The ear is one of our most significant senses. Taking care of our hearing is really important, but what can you do when you start hearing badly? A hearing aid can help you recover that quality of life you are losing. Proakustik experts tell us the kind of devices that exist in the market and how they work.
An accident, a disease, ageing… There are many causes that can lead to hearing loss. However, on many occasions we can recover this sense thanks to technology and a hearing aid. Finding the ideal device for you and adjusting it takes time and patience, but the result is worth it.
Proakustik experts indicate that there are two types of hearing aids: in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) devices. Normally, all technologies can be implemented in these two types of mechanisms, although the BTE ones allow greater versatility.
Most people prefer these devices thanks to their small case and how discreet they are. They consist only of one piece that is placed directly in the ear channel. Their size is approximately that of an almond, although it may vary depending on your ear canal and the technology used to made it. This is an especially comfortable option if you wear glasses. Each of these devices is unique, because they are mainly tailor-made. Manufacturing a custom ITE device usually takes two weeks.
This type of mechanism is composed of two parts. One part is placed in the ear canal, and the second part sits behind the ear. The two parts are joined by a very discreet cable. These types of devices are also very cosmetically, and they are suitable for all types of hearing losses.
How to choose a hearing aid?
Not all devices work for all people, so hearing experts have to carefully check each patient’s medical history. Among other things, they have to examine whether patients have a perforated eardrum or other serious problems to offer them the most appropriate device for them. Mandatory is an audiometry tone and speech test. Very important is also discussing the individual needs and expectations. Proakustik will always recommend the most suitable device for you individually.
Standard batteries or rechargeable batteries?
BTE devices are available as rechargeable or devices with standard batteries. ITE devices run almost 100% on ordinary batteries. Manufacturers such as Phonak, Reosund, Oticon or Signia (formerly Siemens) have their own developed rechargeable systems with the batteries enclosed in the shell and these are not removable. They will be charged during the night and offer up to 24 hours of hearing. Other manufacturers, such as Widex, use rechargeable batteries from third-party-manufacturer, Z-Power. They will also be charged during night-time. But they also have the option to use ordinary batteries in case the user has forgotten to charge them during the night.
Ordinary batteries are however still the standard and more than half of the devices sold run on normal batteries. That is because not all of the models are available in rechargeable technology. The costs of rechargeable versus normal devices are almost equal, but rechargeable ones are slightly more expensive plus the price of the charger.
Can I try a hearing aid?
If you go to Proakustik, you can test any devices for free. If the product does not satisfy you or you do not feel comfortable with it, they will not charge you. However, if you want to try multiple devices, it is best to opt for a BTE device first, since the mechanism and technology are the same as the ITE devices, but Proakustik staff can change the BTE device just in a few minutes. ITE devices have to be manufactured, so you will have to wait about two weeks until you can test it.
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