The Best Hearing Aids for Your Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss affects one in six Australians, and hearing aids are the most common form of treatment. 

However, not every hearing aid suits every type of hearing loss. 

The hearing aid that will best suit you will depend on the severity of your hearing loss. 

Today we will discuss how hearing aids work, the different types of hearing loss and which hearing aid is best for your hearing loss. 

How do Hearing Aids Work?

Contrary to popular belief, hearing aids don’t restore your hearing, but they amplify the sounds you can already hear. 

All hearing aids are made up of three basic components

  • A microphone
  • An amplifier
  • A receiver 

Hearing aids work by collecting sounds from the environment through the microphone. The sounds are sent to the amplifier, where the sounds are amplified and converted into digital code.

The hearing aid then analyses and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The amplified sounds are then converted into sound waves and delivered to your ears through the receiver. 

Types of Hearing Aids

Sensorineural and conductive are the two main types of hearing loss. However, those hearing losses can range from mild to moderate to profound.

So, what hearing aid is right for your hearing loss?

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) 

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are the most common types of hearing aids and mostly suit those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

This type of hearing aid comprises two parts, a casing that houses the electronics and sits behind the ear and an earpiece connected to the casing by a plastic tube that sits in the ear canal.

Advantages

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Easy to maintain
  • Lower cost
  • Minimal feedback

Disadvantages

  • Reduced sound quality 
  • Not as suitable for high levels of hearing loss, such as profound hearing loss
  • Less discrete
  • Susceptible to wind noise 

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)

Receiver-in-canal hearing aids are similar to behind-the-ear hearing aids. However, instead of a plastic tube to connect the casing to the receiver, a wire is used. 

This type of hearing aid is suitable for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Advantages

  • Comes with a rechargeable battery option
  • Most likely to come with Bluetooth connectivity 
  • The speaker can be replaced separately
  • Telecoil options are common 

Disadvantages

  • Smaller sizes can be an issue for those with dexterity problems
  • The speaker is susceptible to moisture and wax damage
  • Less discreet 

Best Hearing Aids

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) and Completely-In-Canal (CIC) 

These types of hearing aids are custom-moulded to fit inside your ear canal are is the smallest hearings aid available. 

Completely-in-canal and invisible-in-canal hearing aids suit those with mild to moderate hearing loss. 

Advantages

  • Very discreet
  • Great sound quality 

Disadvantages

  • They are susceptible to moisture and wax damage
  • Small size can be an issue for those with dexterity problems 
  • Small size can also be a problem for connectivity to wireless devices

In-The-Canal (ITC) 

In-the-canal hearing aids are custom-moulded and fit partly in the ear canal. 

Because this type of hearing aid is slightly bigger than IIC and CIC styles, they have a slightly longer battery life and can fit a wide range of hearing losses. 

Their bigger size also allows them to host additional features, such as directional microphones and manual controls. 

Advantages

  • Discreet
  • Long battery life
  • Directional microphones
  • Manual volume control 

Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to ear wax and moisture damage
  • More occlusion can make the wearer feel plugged up 
  • Small size can be an issue for wireless connectivity 

In-The-Ear (ITE)

This type of hearing aid is custom-made in two styles: one that fills most of the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear (full shell) and one that fills the lower area (half shell).

These hearing aids are suitable for those with mild to severe hearing loss.

Advantages

  • Longer battery life
  • Easier to handle 
  • Manual volume control 

Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker
  • May pick up wind noise
  • More visible in the ear than smaller devices

If you are a first-time hearing aid wearer, there are some steps to take to help you get used to your new hearing aid. 

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What to do Next?

If you have recently had a hearing test and have been recommended hearing aids, talk to the brokers at EarDeals today.

We offer a wide range of hearing aids from global manufacturers for all types of hearing loss. Browse our range of hearing aids, from behind-the-ear to Bluetooth connectivity and invisible-in-ear, we have something for everyone. 

Contact us today to speak to one of our brokers who can help you find the best hearing aid for your hearing needs. 

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