Do you know who invents hearing aid?
Hearing loss is not a new condition. People have been suffering from it for centuries.
The first electric hearing aid was invented by Miller Reese Hutchison in 1898. From then, hearing aid evolves at a steady pace.
How do hearing aids work?
No matter what type of hearing aid you purchased, All the hearing aids on the market are mainly composed of a microphone that picks up sound around users, an amplifier that makes the sound louder, and a receiver that delivers these amplified sounds to users’ ears.
Hearing aids are sound-amplifying devices that are designed to help people who have hearing impairment/loss.
Hearing Aids can differ by:
➜ Design and Type
➜ Technology That Used To Achieve Amplification
➜ Special Features
Here are the common hearing aids styles on the market.
✔️ Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids – Most Common Type
Most parts are contained in a small plastic case that rests behind the ear; the case is connected to an earmold or an earpiece by a piece of clear tubing. This style is often chosen for young children because it can accommodate various earmold types, which need to be replaced as the child grows. Also, the BTE aids are easy to be cleaned, handled and are relatively sturdy.
✔️ In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
✔️ In-The-Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids – Most Popular Type
ITC style hearing aids are custom-made, based on an impression taken of your ear canal and the surrounding area. They are slightly larger than completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids but still considered cosmetically appealing. All of the components in an ITC hearing aid are encased within a lightweight plastic shell. Their medium size makes them a great choice for push-button controls. ITC hearing aids offer a secure fit, easy insertion and removal, and longer battery life. They work best for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
✔️ Completely-In-The-Ear (CIC) Hearing Aids – Most Discreet Type
CIC hearing aids are custom fit to your unique anatomy using an ear canal impression to achieve maximum comfort and sound quality. These completely in the canal hearing aids come in a variety of skin tones so they are not noticeable when worn. They are easy to remove with a small, transparent wire. And, they have an assortment of features that improve sound quality, adjustability, and personalization.
The right hearing aid style for you depends on your:
➜ Level Of Hearing Loss
➜ Manual Dexterity