Types of Hearing Aids for Different Hearing Disorders


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Types of Hearing Aids for Different Hearing Disorders

  1. 1. Types of Hearing Aids for Different Hearing Disorders Hearing aids are special tools that are of great help to people with hearing disorders. The device is an electroacoustic gadget which fits in behind the ear of the person having hearing impairment. It is designed to amplify and modulate sounds. Ahearing aid functions with the use of a microphone which is beingused to take in sounds from the area and a speaker afterwardsamplifies the sound in the ear. The sound or the volume can bechanged. It depends on how quiet or how loud a place or asetting is. The level of sounds in a particular place will determinehow loud the amplified sound will be transmitted into the ear.First time hearing aid users may find it difficult to adjust wearingthe device. It is very usual that most hearing aids block the earcanal which causes sound reverberations. Commonly called as“occlusion effect”, some hearing aid users experienced it andtakes time to adjust in using the device. Initial fit causesirritation, inconvenience and discomfort to the user. Good thing isthat there are some hearing aid options that lessen the occlusioneffect. Open fit hearing aids, invisible in the canal hearing aidsand an oral hearing loss treatment were some alternatives thatcan replace the traditional type. To those who are patient in theadjustment period upon wearing the device, here are some tipsways in which you can adjust easily wearing it:¬ Talking to yourself to make adjustments to the new sound ofyour voice will be the first step
  2. 2. ¬ Make gradual conversions from quiet to louder surroundings asyou adjust to new hearing aids¬ Trim down background noise in your place. You may turn offappliances that are not necessary as well as closing doors andwindows so as o prevent sounds from coming in¬ Identify sounds and try to recognize them¬ Wear the device several times daily with at least 30 minuteintervals¬ If painful and you feel some discomfort for several days, youmay consult your hearing aid providersDuring the early days, hearing aids are called “ear trumpets” or“ear horns”. These are funnel-like amplification cones being usedto gather sound energy and passed through the ear canal. Otherdevices then include bone anchored hearing aid type and cochlearimplant. As of present, there were already innovations when itcomes to developing hearing devices. From analog type to digitaltype, one may choose which type best suits them. They usuallyvary in size power and circuitry. Here are some of the hearing aidclassifications:¬ Behind The Ear (BTE) --- This type is composed of a smallcurved case made of plastic that fits behind the ear and a smallpiece of tube that passes behind the ear device into a customizedear mold that lies over the ear canal. BTE has the advantage ofbeing highly accessible and is easy to control. It also has themost powerful sound amplification compared to other hearing aid
  3. 3. types. This type is usually used by children with hearing disordersbut it is actually intended for people of all ages especially thosewho are suffering from severe hearing impairment.¬ Open Fit --- This type is just like the standard BTE type. Itconsists of a housing case that lies behind the ear and a tube thatpasses the ear bowl. Open Fit hearing aid does not have a moldthat lies over the ear bowl, instead, tubing ends in a small tipallows a more natural sound and completely removes theocclusion effect. It also has a smaller case and much thinnertubing which makes it more comfortable to wear than the BTEtype.¬ In The Ear--- This is the most common type being usedtoday. In The Ear hearing aid fits into the inner and outer ear andcan be used for all types of hearing disorders. Compared tobehind the ear hearing aid type, in the ear hearing aid has amore stable fit and offers easier setup. In addition, this type ofdevice is not affected by wind noise as much as BTE. This type ismolded to fit the outer ear bowl and some versions are extremelysmall and very light in weight. It also has no external wires ortubes and is suited to mild to moderate hearing damages.¬ In-The- Canal (ITC) and Completely In The Canal (CIC) --- Inthe canal type rest inside the ear canal which provides a devicethat can hardly be seen. They are not generally recommended forpersons who have severe hearing damages because of its smallsize making the ability to amplify sound much lesser. ITC hearingaid is limited only for those persons with adequate size earcanals.¬ Invisible In the Canal Hearing Aids (IIC) --- This type is fitted
  4. 4. deeper into the ear canal making t invisible to the non-wearers. Adjustment of IIC is usually wireless and some usersutilize their cellular phones in making adjustments to memory orvolume. Occlusion effect is reduced and allows a more naturalhearing familiarity.Hearing aids are very important to those who have hearingdisorders. Patience is needed during the adjustment period. Afterthe adjustments, enhanced hearing abilities will certainly follow.For More Information, Call Fidelity Hearing Center At: (562)-732- 4713 Or Visit Us At: http://www.hearing-aids-lakewood-ca.com