Hearing devices are comfortable because they keep the ear canal open to reduce any plugged-up sensation. The appropriateness of these hearing devices depends on the patient’s degree of hearing loss. Advanced features may include Bluetooth® compatibility.
Hearing instruments are very discreet. If cosmetic appeal is important, many have found this to be the best device for them. The appropriateness of this style depends on the patient’s degree of hearing loss and level of manual dexterity. Features are limited due to small size.
In-The-Canal (ITC) Hearing Aid
A style hearing instrument is a smaller model than the full-shell ITE and is appropriate for hearing losses from mild to moderately severe. Features may be somewhat limited due to size. Good manual dexterity is important for this style.
In the Ear hearing instruments fill the outer portion of the ear. This style is appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses and may include features such as directional microphones, multiple listening programs, a telecoil or Bluetooth® compatibility.
The best hearing aid for you depends upon your particular hearing loss and listening needs, the size and shape of your ear and ear canal, and the dexterity of your hands. Many hearing aids have telecoil "T" switches for telephone use and public sound systems. Other options, such as FM systems and Bluetooth devices in conjunction with hearing aids, may provide the best benefit for some patients.
The expert audiologists at Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania can help you select the best hearing aid for you. Call our Camp Hill or Hershey, PA offices to schedule an appointment today!