How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid

As you being your journey to better hearing health, we understand that you may feel overwhelmed with the number of options out there for hearing aids. Hearing At Home works with you to find the best options to meet your hearing needs. Here we’ve provided you some points to consider as you begin your search for.

Hearing Aid Basics

Hearing aids are sensitive, sophisticated electronic devices that amplify sounds and deliver clear signals to your brain to be processed. Though there are many different models and styles of hearing aids on the market, they do share a number of common features across the board. They also share a singular purpose: to help you hear better.

All hearing aids consist of the following components: microphone, microchip, amplifier, battery, and receiver. Hearing aids mirror the process of your ear as you pick up and process sound. The microphone picks up sound, which is then processed by the microchip into clear signals. Depending on the hearing aid style, the hearing aid will take on different configurations.

Hearing At Home works with you, based on our consultations with you and the results of your hearing examination, to determine the best hearing aid for your specific hearing needs.

Hearing Aid Features

This is a great moment in time for people who are searching for advanced hearing solutions. Most hearing aid manufacturers offer high-powered digital hearing aids with incredibly fast processing systems, wireless connectivity, and discreet, sleek design. Depending on your hearing loss configuration and specific hearing needs, we are positive that we will find the best fit for you.

Most hearing aids are equipped with tiny chips that are programmed to process the sounds of your environment at high speeds. This gives you, the wearer, immediate information from your sonic landscape as well as the power to determine what exactly you’d like to focus on. There are hearing aid models that share audio information between a network of microphones, which allows for better sound quality and speech recognition. These processing platforms also use algorithms to balance sounds in your environment and enhance speech.

In the age of portable electronic devices, most hearing aids are equipped to connect wirelessly to your smartphones and other electronics in your life. Wireless connection comes with a number of benefits. It opens up accessibility to hearing aid wearers by enabling them to stream phone conversations, video chats, music, and other media directly to your ears. This cuts out background noise and provides rich sound quality. Additionally, it allows for discretion as you make adjustments to the volume and features you wish to access. Wireless hearing aids may be controlled through an app on your smartphone.

Gone are the bulky hearing aids of the past. Hearing aids are now incredibly sleek and discreet, and depending on the style that fits you best, they may even be invisible or very difficult to see.

Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing aids come in many different styles. These include:

Completely-in-canal and in-the-canal: Made of a customized mold, these are worn inside your ear canal or partially in the canal. They are very discreet and will not be immediately visible. While they are convenient for people who wear glasses, CIC and ITC hearing aids may be difficult to control if you experience dexterity issues. They treat mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-ear: Worn on the surface of your ear in a full or half shell, ITE hearing aids are one of the more traditional styles and treat hearing loss in mild to severe levels. ITE hearing aids are easier to control and tend to have a long battery life.

Behind-the-ear and receiver-in-canal: These two styles look similar, as they are worn with a component over your ear, and tubing that travels into your ear canal. In the BTE version, the tube connects to an ear mold in your canal while in the RIC version, the receiver sits in the canal of your ear. These two styles are easy to control and treat most