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What is Best Hearing Aid for Me?

What is best hearing aid for me (How to select best Hearing aid?)

  • How Hearing aid is chosen?

  • Types /Style of hearing aid:

  • Features of modern digital hearing aids:

  • Technology level of hearing aids as per life style requirement

  •  Why fitting in both ears (binaural fitting) is important?

How Hearing Aid is chosen?

The patient should get his ears examined by ear specialist and an audiogram (Hearing test) should be obtained by audiologist to know the degree and type of hearing loss.

If hearing loss is not treatable by medicine/surgery then a hearing aid is prescribed.
If you are working, you are in highly variable listening environments or your profession demands accuracy, you have very active lifestyles may need to consider today’s high end technology hearing aids with higher price.

On the other hand, if you’re retired, living alone, and seldom go to restaurants or parties, simpler, more basic noise reduction features may suffice.
Cost of Hearing aid is a factor to consider but price alone is not the factor to determine the best hearing aid for you. More expensive hearing aid does not necessarily mean that it will better suit you.

Hearing aid should be easy and convenient for you to use.

Work with your hearing care professional until you are comfortable and satisfied.

Why Fitting in both ears (Binaural Fitting) is important ?

  • Natural hearing with both ears

  • Better sound quality

  • Better sound of music

  • Better speech understanding from distance and in noisy surrounding

  • Better directional sense of sound (sound source localization)

  • Less listening effort and more hearing comfort

  • The ability to hear speech sounds such as /s/, /t/, /f/, and /sh/ regardless of speaker’s position in the room

Behind-the-ear (BTE) Aids
  • Sits behind the ear and connects via a plastic tube to ear-mould.

  • Easy to use because of larger controls/ switches.

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  • Fits all degrees of hearing losses.

  • The Battery life averages 14 days.

  • Price ranges from INR 10,000 to 2.5 lacs approx.

Receiver in the Canal (RIC) Aids
In-the-canal (ITC) Aids
Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) Aids
Over-The-Ear (OTE) or Open Fit BTE
Micro CIC or Invisible Hearing Aid (IIC)
Features of Modern Digital Hearing Aids
Technology Level of Hearing Aids as per Life Style Requirement