Of the nearly 40 million people in Katy, Texas and throughout the country with hearing loss, 90 percent of them could benefit from the use of a hearing aid. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of individuals actually use a device. Part of the problem is the daunting hearing aid selection process. But no more. Below we will break down the process step by step.
Determine your hearing lifestyle
For most, their hearing lifestyle falls into one of four categories: private, quiet, active or dynamic. By determining which one describes you best, you can figure out what features you need and which level of technology is necessary for your needs.
Decide Upon the Style
There are six different styles of hearing aids. Typically, the smaller and more discrete the hearing aid is, the fewer features are available, and the shorter the battery life. Not every style is appropriate for every configuration of hearing loss. Your Katy audiologist is able to recommend the best styles for your type and degree of hearing loss. The style options are:
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)
- In-the-canal (ITC)
- In-the-ear (ITE)
- Behind-the-ear (BTE)
- Receiver-in-canal (RIC)
- Open fit
Determine necessary features
There is an ever-expanding list of additional features that can be added to a hearing aid. Below are just a few of the available options:
- Directional Microphones
- Remote Control
- Wireless Microphone
- Environmental Noise Control
- Wireless Connectivity
The most important part of choosing a hearing aid is discussing all of your options with your Katy audiologist. They will help you work through what you need in a hearing aid to get the best possible results.