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When it comes to choosing the ideal hearing aid, you certainly have options to consider.
Thanks to all the amazing advancements in hearing technology, there are even more hearing aid options now from which to choose. Of course, if this is your first time getting a hearing aid then the choices may seem daunting. This is where our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT and audiology team can step in and help you make the best decision for how to treat your hearing loss.
Here are some of the most commonly used and most popular hearing aid styles:
Completely in the canal (CIC): As the name suggests, this small hearing aid is placed within the ear canal, which makes them hidden and discreet. For many of our patients, having a hearing aid that others won’t notice is key. Of course, since the device is small, those with dexterity issues may have trouble changing the batteries. This hearing aid style can be used in those with minor to moderate hearing loss.
In the Ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are custom-fitted to sit inside the ear, so they are also less visible. This type of hearing aid may offer more features such as volume control than smaller hearing aid styles, which also makes them easier to handle and maintain (this is particularly important for patients dealing with arthritis and other dexterity issues). ITE hearing aids are also suitable for people dealing with mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind the Ear (BTE): Again, the name alone tells you that part of your hearing aid will rest behind the ear. In order to hear, a clear thin tube is attached to the device and inserted into the ear. Since the device is larger than the styles above, it can be easier to handle and clean. Also, BTE hearing aids aren’t custom-fitted so you can wear your hearing aid home in the very same day as your fitting with our Fredericksburg, VA, audiologist. BTE hearing aids are a great option for patients of all ages dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has two offices in Fredericksburg, VA, and an office in Stafford, VA. If you are interested in getting a hearing aid, or if you are having trouble hearing those around you and you want to undergo a hearing evaluation, call our office today to make an appointment.
The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that about 20% of adults suffer from some degree of hearing loss. By the time they are 65, about one-third of people suffer from hearing loss. Since the condition usually worsens gradually over time, you may not recognize the signs of hearing loss as they occur. However, you can determine if you are in need of a hearing aid with Ear, Nose and Throat Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA.
Do I need a hearing aid?
While many people do not realize their hearing loss at first, there are some warning signs which are characteristic of hearing loss. Some of the early symptoms may include:
- feeling as though others are mumbling more often than not
- difficulty hearing the other person during phone calls
- difficulty having a conversation in crowded places, like events or restaurants
- others tell you that the TV or radio is very loud when you feel as though it is at a normal volume
- you often find yourself asking others to repeat things during conversations whether in-person or over the phone
If you find one or more of these symptoms to be true, you may benefit from a hearing aid.
How can a hearing aid benefit me?
Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. The basic function of a hearing aid is to take in outside sounds through a microphone then amplify them into the ear. While most aids function the same way, they come in a variety of styles. You can choose a more affordable hearing aid which may fit over and around the back of your ear or an aid which is completely invisible and lies within your ear canal. Your doctor can help you determine which style of hearing aid is best for you and your condition.
Hearing Tests in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA
A hearing test is your best source of diagnosing the degree of your hearing loss. During your test, you will wear a pair of headphones which will transmit sounds at different frequencies to your ears. Your doctor will assess your hearing loss by having you acknowledge each sound and which side of the headphones it came from.
For more information on hearing aids, please contact your ear, nose, and throat doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA. Call to schedule your consultation appointment for a hearing test today!