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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Hearing loss is a very common condition, and many people across the world wear hearing aids to help improve their hearing experience. There are many different types and styles of hearing aid available, and it can help to know a little bit about how they work in order to decide which type may be best for you and your lifestyle.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we work with people trying hearing aids for the first time as well as people who have tried a variety of styles already. The hearing aid that suits you best will depend upon your lifestyle and the activities you enjoy, as well as your budget and how comfortable you find each device.
Different Types Of Hearing Aid:
- Custom or standard. Many people have never considered custom hearing aids but they can be an excellent option that offers a perfectly fitted device designed especially for you. However, even with a standard device, you will receive personalized programming and fitting that makes your hearing aid work well for you.
- Invisible-In-The-Canal. IITC hearing aids are designed to sit entirely inside the ear canal, so they are invisible to other people. The placement of this type of device, which sits deep inside the ear canal, offers a superior hearing experience that improves external sound quality as well as the sound of your own voice. These devices may be difficult to handle if you have reduced mobility, and usually require external control systems.
- Completely-In-Canal. CIC hearing aids are larger than IITC devices, but are still designed to fit right inside the ear canal. They are highly efficient and very small, but may require more frequent battery changes than larger hearing aids and may be difficult to handle for people who have reduced mobility.
- In-The Canal. ITC hearing aids sit partially in the ear canal and are less visible than larger devices, but they are a little larger than CIC hearing aids and are partially visible in the ear. Controls are included on the device, but may still be difficult to use if you have reduced mobility.
- In-The Ear. ITE hearing aids can either fill the whole outer ear (full shell) or just the lower half (half shell), and are large enough to include controls on the device. They are easier to manage than smaller styles, so are often recommended for older people, and the larger batteries provide longer battery life.
- Behind-The-Ear. BTE hearing aids are designed to sit behind the outer ear and are connected by a tube to an earpiece within the ear. These devices include controls that are easier to manage if you have reduced mobility, and are a durable, reliable option that is often recommended for children and the elderly.
- Receiver-In-Canal. RIC hearing aids are similar to BTE devices, but the receiver also sits within the ear canal and this is connected to the BTE via a wire. These offer a slightly smaller hearing aid that is comfortable and gives good sound quality, but you should be aware that this type of device is more likely to become clogged by earwax or moisture.
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