All you need to know about Hearing Aids
What are hearing aids?
Hearing aids are the electronic devices designed to improve the hearing of a person with hearing loss by amplifying the environmental sounds.
Hearing Aid Uses?
Hearing aids are recommended for patients who develop deafness due to various causes, commonest of them are age related senile deafness (presbycusis). Hearing aids also benefit patients who have developed hearing impairment due to ear infections, trauma, tumours etc.
Types of Hearing Aids?
There are different brands and models of Digital hearing aids that are available in the various sizes ranging from Bluetooth device size to that of a thumbnail. Selection of a particular model of hearing aid will be based on the degree of the hearing loss. Like spectacles, hearing aids are also tailor made to suit one’s lifestyle, personality and financial capability.
The different types of hearing aids in the descending order of their sizes are:
1. Behind the ear (BTE) – about the size of a Bluetooth device
2. Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
3. In the ear (ITE)
4. In the Canal (ITC)
5. Completely in the Canal (CIC)
6. Invisible in the Canal (IIC)
To enjoy a near natural hearing and help you to overcome the hearing handicap, newer digital hearing aids are provided with more features and functions akin to any other electronic gadget.