Medical-grade hearing aids are the only safe solution for hearing loss. The majority of wearers report an improved overall quality of life with hearing aids. In fact, many of them wish they had started wearing hearing aids sooner. Hearing aids strengthen relationships with family, friends and co-workers because you’re able to understand and fully participate in conversations again. Many studies show that hearing well can reduce stress, increase energy, and boost your mental alertness.
With all the advancements in technology, there’s a wide variety of hearing aid models for different lifestyles and levels of hearing loss. But modern hearing aids have one life-changing thing in common — their unbelievably small size. Both in-the-ear and behind-the-ear devices are often the size of coffee beans. In terms of hearing aid technology, the latest devices are basically mini supercomputers that use advanced algorithms to process sounds and deliver crystal-clear sound. Finding the right hearing aid depends on a number of factors.
Hearing aids are designed to receive sounds from the outside world, just like a healthy ear would do. They include microphones, which take sounds and convert them into vibrations and then into electrical impulses. However, at this stage, these signals are often too weak and need to be amplified before they can be converted into something wearers can actually hear. Amplifiers inside the hearing aid casing do the job, turning even very quiet noises into signals that can be turned into audible noise.
The final part of the hearing aid is the speaker, which takes these amplified signals and produces noise. The precise sound level can almost always be finely calibrated, depending on the environment and the wearer’s degree of hearing loss. Many hearing aids can also be calibrated to amplify high or low-frequency sounds, again, depending on the user’s needs.
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There are several different types of hearing aids available on the market today. Each type has its own unique features and benefits, and the right choice for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.
Sitting directly inside the ear canal, in-the-ear hearing aids (ITE) are virtually invisible. Due to their small size, ITE devices are best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Additionally, whether or not you can use an ITE device depends on the amount of room in your auditory canal. Our local Partner Provider will conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation in order to fit you with the right style of hearing aid.
High-performance and discreet behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE) are equipped with a sound tube with a customized earmold or external receiver that’s placed inside the ear canal. BTEs are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. This type of hearing aid is generally available in various sizes and styles depending on your preferred performance and battery strength.
Hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all. You need to choose devices that meet your needs and fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. For example, a device with basic functions may be suitable for you depending on your daily activities. But if you’re someone who is very active, a premium technology level may provide you with the best listening experience. To help you determine which technology level is right for you, take a look at the chart below.
Hearing aids technology has advanced significantly in recent years, offering a wide range of features and capabilities to help people with hearing loss.
If you’re looking for hearing aids with all the bells and whistles, then look no further than Premium technology. These devices offer more advanced features than Basic and Mid-Range levels, making them the best solution for both active and sedentary lifestyles. Whether you spend your days indoors or outdoors, you’ll experience the most natural sound quality. They deliver HD sound quality, directional microphones, acoustic motion sensors, digital noise/feedback reduction, moisture resistance and much more. Many hearing aids are also rechargeable, so you won’t have to fumble with tiny batteries. Best of all, Premium-level technology often comes equipped with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity for settings control and to wirelessly stream music, phone calls and more directly to your hearing aids.
Hearing aids with advanced technology are great for people who live a more active lifestyle. These devices provide good sound quality, even in complex listening situations. Examples of places where you can benefit from wearing this level include large auditoriums, family get-togethers, sporting events and restaurants. Advanced technology gives you the ability to change listening programs and improve listening comfort in any setting.
In addition, many of the features are automated, which removes the constant need to manually adjust the settings. Some of these features include adaptive directional microphones and automatic noise reduction.
Essential level technology is a good solution for individuals who spend a lot of time at home and enjoy having one-on-one conversations. Devices with this level of technology provide good amplification and feedback cancellation in quiet environments. Their basic features allow you to hear the TV at normal volume and understand your conversation partner clearly in small group settings. We do, however, recommend getting the highest level of technology you can afford, so you can have access to more features for the best hearing experience.
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