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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about different types of hearing aids, brands, hearing loss and more from Advanced Hearing Systems in Virginia Beach.

What Is A Hearing Device?

Simply speaking, a hearing device assists with hearing through one of two methods: analog or digital sound transmission. Analog is the simpler, and therefore cheaper, type of hearing aid. Digital hearing aids take analog signals and digitize them or turn them into computer-readable code. This allows digital hearing aids, the standard of the industry, to do more for users and to be more compatible with other devices than analog hearing aids. Any hearing aid, whether analog or digital, begins with the same principle. Hearing aids take sound waves and change them into a format that can be processed by the ear. The form that these signals take depend on the type of hearing loss suffered by the patient.

Hearing aids cannot help all types of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss, in which sound waves simply do not transmit into the part of the ear where sound is processed, is not helped by a hearing aid. However, sensorineural hearing loss, which can be caused by aging, head trauma, genetic factors, fluid buildup in the ear or exposure to loud noises, may be improved with the right hearing aid.

What Is An Ear Mold?

The ear mold is the part of the hearing aid that fits into the ear canal in an in-the-ear hearing aid model. While behind-the-ear hearing aids must also be fitted, the fit for a BHE model is not as critical as that for an in-the-ear model. The ear mold must fit correctly or the patient will not have optimal hearing improvement. Further, ear molds that do not fit well can cause irritation or may even come out of the ear at inopportune moments.

An ear mold is fitted for an individual, so those with hearing aids should never “trade” ear molds or use someone else’s hearing aid. Ear molds may need to be refitted if they are uncomfortable or do not provide optimal hearing improvement.

What Brand Of Hearing Aid Should I Choose?

Hearing aid brands and models vary greatly in purpose, appearance and price. The professionals at Advanced Hearing can help you choose the right hearing aid model and brand by performing a hearing aid comparison. This process allows you to see all the models of hearing aids that might be appropriate for your type of hearing loss and the features of each. Call (757) 554-0661 today to schedule your Free Hearing Evaluation.

What is a BTE?

Behind-the-ear or BTE hearing aids come in many sizes.  Some are very tiny while others are large and high-powered.  Many of these hearing aids offer options not available on in-the-ear models such as multi-directional microphones.  BTE hearing aids can be appropriate for those who need a specific type of assistance in hearing certain sounds.  Advanced Hearing can help you determine if a BTE is right for your type of hearing loss and choose the best and most comfortable model to address your hearing needs.

What Are The Parts of a Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid?

A BTE hearing aid consists of three parts:  the case that sits behind the ear, the earmold that fits in the ear and the connector between the two pieces.  The case that sits behind the ear is the most visible part of the hearing aid and what gives this particular type its name.  Cases range in size from small and almost undetectable to large and bulky.  There are also mini-BTEs that are called “on-the-ear” hearing aids.  They are very small and may have an open fit tube into the ear canal to reduce occlusion and feedback issues.

A BTE works by transmitting sound that is picked up by the case to the earmold.  The earmold is fashioned from a mold of the patient’s inner ear for a comfortable fit.  If there is no earmold, the sound is transmitted into the patient’s ear through the tube as in a mini-BTE.

BTEs are often the choice of hearing specialists for those who need multi-directional sound input.  This is often the case for those who have trouble following speech patterns.  Speech is formed from several different types of sounds, so a BTE may be necessary to enhance all of these sound qualities to make speech understandable.  A good BTE may also be able to filter background noise better than another type of hearing aid, making it easier to understand conversations or specific sound input such as music or the television.

Why Would I Choose A BTE?

Many people’s first question when choosing a hearing aid is whether they are eligible for an invisible or in-the-ear hearing aid model.  Unfortunately, the nature of in-the-ear hearing aids is such that they do not solve some hearing issues.

In order to find out if a BTE is the best solution to your hearing problem, Advanced Hearing first conducts a complete hearing screening.  This allows the professionals at Advanced Hearing to understand why and how your hearing loss has occurred and what must be done to address the issue.

Once the hearing screening has been performed, the professionals at Advanced Hearing are ready to fit you with a customized hearing aid that is especially made to fit the contours of your ear and to give you the best possible service.  If you determine that a BTE will best suit your needs, Advanced Hearing has many models from different manufacturers that can fit your hearing requirements, appearance preferences and budget. Call (757) 554-0661 today to schedule your Free Hearing Evaluation.