Hearing aids are the devices that amplify sound fashioned to help people who suffer from hearing loss.
The majority of hearing aids have many identical electronic components that include a microphone that picks up sound, an amplifier system that enhances sound, a miniature loudspeaker (receiver) that gives the amplified sound into the ear canal, and of course batteries that supply power to the electronic components.
There are various hearing aids different from each other by:
• The technology used to achieve amplification.
• Special features
Also, you have a particular type of hearing aids that also have earmolds or earpieces to guide the flow of sound into the ear while enhancing the quality of the sound. You can select a suitable hearing aid depending on the type and severity of hearing impairment, listening requirements, and lifestyle.
Different kinds of hearing aids
Behind the ear (BTE) aids
These aids have maximum parts contained in a small plastic container that fits behind the ear: The container is connected to an earmold or an earpiece by a small piece of clear tube. This model is particularly popular with young people/children as this can accommodate different ear molds, which will have to be replaced as the children grow. In addition to this, the BTE aids are easy to be cleaned and handled and comparatively strong.
MINI BTE (OR “ON -THE – EAR) AIDS:
This is a new type of hearing aid known as BTE. It also sits behind / on the ear but relatively smaller in size; a thin, almost invisible tube is used to connect the aid the ear canal. Mini BTEs offer a comfortable earpiece for inserting; however, this may also use a traditional earmold.
IN – THE EAR (ITE) AIDS
All the components of this type of hearing aids are stored in a case that fills in the outer part of the ear. The ITE aids are bigger than the canal and completely IN – THE canal aids. Also, for some people, it may be easier to handle than the smaller aids.