How to Choose the Best Hearing Aids for You
It may seem daunting when you begin researching all the types of hearing aids available to you, but finding top-quality hearing aids with advanced technology to meet your needs is easy with the help of our Midland, Texas, hearing aid specialists.
Our team is eager to help guide you through the process of selecting your new hearing aid technology. We will take into consideration various needs and preferences you may have, such as:
- The exact requirements of your hearing loss, using a comprehensive hearing evaluation
- Vision and manual dexterity
- Wearing discretion
- Skin sensitivities
- Any other medical considerations
It is important to visit a hearing aid doctor near you for a professional hearing evaluation and to enhance your hearing with professional help selecting the type of prescription hearing aids that fit all your preferences.
Busting Hearing Aid Misconceptions
Misconception 1: Hearing aids will make everything too loud.
Misconception 2: Buying hearing aids online will save you money.
You and your hearing loss are completely unique. The only way to diagnose your specific hearing loss is through a hearing assessment; then, with the help of hearing aid specialists, we are able to create a custom device as unique as you are.
By purchasing over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, you are likely to incur further hearing damage because the device is not customized for you. The best hearing aid solutions in Midland, TX, come from personalized hearing aid fittings for comfort, programming quality, and ongoing professional hearing care.
Misconception 3: Hearing aids are bulky, and everyone will be able to see them.
Misconception 4: I can’t afford hearing aids.
When you balance things out, the cost of a prolonged, untreated hearing loss is far more expensive in the long run than paying for prescription hearing aids. Hearing aids are pricey because of the amount of time spent by manufacturers on research and development, and the incredible industry-standard warranty for replacement and repairs is reflected in the price.
There are options, and your hearing aid specialists in Big Spring and Midland will gladly walk you through all available devices and prices to find one that meets your budget.
Misconception 5: I don’t need hearing aids because I don’t struggle with hearing everything, only a few sounds.
The loss of some sounds, even if it is not all sounds, is still hearing loss because it affects your ability to communicate and live a fully independent lifestyle. Your hearing aids will be programmed to specifically target and amplify the sounds that you are not hearing.
Misconception 6: Hearing aids won’t help with my tinnitus.
Prescription Hearing Aid Styles
BTE hearing aids look more like the hearing aids we are used to seeing, but they are not technologically behind the times. They are lighter, more streamlined, and have impressive digital processing capabilities.
They feature custom-formed earmolds that give the wearer a comfortable fit and open-canal earpieces that won’t leave you feeling “plugged up”. These are the most flexible and powerful hearing aids available to people with any level of hearing loss.
Like the traditional BTE devices, mini BTEs are smaller and use an ultra-thin tubing to route sound into the ear. This makes the device even more discreet.
Sound is more natural thanks to the soft tip at the end of the tubing that sits in the ear canal without occluding it. This type of device works best for those who suffer from mild to moderate high-frequency losses.
Receiver-in-the Ear (RITE)
RITE hearing aids feature a comfortable, open-fit design that fits almost all types of hearing loss. The main difference between RITE and BTE devices is that the speaker of the instrument is in the ear tip on RITE devices. In BTE devices the speaker is in the body of the instrument. These devices are small and lightweight and serve those with mild to severe hearing loss.
In-The Ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids combine the technology and speaker inside a molded plastic shell that perfectly fits your outer ear canal. This full-shell in-the-ear technology is suitable for treating hearing loss of any degree and allows for the user to comfortably wear glasses or use an oxygen cannula. These are easily adjusted, have long lasting, rechargeable batteries, and device connectivity.
An even smaller version of ITE hearing aids, ITC devices are custom-molded and fit further in the ear canal instead of the outer ear canal. They also allow the user to wear glasses, hats, or an oxygen cannula, but, unlike ITE devices, they allow you to be more active and have your hearing aid barely seen. Anyone with mild to moderate hearing loss can enjoy this style.
CIC devices fit even deeper into the ear canal than ITC devices and are inserted and removed by a tiny plastic post. This means that fine dexterity is necessary for CIC device users. These are both comfortable and discreet, and are great for active days, reduction of wind interference creating more natural hearing, and excellent clarity of sound without sacrificing processing power.
IIC devices are again custom molded to fit snugly in your ear, but they are placed near the second bend of the ear canal. This means they are nearly 100% invisible, while also being digital and fully programmable. These are great for anyone with a very active lifestyle and can be used by individuals with all but the most severe degree of hearing loss.
These sophisticated electronic devices are inserted deep inside the ear through a surgical procedure. These are prescribed to those with extensive damage to their cochlear which is responsible for transmitting sound signals to the brain. These can be used alongside hearing aids, if necessary, and are recommended for those with severe to profound hearing loss.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) Implants
Instead of responding to noises in the air, BAHA implants transmit sound information to the brain via bone structure. These are not placed inside the ear but instead sit on the side of the head where they stimulate auditory nerves. BAHA devices are recommended for patients who have severe to profound hearing loss.
Schedule a Hearing Assessment
From what you enjoy doing to your preferred style of hearing aid to your budget, our expert audiologists in Midland and Big Spring, Texas, can use their vast experience to help you select the customized hearing aid solutions to meet your needs.
At All About Hearing we want you to be able to enjoy your life to the fullest. By visiting one of our locations, you can enhance your hearing with professional help from licensed hearing care professionals.
To schedule an appointment with one of our hearing aid specialists, or to find prescription hearing aids near you, complete the form on this page or call (432) 688-2220.