A 2022 Hearing Aid Guide for You
Hearing aids are little devices that can be customized for multiple different types of hearing loss. Each device contains at least one microphone to pick up sounds, a computer chip to process sounds, a speaker for sending the signal to your ear, and a battery for power. Other hearing aids that are higher tech provide additional features, such as connecting your device to your smartphone.
Hearing Aid Types and Costs
There are four types of hearing aids and each one has advantages and disadvantages.
1. Invisible hearing aids
Invisible hearing aids sit inside your ear, making it hard for others to notice that it is there. What is incredible is that the advanced technology in this type of hearing aids fits into a fairly small device. This type of hearing aid is customed to fit your ear canal and the plus side is that this device contains no external tubes and wires.
- Small, with a unique style
- It’s less likely to pick up the sound of the wind
- Gain more natural sounds
- Contains no external tubes and wires
- Custom-fitted, making it comfortable for many users
- Contains a shorter battery life
- Controls are harder to acknowledge and feel
- Not suitable for all ear canal shapes
- Difficult to handle for those who have dexterity issues
- No available Bluetooth connection
- Rechargeable batteries are not available
The average price is between $1,000 to $4,000 and it contains great benefits such as improved quality and communication.
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2.Versatile Hearing Aid
Versatile hearing aids are placed behind your ear and these devices contain a design that allows the shape to sit comfortably behind the ear. A clear tube is connected to your ear mold and placed inside of the ear canal. Recently, this type of hearing aids has become smaller, more powerful and adaptable.
Versatile hearing aids are most suitable for those with mild-to-severe hearing loss, and can include a wide range of features. These devices come in various of different styles and colours, so you will be able to choose your favourite colour and style.
- It’s comfortable because these devices do not sit deep inside of your ear canal which users find them more comfortable that way.
- Contains rechargeable batteries that are available with both of the disposable and rechargeable battery options.
- Has Bluetooth connection. Users can connect wirelessly to their smart devices with Bluetooth.
- Very suitable for severe hearing loss.
- Longer battery life. They include larger batteries for a longer battery life.
- Easier to keep clean. Where the mold or dome comes in contact with the ear canal, the device is less vulnerable to moisture and wax build-up.
- Less issues with feedback.
- More open-fitting. The thin tube that is placed to sit in your ear canal provides ample air ventilation.
- It might be more visible. Since these devices are tucked behind the ear, they might be more noticeable than the smaller hearing aids that are placed in the ear.
- More likely to pick up the sound of the wind. Where this device is placed behind your ear, it’s more likely to pick up wind noise. However, recent technology provides solutions to help with this issue.
The average price for a behind the ear hearing aid can be anywhere between $1,000 to $4,000 and includes a wide range of benefits such as free batteries. It’s important to keep in mind that the prices usually include more than just the hearing aid itself.
3. Half/full Shell Hearing Aids
This type of device is slightly larger than an in the ear hearing aid. It includes a longer battery life and it’s suitable more those who have a more progressed hearing loss.
In the ear
- Most suitable for those who have mild to severe hearing loss
- The smallest style is virtually invisible inside of the ear
- The full shell style fits inside of the outer bowl of the ear
- All of the types are custom-made to suit your ear shape, ensuring comfort and sound quality
- Some models offer Bluetooth so that you can stream the sound straight from your smartphone, computer, or TV
In the canal
- Very small device
- Invisible to other people
- Custom made to fit in your ear
- Has the option to manually control the settings in different environments
- Can be attracted to earwax and moisture build up
Behind the ear
- Suited for those with mild to profound hearing loss
- All devices are behind the ear with a clear tube leading to an earpiece that is placed inside your ear
- Modern hearing aids are slimmer than the older versions and are best for people with dexterity or visual impairment
- While this type of device is discreet, they are not as invisible
- Features powerful technology and usually has more feature options
- Suitable for almost all types of hearing loss
- A bit smaller and less noticeable than the behind the ear hearing aids
- Includes available rechargeable battery options
- Availability to connect smart devices through Bluetooth
- Is often connected to a small dome for ventilation
The cost varies between $1,000 to $4,000 depending on the features.
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Evear Hearing Clinic is pleased to offer patients innovative hearing solutions and host some of the best hearing aids supplied within our healthcare system. We firmly believe that better hearing allows you to connect with the world and your friends and family in a meaningful way. This is why we are committed to keeping you connected by providing the best hearing solutions in the industry.
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As our clinic is privately owned, our hearing health care professionals can partner with numerous hearing aid providers and are not limited to one manufacturer to satisfy quotas. This ultimately enables us to ensure your best interests are at the heart of
every decision we help you make regarding your hearing health.
4. Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Bluetooth hearing aids provide a great way to do many activities you enjoy doing by connecting remotely to many devices, turning your hearing aids into a wireless headset.
- You will be able to hear your phone conversations more clearly
- Listen to your favourite movies or TV shows at your own volume setting
- Listen to music. Podcasts, and videos
- Enjoy better sound quality on video chats, TV programs, talking on the phone, etc.
- Have the benefit from the phone apps that are designed for Bluetooth hearing aids
Hearing you phone conversations clearly
When you connect your hearing aids to your smartphone through Bluetooth, the sounds from your phone conversations will go directly through your Bluetooth hearing aids. You won’t have the struggle of understanding what is being said.
Listen to your TV shows at your own volume setting
You can wirelessly connect to the television so you will be able to watch your program at the volume setting you prefer.
Hearing aids with Bluetooth can be used as your own headset
Bluetooth hearing aids can function as high-quality headphones. You connect wireless to your podcast, videos, or music playlist and hear all the words to your favourite songs.
Enjoy better quality in Video chats and watching TV
You can stay in touch with all of your loved ones through video chatting. Bluetooth hearing aids allows you to hear all of the conversations more clearly and you won’t have the struggle of hearing your friends and family communicate.
The phone app that is designed for Bluetooth hearing aids
There are a few options to select from when choosing a smartphone app to allow you to perform hearing aid related task. These tasks include the following:
- Connecting your hearing aids to all of your smart devices in your home.
- Adjusting the volume on your Bluetooth hearing aids to your preferred setting
- Changing the pre-set programs through your hearing aids
- Finding your hearing aids if you lose them by using a hearing aid locater
One example is the remote care app which allows you to have a remote conversation with your hearing care professional to follow-up on appointments or any questions you have.