There was a time when the only option to help a person hear was a clunky hearing aid that stuck out behind the ear, was uncomfortable, and was tremendously noticeable. However, those days have come and gone. Hearing aids are no longer uncomfortable and bulky, even those that are designed to fit behind your ear. They can be customized to fit your ear properly and provide comfort as well as help you hear everything you need to hear around you. However, depending on the severity of your hearing loss and your personal comfort level, you have several choices that all give you a better quality of hearing.
Level of Help
Each type of hearing aid offers a different degree of help regarding your ability to hear. Even the smallest, most discreet hearing aids can provide help to those with mildly severe issues relating to hearing. Even if you have severe hearing loss, you may still be able to have an aid that is very discrete, and if you have profound hearing loss, you may require an aid that provides more power and is a bit more noticeable. It is important to consult with your hearing specialist to determine the level of help you require. Purchasing a hearing aid is similar to purchasing a pair of prescription eyeglasses. Your doctor will know what works best for you and then present you with options.
Once you and your doctor have discussed the level of help you require, you can begin choosing a style that works best for you. As with eyeglasses, hearing aids need to be customized to fit your body. Your ear has a unique shape, and therefore a hearing aid cannot be purchased off the shelf. Each piece of hardware is fitted for you personally in order to provide maximum comfort.
The first thing to remember is that none of the devices are as bulky as they once were, nor are they as unsightly. These devices have come a long way in being comfortable, easy to use, and inconspicuous. Even the behind-the-ear device is much smaller and much more comfortable than one would expect. Once you have removed the stigma associated with the old styles, you need to take a look at what you are most comfortable wearing. Like contacts for the eyes, inner ear aids are not for everyone. If someone has a problem with the thought of feeling an aid constantly in his or her ear, an over-the-ear product may be more suitable. However, people who prefer to have an aid that is not visible to the average person would prefer an aid that fits snugly in place. At this point, it is a matter of preference and should be treated as such. Since you will be benefiting from wearing your new hearing aid, it is important that you are comfortable all around.
To learn more about your options to improve your hearing, contact the specialists at Hearing of America at (651) 528-7868. Our specialists will be happy to answer your questions. We would love to help you by giving you a complete hearing evaluation and determining your needs. Then we can even fit you with the best hearing aid solution for you.