Helping You To Choose The Right Prescription Hearing Aids
Nobody grows up looking forward to the day that they can wear prescription hearing aids, but with the alarming statistics surrounding hearing loss, they are a critical treatment process for prolonging your hearing health and maximizing your hearing capabilities.
The problem with prescription hearing aids is that for many years, they built a stigma for being large, clunky items often found in grandparents’ drawers, but over the past ten years, the perception of hearing aids has drastically changed.
The huge developments in technology now mean that hearing aids are incredibly small and sometimes even invisible.
They boast Smart technology that allows you to connect to your smartphone and gives you the ability to stream music, phone calls, or even your television directly into your hearing aids.
With more and more people now walking around with wireless earphones sticking out of their ears, the old perception of hearing aids has changed and there’s never been a better time to take advantage of the incredible technological advancements.
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Your first step before considering hearing aids is to have a comprehensive hearing assessment to accurately test your level of hearing.
The Different Styles Of Prescription Hearing Aids
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) – Tiny & Often Invisible
If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, then IIC hearing aids are custom-fitted and come in a choice of colors. IICs are unique, as they’re inserted deep into the ear canal, so depending on your ear shape, they’re often invisible when worn. This is a huge advantage for the style-conscious wearer.
Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) – Mostly Invisible
Unlike the IICs, these aids are comfortably inserted and extracted from your ear, with the small “handle” peeping out the side. They are custom-made and mostly invisible, as well as coming in a range of colors to match the skin-tone of your inner ear. They’re the perfect choice if you have mild to moderate hearing loss.
ITC hearing aids feature a custom-fit, skin-matching colors, and can be inserted and extracted with ease. Made to look as if they are a part of your natural ear, these aids are the perfect choice if your hearing is diminishing at a steady pace. Suitable for mild to mildly severe hearing losses.
Mildly severe to severe hearing loss patients may find ITE hearing aids beneficial due to their sleek design that fits perfectly to the ear’s outer entrance. They are incredibly comfortable to wear and offer maximum hearing coverage. Available in a variety of colors, they’re custom made and can be matched to your skin tone.
Barely visible when worn, the RIC style is an instrument in which the receiver, or speaker, is inside the ear canal. Thin electrical wires are used instead of a plastic acoustical tube, reducing distortion. RIC hearing aids provide a comfortable, open fit and are perfect for mild to moderate hearing loss.
When you think “hearing aid” – the chances are you’re thinking of the BTE design. Usually worn by moderate to severe hearing loss patients, the technology is housed in the casing of these hearing aids, ensuring they rest comfortably behind the ear while the clear plastic acoustical tube sends the amplified sounds into a customized earmold that’s fitted inside the canal. Available in many different colors, they come with easy to use buttons and are highly discreet.
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