In The Canal Hearing Aid Device
Most people want a hearing aid that is concealed inside the ear for cosmetic purposes. While this is not possible for every hearing issue, in-the-ear hearing aids can often address common hearing problems and provide an attractive appearance. Best of all, in-the-ear hearing aid models interfere far less than behind-the-ear models with hairstyles and lifestyles.
What Are The Types of In-the-Ear Hearing Aids?
In-the-ear hearing aids are basically one of two types: ITEs or IICs. ITEs, or in-the-ear hearing aids, fit into the outer bowl of the ear. They are used for mild to severe hearing loss. IICs or invisible-in-canal hearing aids, fit all the way into the ear canal and are invisible from the outside. Depending on how large an ITE is, it may be visible in the ear canal, visible outside the ear canal, or even visible when looking at a person head-on. However, as technology advances, ITEs are becoming smaller and less noticeable, so many current models are virtually undetectable.
In-the-ear hearing aids come in different sizes and shapes, but most consist of some type of device including an earmold that fits inside the ear canal. In-the-ear hearing aids and IICs are typically more expensive than BTE hearing aids. This is because they are usually smaller and require a greater degree of technology than their larger counterparts. Furthermore, BTEs are easier to fit and customize to individual patients than IICs or ITEs.
In-the-ear hearing aids may be subject to a few problems that rarely develop with other models. One of these is occlusion, which is the echo or noise that develops when the ear is plugged. Anyone can experience occlusion by placing his or her fingers in the ears and chewing, talking or coughing. Another common problem with ITEs is feedback. ITE hearing aids must be adjusted carefully in order to ensure that they are properly calibrated. This may take several visits to a hearing aid specialist to get the sound just right.
How Can I Choose The Right In-the-Ear Hearing Aid for My Needs?
When you visit the professionals at Advanced Hearing, the first thing we do is test your hearing and determine exactly what type of hearing loss you are experiencing. Hearing loss is often a very complicated issue, so it is important to have accurate test results before choosing a hearing aid. With the right diagnosis and the right hearing aid, most hearing problems can be solved or at least significantly reduced.
Once the professionals at Advanced Hearing have determined the best type of hearing aid for your particular hearing loss, they will conduct a thorough hearing aid comparison so that you can choose the right model for yourself. If you prefer and are a candidate for an in-the-ear hearing aid, Advanced Hearing has several models from which you may choose. With the help of the friendly, knowledgeable Advanced Hearing staff, you can find the perfect hearing aid to fit your needs and to give you more enjoyment from life with better hearing.