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How to Choose the Right Hearing Aids


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For many who suffer from hearing loss, choosing the right provider as well as the appropriate hearing aids, can be quite a daunting task.

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How to Choose the Right Hearing Aids

  1. 1. Basics on How to Choose the Right Hearing Aids For many who suffer from hearing loss, choosing the right provider as well as the appropriate hearing aids, can be quite a daunting task. What patients need to know is that just buying an expensive hearing aidis not always going to get you the results that you might expect.No matter how expensive, or state of the art your hearing aidsmight be, if they are not properly programmed to fit your hearingloss and lifestyle, they may not do you much good.It is important for patients to understand that not everyone hasthe same degree, type or configuration of hearing loss. Therefore,every hearing-impaired ear will process sound differently. This iswhy it is so important to make sure that you see an Audiologist.Audiologists have either a master’s level or doctorate level collegedegree in the science of Audiology. It is important to note thatnot all hearing aid fitters are audiologists, so be sure to ask.Audiologists are the experts in hearing aid fitting and have moreeducation and knowledge than any other type of hearing aiddispenser.An audiologist is trained to provide a comprehensive diagnostichearing evaluation and determine what type of technology willserve your lifestyle and needs.Your audiologist should carry every style and technology level. Itis also important that they be expert in at least two differentbrands of hearing aids. Being expert in at least two brands helps
  2. 2. to ensure that the recommendation is based on the best solutionfor you and that not just one particular brand is being pushed.Once again, not every patient will do well with one brand sohaving a choice is important.The style of aid is typically a large concern for patients so it isimportant for you to know that they are many styles of hearingaids out there however, not every style is appropriate for everyhearing loss. Here are some photos of the various styles.In-the-Ear or Full Shell – This hearing aid is custom made andfills most of the bowl-shaped area of your ear. This style isappropriate for a mild to severe hearing loss.Half-Shell - This hearing aid is also custom made but only fillsthe lower portion of the ear. This style is appropriate for a mildto moderately-severe hearing loss.In the canal – This hearing aid is custom molded and fits partlyin the ear canal not showing as much in the bowl area of the ear.This is appropriate for a mild to moderate hearing loss.
  3. 3. Completely in the canal – This is a custom molded aid to fitinside your ear canal, and is the least noticeable. This isappropriate for a mild to moderate hearing loss.Behind-the-Ear – This is a hearing aid that hooks over the topof the ear and rest behind the ear. The sound travels through atube that is attached to an ear mold that fits inside the ear. Theear mold can be made in many different sizes. This type isappropriate for almost all types of hearing loss.Open Ear – An open fit hearing aid is a very small hearing aidthat sits behind the ear with a very small tube that runs down theside of the face and then has a tiny dome or speaker that sitsinside the ear canal. This is best for mild to moderate highfrequency hearing loss.Do your research and be sure to choose a good Audiologist.Together you can find the most appropriate hearing aids for yourhearing loss and lifestyle and ensures better hearing and betterpatient satisfaction!Melissa Carnes, AuD Cynthia Nardelli, M.S., CCC-ANARDELLI AUDIOLOGYDoctor of Audiology Certified Audiologist For More Information Call Us at 304-933-4329 or Visit