding sound. Amplified signals now converted back into audible sound waves and get delivered to the ears by means of speakers.
Types of hearing aids
The key types of hearing aids are as follows:
- Completely-in-the-canal or CIC
- In the canal or ITC
- In the ear or ITE
- Behind the ear or BTE
- Receiver-in-canal or RIC