Hearing aids come in various shapes and sizes and have distinct purposes. The overall use of hearing aids is to help those with hearing loss hear more clearly, loudly and allow them to be able to communicate, listen and better participate in their daily activities.
All hearing aids have three main parts: microphone, speaker, and an amplifier. The microphone collects the sounds and sends them as electric signals to the amplifier which increases sound level and clarity and the speaker delivers the sounds to the ear canal.
Did you know that only one in five people who need them actually get hearing aids? You should not be one of those who is left out of conversations or the ability to fully enjoy your surroundings because of hearing loss.
The physicians at South Valley Ear Nose & Throat can talk with you and properly diagnose the cause of your hearing issues. They will perform a hearing test which allows them to asses the type of hearing loss you may be experiencing. It is painless and easy to schedule.
If hearing aids are recommended, you will have the ability to choose from different models depending upon personal preference and insurance options. The main types of hearing aids include:
Behind-the-ear: The electronic components are contained in a small plastic case worn behind the ear with a speaker inserted into the ear. This type is used for mild to profound hearing loss.
In-the-ear: The electronic components are held in a hard plastic case that fits completely inside the outer ear area, not behind the ear, with the speaker directed to the ear canal. These devices are used for patients who have mild to severe hearing loss.
Canal: These devices are designed and molded to sit inside the patient’s ear canal. Depending of the style, they can be somewhat visible to nearly undetectable in the ear. This type of hearing aid is more difficult to access due to their small size and position in the ear.
Your South Valley Ear Nose & Throat audiologist will help you choose the most appropriate hearing aid for you depending on the type of hearing loss you have and pricing considerations.