Six Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids are the most common type of hearing loss treatment. 

One in five people who would benefit from a hearing aid doesn’t wear them. Maybe this is because of the stigma surrounding hearing aids or because they don’t know much about hearing aids. 

However, hearing aids are the most common type of hearing loss treatment for good reason! So, today we will discuss the different types of hearing aids, how they work, and six things you didn’t know about hearing aids to help you decide which ones are right for you.  

Types of Hearing Aids 

There are many different types of hearing aids. However, all of them essentially work in the same way and are made up of three essential parts: 

  • A microphone that collects sound in the surrounding environment 
  • An amplifier that boosts the sound level
  • A speaker to transmit the enhanced signal into your ear

The three most common types of hearing aids include

1. Behind-The-Ear 

BTE hearing aids are the most common type of hearing aid. They are made up of two parts: one part that sits behind the ear and one part that sits in the ear canal.

2. Receiver-In-Canal

RIC hearing aids are similar to BTE hearing aids. However, they use a thin metal wire (receiver) with a dome or custom mould instead of a plastic tube. The hearing aid’s speaker is in the receiver, which sits in the ear rather than the body of the hearing aid. 

3. In-The-Ear 

ITE hearing aids are custom and made up of one single part that sits in the ear. It either fills half of the ear bowl or the full ear bowl. 

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Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Aids 

Here are six things you didn’t know about hearing aids to convince you that they will benefit you in the long run if you need them. 

1. They aren’t just for the elderly 

According to the World Health Organisation, of the 466 million people around the world who suffer from hearing loss, 34 million of them are children.

In Australia, three to six children in every thousand have hearing loss. Hearing loss can occur at any age caused by ear infections, loud noise exposure or genetic factors. Therefore, hearing aids aren’t just for the elderly. 

Whether a child, teenager or adult, anyone at any age can be diagnosed with hearing loss and recommended hearing aids to help cope with the hearing loss. 

2. They can adjust automatically to the environment 

Most modern hearing aids can automatically adjust the noise levels to suit the environment. 

For example, if you’re in a noisy room, your hearing aid can adjust and turn the volume up to focus on the voice of the person you’re having a conversation with. 

3. Hearing aids won’t cure your hearing loss

There is a common misconception that hearing aids will miraculously restore your hearing aids. However, that’s not the case. 

Hearing aids are used to amplify sounds that you can already hear. For example, they will help you to hear conversations and the TV. Although they don’t restore your hearing, hearing aids will definitely improve your quality of life, enabling you to participate in social events and communicate with friends and family. 

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4. You may need to wear a hearing aid even if you have mild hearing loss

Most people believe that you have to have profound hearing loss to wear a hearing aid, which is another misconception. 

Many people with mild hearing loss find that wearing a hearing aid makes a big difference. The only way to know if a hearing aid will help aid your hearing loss is to book a hearing test with your audiologist. 

5. You can listen to music through your hearing aids 

Most modern hearing aids come with Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can listen to music and stream phone calls through your hearing aids. 

Behind-the-ear and receiver-in-the ear hearing aids are the most common types with Bluetooth connectivity. 

All you have to do is connect your hearing aids to your phone, and you can listen to music directly through your hearing aids and receive calls without having to use your phone.

6. You can trial hearing aids 

You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, right? Well, the same can be said when buying hearing aids. 

Hearing aids are a big investment, so you want to be sure that they fit your needs and lifestyle, which is why we offer 30-day free hearing aid trials

A hearing aid trial is the best place to start your journey to better hearing. EarDeals only works with qualified audiologists who can help you choose hearing aids to trial and fit them for you. 

If you aren’t happy with your hearing aids, you can come back and try a different style that may be more suited to your needs and lifestyle. 

Get Hearing Aids at EarDeals 

If you’ve recently had a hearing test and found out you have hearing loss and need hearing aids, look no further than EarDeals. 

With direct access to a global network and all major manufacturers, our brokers can find the best hearing aid prices for you. Browse our range of hearing aids, and if you’re still not sure which ones are best for you, get in contact with us today

Our hearing aid brokers are here to help you find the right hearing aids to suit your hearing loss and lifestyle. 

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