Find out what hearing aids are out there, and how to choose the one that’s best for you.
Having established that using a hearing aid would improve your quality of life, you need to decide what kind of aid to get. In order to choose the aid best adapted to you and your life circumstances, you need to get more familiar with different types of devices and their advantages.
Many potential hearing aid users until recently refused to use them because they considered them bad for their image or thought they would generate unpleasant comments. This kind of stigma was the product of outdated and inadequately sophisticated technology of old hearing aids, which tended to be big, impractical and inconvenient for the users. But over the last few years, technology has advanced to an incredible extent, giving the hearing aid sector a giant boost as well. Today’s digital hearing aids are inconspicuous, technologically superior, and are tailor-made for the user.
Considering their physical features, there are two main types of hearing aids today: In-The-Canal and Behind-The-Ear hearing aids.
In-The-Canal hearing aids are placed in the ear canal, and depending how much of the ear they cover, they are divided into several sub-types, such as the ITE/ITC/CIC models. They are placed in the ear canal, but differ according to size. The IIC or Invisible-In-The-Canal model is particularly advanced, and is almost completely invisible because it is located so deep in the ear canal. What will be the best model of aid for you will depend on the size of your ear canal, but also on the type of hearing loss you are experiencing.
Behind-The-Ear hearing aids are hidden behind the ear (with the exception of a small piece located in the ear canal, which produces the sound). These aids are divided into BTE and RIC models. BTE aids are located behind the ear, and the sound is transferred into the ear through an individual implant located in the ear canal. RIC aids are also located behind the ear, but have smaller dimensions, and are connected to the ear canal with a thin and almost invisible wire connected to a speaker. These aids are aesthetically very pleasing, and they can also be used by persons with more severe hearing loss.
Choosing a hearing aid
After testing your hearing and establishing the extent of the damage free of charge at one of Bontech’s stores, an expert will identify your ideal model of hearing aid, designed for your anatomy, individual needs and type and degree of hearing loss.
After making a decision about what kind of hearing aid is optimal for you, Bontech will adapt it to the earlier-prepared audiogram (which shows your sensitivity to different frequencies). Adjusting it makes the automatic work of the device possible, and therefore allows for easy use and a pleasant hearing experience.
Times when hearing aid users had to adapt to their aids have long passed. Today’s hearing aids completely adapt to the users, and therefore become a natural extension for their users and their users’ environment.