Types of Hearing Aids in Tarzana

Types of Hearing Aids in Tarzana

We’ve all heard the phrase good things come in small packages, and today’s hearing aids are no exception. Twenty-first century hearing aids are so small, they’re virtually undetectable when worn. The delicate inner workings of custom hearing aids are contained in coverings known as shells. Shells come in a variety of shapes, styles and colors to better fit the user’s hearing loss, daily routine and cosmetic needs.

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The tiny size of modern hearing instruments is deceiving—their ability to simulate natural hearing in numerous environments makes them true technological giants.

As with many electronic devices on the market today, from smart phones to laptop computers, hearing aids utilize sophisticated microprocessor technology. Miniature computer chips use advanced algorithms to automatically adjust sound as wearers move through the day. By acting more like human ears, hearing aids allow people to enjoy a comfortable listening experience wherever they go.

In fact, progress has been so impressive in recent years, first-time hearing aid wearers report a satisfaction rating exceeding 90%. That’s significant because in the vast majority of hearing loss cases, hearing aids are the only available remedy.

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All hearing aids share the basic electronic components: a microphone, an amplifier and a speaker, but differ in quite a number of secondary aspects such as the technology used in amplification and design.

What your hearing professional recommends for you depends on such factors as the severity of your hearing loss, your aesthetic preference and your listening needs.

Below are the basic types of hearing aids.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Aids

These make for the most common type of hearing aids. Most of their components including the microphone and the amplification system are contained in a case that rests at the back of the ear with a tiny tube connecting it to an earpiece or earmold in the canal. Different shapes and sizes of earmolds can be fitted onto these aids, and are thus recommended for children, who will outgrow earmolds over time.

On-The-Ear or Mini BTE Aids

These are similar to the BTEs but are smaller and have their exterior parts sit on the helix rather than at the back of the ear. Mini BTEs are arguably more desirable than the BTEs not only because of their minute nature, which is perfect for cosmetic purposes, but also due to the reduced occlusion they cause in the ear canal.

In-The-Ear (ITE) Aids

Unlike BTEs which are composed of two parts connected to each other by a piece of tubing, ITEs come in a single shell that covers the concha almost entirely. The hearing aids are thus pretty noticeable from the sides compared to the in-the- canal and the completely-in- the-canal but still a lot discreet than the BTEs and mini BTEs.

In-The-Canal (ITC) Aids

Tinier than the ITEs, in-the-canal aids are worn further deep in the ear canal and are almost completely invisible when worn. They are designed for people with mild to moderate hearing loss and can be removed and inserted back as frequently as daily.

Completely-In- The-Canal (CIC) Aids

These aids are designed to fit completely inside the ear and are almost completely invisible save for the slightly detectable tip of the handle close to the canal opening.

These aids are custom-made to fit your exact canal size and shape, and can only be used by people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Analog and Digital Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be classified on basis of the technology used to achieve amplification.

Analog Hearing Aids

Analog hearing aids cannot differentiate between speech and noise hence amplify both equally. They can be quite unworkable in noisy environments such as crowded halls and stadiums but quite effective in quiet places such as at a library or lecture room.

Digital hearing aids

Digital hearing aids work quite differently from analog aids. They process the sound waves a digital signal before reproducing them amplified and sieved of noises. Digital hearing aids have the ability to tell apart noises and speech, making them more useful than analog aids in noisy environments.

There are hearing aids out there perfect for your case of hearing loss. Just make sure you see a hearing professional first. Call 818-578-5093 now to request for an appointment to have your ears checked.