Congratulations on your decision to get fitted for hearing aids! It’s a big step towards improving your quality of life and reconnecting with the people and sounds you love.
Gone are the days when hearing aids were bulky and outdated. Today’s hearing aids are sleek, sophisticated, and designed to be almost unnoticeable. They are also much more effective at improving your hearing and can be customized to your specific hearing needs.
Types of hearing aids
Which hearing aid do you have? Here are the most common types out there:
- In-the-ear (ITE): This hearing aid is custom-made to fit inside the outer ear. It is the largest of the in-the-ear styles and offers a wide range of features and customization options.
- In-the-canal (ITC): This hearing aid is also custom-made, but it is smaller and partly fits in the ear canal. It is less visible than the ITE and offers some customization options.
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC): This type of hearing aid is the smallest and is custom-made to fit entirely in the ear canal. It is almost unnoticeable and offers limited customization options.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE): This hearing aid is the most common and consists of a small plastic case that sits behind the ear and is connected to a plastic earmold that fits inside the ear canal. It offers a wide range of features and customization options.
- Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC): This type of hearing aid is similar to the BTE, but the receiver (which amplifies the sound) is located in the ear canal instead of behind the ear. It is less visible than the BTE and offers some customization options.
Digital vs. Analog hearing aids
You’re likely to own a digital hearing aid, which is a step up from the analog hearing aids of old.
Digital hearing aids are the most common type and offer many features and customization options. They use digital technology to process sound and can be adjusted to your specific hearing needs. Analog hearing aids are less common and use analog technology to amplify sound. They are generally less expensive but offer fewer features and customization options.
Common hearing aid features
Common hearing aid features include adjusting the volume, reducing background noise, and fine-tuning the sound to your specific hearing needs. Some hearing aids also come with Bluetooth technology, which allows you to connect to your phone or other devices for hands-free phone calls and streaming audio.
In addition to the hearing aid itself, several accessories can improve your experience and make it easier to use your hearing aid. These include a carrying case to protect your hearing aid when you’re not using it, a dehumidifier to prevent moisture damage, and a cleaning kit to keep your hearing aid clean and functioning correctly.
Tips for getting used to your first hearing aid
When you first get fitted for a hearing aid, it can take some time to get used to it. Here are a few tips to help you adjust:
- Start with short periods: It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed at first, so start wearing your hearing aid for short periods and gradually increase the length of time as you get used to it.
- Practice listening: Pay attention to the sounds around you and try to identify them. This will help you learn how your hearing aid amplifies sound and improve your listening skills.
- Ask for help: If you’re having trouble adjusting to your hearing aid, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Your hearing specialist can advise you and make necessary adjustments to improve your experience.
The benefits of early hearing treatment are numerous. Not only will it improve your hearing, but it will also help you reconnect with your loved ones and enjoy the sounds of daily life. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation with us, we’d love to help you on your journey to better hearing. Contact us today to get started.