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5 Tips On How To Choose Digital Hearing Aids

Jan 17, 2008
If you are having a hard time hearing properly, you'd probably need to wear a hearing aid. Hearing aids are now more technologically advanced than they have ever been. This can make the choosing the right hearing aid more complicated.

Here are 5 tips on choosing digital hearing aids.

1. Style

There are many different styles of digital hearing aids. The style of hearing aid which is suitable for you will depend on the type and degree of hearing loss. It's important that you see an audiologist who can advise you on the right digital hearing aid for your needs.

The five styles of hearing aids include:

CIC - This stands for "Completely in the Ear Canal". This hearing aid style fits deep into the ear canal and is invisible. It is very small and advanced. However the small size does limit the amount of advanced features. ITC - This stands for "In the Ear Canal". It fits partly into the ear canal, but not right inside as with CIC hearing aid. ITE - The "In the Ear" hearing aid is fitted on the the outer edge of the ear. Although more noticeable, it is much easier to put on. BTE - Also known as "Behind the Ear" hearing aid. This is the most traditional and noticeable hearing aid as it is fitted outside the ear. Nevertheless, it is making comeback as it looks similar to Bluetooth headsets.

2. Basic Features

All hearing aids do the same basic job, and so they have similar basic components. A microphone is used to capture the sound which is then amplified using the amplifier. A speaker then plays back these sounds in the ear canal so that they can be heard. All hearing aids run on batteries, depending on the model you choose you may have to change batteries on a regular basis.

3. Digital or analog

Analog was the first available version of hearing aid. Digital hearing aids were invented following technology advancement. Digital hearing aids were once fairly expensive but now their prices have fallen. Analog hearing aids are becoming obsolete due to the superior sound quality being offered by digital models.

4. Accessories

A remote control is handy to easily control volume and make other adjustments. Directional microphones help to pick up sounds that come from various directions. Adapters enable your digital hearing aid to be used with your telephone and cell phone.

5. Digital Hearing Aid Brands

When choosing a digital hearing aid, always purchase a reputable brand. Consider how long the hearing aid manufacturer has been in business as well as their guarantee and warranties. Siemens, Phonak, Starkey, Widex and Rexton offer some of the highest quality hearing aids in the market. Shop around, compare various brands and prices to find a digital hearing aid that fits your lifestyle and budget.
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Looking to buy digital hearing aids? Make sure you check out our reviews of digital hearing aids to help you decide on a suitable digital hearing aid for your hearing loss.
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