Do I Need a Hearing Device?
Hearing aids today are smaller, more discrete, and more effective than ever before. If you think you might have hearing loss, there’s no reason to put off getting a hearing test. Some signs which may indicate that it’s time to see a Vancouver audiologist include trouble hearing the TV, trouble hearing over the phone, trouble following a conversation when background noise is present, and frequently having to ask others to repeat themselves.
Before visiting a hearing clinic it may be helpful to learn about the types of hearing devices which are available and for who they are best suited. Knowing what to expect can take a lot of the apprehension out of getting your hearing tested.
Types of Hearing Aids Available
Invisible in-the-canal – Hearing devices come in a variety of styles and sizes. The smallest and most discrete type of hearing aid is known as an invisible in-the-canal hearing aid. This type of hearing device sits behind the ear canal’s second bend, making it completely invisible when in use. Invisible in-the-canal hearing aids can be used for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Completely in-the-canal – Thought not completely invisible, a completely in-the-canal hearing aid is still very discrete, as it is molded to fit inside of the wearer’s ear canal. Also best used for mild to moderate hearing loss, a completely-in-the-canal hearing aid is often chosen for its cosmetic appeal.
In-the-canal – these models of hearing aids are slightly larger and more noticeable than invisible and completely in-the-canal hearing aids, but the trade-off is a longer battery life and additional features which don’t fit on smaller models. In-the-canal hearing aids sit just in the outer ear-bowl and are very comfortable to wear. They provide a solid option for mild to moderate hearing loss.
In-the-ear – For people with more severe hearing loss, an in-the-ear hearing aid may be recommended. In-the-ear hearing aids fill most of the outer ear bowl. Because of their size, in-the-ear hearing aids can host a larger battery, a larger receiver, and a number of helpful features such as directional microphones.
Behind-the-ear – Lastly, a behind-the-ear hearing aid is one which rests behind the ear and stays in place by hooking over the top of the ear. Behind-the-ear hearing aids can be used to treat any severity of hearing loss, as they are capable of stronger amplification than the other styles. Though noticeable, behind-the-ear hearing aids can blend with your skin tone and are becoming ever more streamlined in design.
If it sounds like hearing aids may help improve your quality of life, then Expert Hearing Solutions is here to help. We can provide you with a comprehensive hearing test in, hearing aid fitting, as well as a large selection of hearing aids from which you can choose the perfect device for your needs and lifestyle.
To schedule a hearing test with a professional audiologist, contact Expert Hearing Solutions today.