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1) What are the different types of hearing aids?

Body-worn hearing aids - These aids use an external box worn by the user. The user wears an ear piece which is attached to the box by a wire.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing aids– This type of hearing aid sits behind your ear and is connected to an ear mold placed inside your ear via tubing. These devices are easy to use and are fastened to the human ear by the help of a hook and the ear molds are made in accordance to the user's ear.
Receiver in the Canal/Ear (CRT/RIC/RITE) Hearing aids- BTE hearing instruments that place the loudspeaker directly in the ear without a fitted earmold are often referred to as "Receiver in the Canal" instruments. These instruments use soft ear inserts, typically of silicone, to position the loudspeaker in the patient's ear.
Some of the advantages with this approach include improved sound quality, reduced case size, "open-fit" technology, and immediate patient fitting. In the Ear (ITE) - These are placed in the ear of the wearer.
In the Canal (ITC) and completely in the Canal (CIC) Hearing aids- With ITCs and CICs, the whole hearing aid is placed inside the canal. ITCs are often larger than CIC devices. CICs are extremely tiny in size and are almost invisible. This ads to the image benefits of these devices as the user no longer has to hide the device.
Invisible in canal hearing aids (IIC): This type of hearing aid fitting is not visible when worn. This is because it fits deeper in the canal than other types. Invisible hearing aid gives a more natural experience of hearing. Unlike other hearing aid types, with the IIC aid the majority of the ear is not blocked (occluded) by a large plastic shell. This means that sound can be collected more naturally by the shape of the ear, and can travel down into the ear canal as it would with unassisted hearing.

2) How can hearing aids enhance my quality of life?

Hearing aids can improve your quality of life by decreasing the stress levels and improving self-confidence. It's is a very tough task to be confident and agile when you are not sure about what you are hearing.
Hearing aids also help improve:

  • Personal relationships: Good communication is an essential ingredient of a good personal relationship. Hearing aids help you to communicate better and therefore enhance your relationship with people.
  • Job performance. Hearing aids eliminate the need to constantly ask "What?" or "Can you repeat that?" and keep you on top of your game. You no longer have to be frustrated about the fact that people around you find you deaf and find it difficult to communicate effectively with you.
  • Safety. You don't want to miss hearing a smoke alarm, the house being broke into, a dog barking at a stranger, an oncoming car when you're walking or an ambulance when you're driving. A hearing aid will help you hear these sounds clearly so that you don't miss any important event or emergency and repent later.

3) Will I be wearing one or two hearing aids?

Most people that have hearing loss due to damage of the inner ear will have about the same degree of loss in both ears and will need to wear two hearing aids. If a person has hearing loss in only one ear, then he might only need to wear the hearing aid in the ear that has been damaged. Wearing two hearing aids has been proven to improve speech understanding in noise, localization (finding the source of sounds), and overall sound quality when compared to wearing only one aid. Today, over 80% of all hearing aid fittings are binaural, or involve both ears. It is therefore recommended by audiologists and ENT specialists world over to make the effective use of two hearing aids.

4) Will my hearing aid amplify loud sounds and damage my hearing further?

A hearing aid will be preset to a safe level of maximum amplification. A person might have to accustom himself/herself to loud sounds. All sounds are amplified by the use of a hearing aid, although loud sounds are amplified to a lesser degree than softer sounds. This does not damage your ear further and improves the hearing and understanding of the environment.

5) What is the average life of a device?

An average hearing aid should last for around 3-5 years depending on the usage and the quality.

6) What if I set off my decision of buying a hearing aid now?

While your hearing loss may seem insignificant now — something you can deal with by simply turning the TV louder or asking friends to repeat themselves — it impacts more than you think.
Hearing loss can have a negative impact on your ability to learn, socialize and enjoy life.

  • Untreated patients are more likely to miss important information in meetings and phone calls, and make mistakes at work.
  • Hearing problems can lead to avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, social rejection and loneliness.
  • Friends often avoid talking to people with hearing loss because of the difficulty communicating.
  • People with uncorrected hearing impairment earn less than people who hear normally.1
  • To make matters worse, studies have shown that the effects of hearing loss are cumulative. Just as muscles grow weak from lack of use, the brain loses its ability to process sounds and recognize speech without regular auditory stimulation. By the time you finally acknowledge your hearing loss is real, you may have already lost the full appreciation of sounds and music you once enjoyed.

7) Which hearing aid do I choose?

We know it can be very confusing when it comes time to decide which hearing aid to purchase. Perhaps you've seen advertising for one type; your best friend swears by the kind he has; you've always wanted to try yet another style; then you went and had your hearing tested and the person tried to sell you something that cost two or three times the price of your first new car....on top of that, there's all this new technology...
You want the best help possible for your hearing problems within a budget you can afford. Help for your hearing loss needs to be your first concern.....visibility and cosmetics second. We provide hearing aids for virtually all degrees and types of hearing loss.

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