Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aid responds automatically to changes in the listener's environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of the technology increases in hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.
Styles of Hearing Aids
The design of hearing aids is important to patients relates to size, color and shape. Hearing loss severity will play a key role in determining which styles are available for prescription. There are six main styles, each with their own subcategories.
- Behind the ear (BTE)
- In the canal (ITC)
- Completely in canal (CIC)
- Open ear
- In the ear (ITE)
Without proper hearing protecting, substantial hearing loss is inevitable. Small and replaceable devices are available to suppress noise that is considered harmful to the ears. Depending on the type of device chosen, it can filter out sound without hindering environmental awareness. Custom earplugs and earmolds are available for the following lifestyles.
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids come packed with wireless connectivity by default. This optional technology syncs up sound with compatible devices like phones, televisions, radios, computers and more. Bluetooth technology is backward compatible and has a high success rate across multiple devices.
Cell phone accessories
Hearing aid users can extend the functionality of their device by purchasing cell phone accessories. Some of the choices use built-in software from the phone to enhance sound or hearing settings. Others are the well-known neckloop that use a magnetic signal to pass sound to the hearing aid, completely eliminating the use for wires to amplify sound.
Hearing Aid Batteries
At Affordable Hearing, our hearing instrument specialists will help you understand how to properly power your device and your options when purchasing hearing aid batteries.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Running out of power in the middle of the day can be devastating to users that depend on hearing aids. Changing the battery isn’t always easy that is why rechargeable hearing aids are popular. Instead of worrying about when the batteries will die, users can depend on a rechargeable hearing aid station to keep their devices topped off.
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