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HEARING AID INFORMATION
Hearing aids range in power and features to fit every lifestyle and budget. There are several different kinds and features available.
Entry level hearing aids may require you to make manual adjustments in certain environments while premium models will automatically detect changes in surroundings and adjust internal programs accordingly. Advanced features available include rechargeable batteries, BlueTooth hearing aids with capabilities allowing you to connect to your phone or an EasyTek Remote Control for easy adjusting at your fingertips.
CONSIDER THESE POINTS WHEN CHOOSING HEARING AIDS
- The degree of your hearing loss and how much power you will require
- Any manual dexterity or visibility disabilities you may have
- The amount you are willing/able to spend
- Skin irritations and sensitivities
- The shape of your ear
- Lifestyle demands (i.e.: Waterproof aids for fisherman, etc.)
STYLES OF HEARING AIDS
Hearing aids come in many different styles, each with their own advantages. You can get hearing aids that are almost completely hidden in the ear canal, or you can get behind-the-ear styles that offer supreme comfort and venting while subtly blending into your hair or skin color. Most modern hearing aids are easily hidden and are not very noticeable so you can improve your hearing without announcing it to the world.
In-the-Ear hearing aids are created by taking a mold of the ear. They can be matched to skin tone to be hardly noticeable in the ear canal. Some are so tiny you can’t see them from the outside anyway. These hearing aids range in size and function, and they are custom made to fit your ear. These may not be the best choice if you have sensitive skin in your ear canal, but for those worried about appearance, you don’t get much more discreet than these.
Receiver-in-Canal styles of hearing aids offer the best of both worlds: power and discretion. Small and comfortable, they are hardly noticeable and are designed to blend in while offering powerful amplification and custom features. These are ideal for a large gamut of hearing losses and can be more comfortable than in the ear models for those with sensitive ears while offer a bit more discretion than powerful Behind-the-Ear models.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that channels sound down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs can blend in with hair or skin colors or you can choose loud colors and patterns if you would like to personalize your hearing aids. These can be more comfortable than In-The-Ear models because the device sits behind the ear instead of inside of it. These are often the only choice for those with severe hearing loss because the general rule of thumb (though it’s not applicable in all cases) is that the larger the hearing instrument, the more power it possesses.