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Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

A1 Hearing are able to supply a huge range of different hearing aids from a number of major world-wide suppliers.

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Behind-The-Ear

BTE hearing aids fit behind your ear; they vary in size depending on their power performance. A standard or thin sound tube connects the hearing aid to the earpiece.

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Receiver-In-The-Ear

RITE solutions combine the benefits of both BTE and ITE models. The smallest RITE solutions are virtually invisible.

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In-The-Ear

ITE hearing aids fit in the ear canal; they vary in size depending on their power performance. The smallest (CIC) are virtually invisible, larger models (ITC & ITE) are more powerful.

Technology

All hearing aids now incorporate digital technology and are the newest and most sophisticated type.  They use computer technology to process sounds.  Digital instruments have the advantage of allowing more control of the sound signal and they can be programmed in the hearing care professional’s office to adjust to the wearer’s hearing loss.  They allow flexibility in fitting individual hearing losses.  Digital hearing instruments are available in all styles.

Special Features

In addition to circuitry, there are many special features available to enhance your hearing system.  These include things like directional microphones, multiple listening programmes, audio input capability, remote control, telecoils and wireless bluetooth connectivity for phone use, remote microphones etc.

So which types are better?  How do you know which special features would be the most useful?  It all depends on your individual hearing loss pattern, the severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle and personal preferences.

This is why it is so important to find a knowledgeable hearing care professional who can assess your personal situation and recommend the best system for you.

How do they work?

All hearing instruments operate on the same basic principles.  A miniature microphone picks up sound, an amplifier circuit makes the sound louder and a tiny receiver (or speaker) delivers the amplified sound to the ear.  Hearing systems differ in style and technology.

Will they really help?

Once you begin to wear your hearing instruments, it will take some time to get used to them.  Just like getting bifocals, you will need to refocus your hearing and readjust to sounds you have been missing for a long time.  You may notice some improvement right away, but it can take several weeks until you are able to obtain maximum benefit from your hearing instruments.  Patience and perseverance are the key.  Your hearing care professional will work with you to make adjustments to obtain the best settings for you.  You will be instructed to practice listening in a variety of environments.  With dedicated practice you will soon be on your way to becoming a happy and satisfied hearing instrument user.