Since hearing aids rely on an intricate array of technological components to operate properly, they are fitted and programmed using a system of evaluating and testing. Choosing a hearing aid requires a combination of technical and comfort characteristics that should be done with the help of a hearing care professional who is well-versed in the various styles and features.
Factors When Fitting Your Hearing Aid
The most important factor is the type and degree of your hearing loss. This is always the starting point for finding the right hearing aid, as all devices vary in the levels of hearing loss they accommodate. As a general rule of thumb, hearing aid styles include:
- In the ear (ITE): Ideal for mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss.
- Behind the ear (BTE): Suitable for mild-to-profound hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC): Suitable for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
There are other canal varieties available, which are also typically recommended for individuals with more mild forms of hearing loss.
First, the physical needs of each person must be taken into account. Can you insert and remove a very small device, or do you need something larger and more manageable? Are you able to easily handle tiny batteries? Do you need features available only in some larger models?
The hearing instrument specialist at Hart Hearing Care Center will utilize the information you provide to recommend the best hearing aid styles and features for your particular needs. This recommendation will take into account your lifestyle, aesthetic and hearing loss needs.
Every hearing aid we offer has a range of features available to suit the needs of every patient. Some devices connect wirelessly to cellphones, televisions or speakers. Others are so small they are worn completely in the ear canal to provide the most natural listening experience. The choice of the right device depends on the features and size you want and need.
The Testing Process
The hearing device chosen for you will be programmed to interpret the sound environment you live in every day. This is very different from simply amplifying every sound at a constant level. If you have two devices, they can be programmed to work together (depending on the style you need) so that the clearest sound can be achieved in even a crowded, loud room.
The hearing instrument specialist will set and test the parameters that make the most sense for you. It is important to know that these can be adjusted and retested many times so that you are satisfied that you have the most accurate sound reproduction possible.