His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments.
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Here at Hidden Hearing, we work hard to find the best individual solution to hearing loss for every client we see. Digital hearing aids are a very popular option, especially models that are very small and discreet, but there is a wide range to choose from and it can help to know a little more about the different types available to you.
Analogue hearing aids were designed simply to amplify the sounds around the wearer, but digital hearing aids are much more complex. They function to decode and process different sounds, allowing for individual variations and corrective settings for various environments. A good audiologist will discuss the options with you and enable you to try several types of hearing aid in order to find the best style for you and your lifestyle.
Different Types Of Digital Hearing Aids
- Behind-the-ear (BTE). A behind-the-ear hearing aid sits behind the ear and uses an earpiece inside the ear to deliver sounds to the inner ear. The device is contained in a plastic case, which contains the technical workings of the hearing aid and is usually connected to the earpiece in the ear canal via a plastic tube. These hearing aids are easy to clean and the settings are easily adjusted, making them ideal for children, who may need the earpiece replaced as they grow.
- Mini BTE. The smaller and more discreet version of the behind the ear hearing aid is the mini BTE, which is said to be more comfortable, and to reduce problems with feedback.
- Receiver-in-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE). These devices work in a similar way to BTE hearing aids, because they sit behind the ear and interact with a speaker or receiver that fits into the ear canal. The RIC and RITE hearing aids, however, use tiny wires to connect the two parts, rather than plastic tubing.
- In-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC). Some people prefer hearing aids that sit entirely inside the ear canal, and these devices can improve the hearing experience as well as appealing to users who desire an invisible hearing solution.
- In-the-ear (ITE). The ITE device is designed to be simple to use for wearers who find it difficult to use the tiny ITC and CIC designs. This type of hearing aid still sits entirely in the ear, so reduces problems with environmental noise and weather disturbance, but is larger than other versions.
Try A Range Of Hearing Aids at Hidden Hearing
If you are concerned about hearing loss, you can book a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist to find out how your ears are functioning and explore the potential solutions. We provide a range of services, including ear wax removal clinics, and we have a great range of digital hearing aids for you to try.
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