Are you one of the 31 million Americans who suffers from hearing loss? If so, there’s good news – the digital revolution has added a lot of options for individuals seeking hearing aids. Advances in technology have made digital hearing aids more effective, more comfortable and less conspicuous, making it easy for you to overcome the challenges presented by your hearing loss and get back to enjoying your life.
Which of these digital hearing aids is right for you?
BTE: Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are the traditional style that many people think of when they consider hearing aids. BTE hearing aids are curved to fit snugly behind the ear, with a component that loops over the top of the ear and rests in the ear canal. This type of hearing aid is:
- Easy to adjust;
- Some models are programmable;
- They furnish a range of amplification from mild to powerful.
BTE hearing aids come in a range of styles, so you can find one that meets your needs and budget.
CIC: Completely-in-Canal Hearing Aids
A growing category of hearing aids, the completely-in-canal hearing aid is a small hearing aid that fits entirely within your ear canal. These digital hearing aids are popular because they are:
- Practically invisible;
- Good for mild to moderate hearing loss;
- Easy to use for telephone conversations.
CIC hearing aids do require regular cleaning due to the possibility of wax buildup, and require more dexterity to insert than the BTE hearing aids.
ITE: In-the-Ear Hearing Aids
In-the-ear hearing aids, also called full shell hearing aids, are devices that partially-to-fully fill the outer ear. Because they fill the ear, they’re typically custom-molded, and you can select the features that are important to you. ITE hearing aids are:
- Good for more serious hearing loss;
- Easy to handle and insert;
- Powered by larger batteries that last longer;
- Able to accommodate accessories and special programming.
This style is visible in the ear, but is unobtrusive, and represents a good compromise for more serious hearing loss or added features.
You can also select other digital hearing aid styles that are similar to these options, or resemble a hybrid of options, to meet your individual needs and circumstances.
Benefits of Digital Hearing Aids
Today’s digital hearing aids offer a lot of benefits that weren’t available in hearing aids 20 years ago, or in their analog counterparts. Some of the digital hearing aid benefits include:
- Digital Feedback Reduction (DFR)
- Digital Noise Reduction (DNR)
- Digital Speech Enhancement (DSE)
- Gain Processing
- Directional Microphones and DSP
These advances in technology all make it easier for you to hear better, by enabling you to more easily separate conversation from background noise and ambient noise, by helping to reduce feedback, and by reducing low-level environmental noise. You’ll enjoy more satisfaction with a digital hearing aid, and you’ll be able to more easily participate in conversations, enjoy lectures and speeches, watch TV or talk on the phone.
Don’t let hearing loss stop you from enjoying your life. Select a digital hearing aid that’s right for you and your lifestyle, and get back to what’s important in your life.