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A Guide to Purchasing Hearing Aids

There can be numerous things to consider when you are buying hearing aids . To begin with, you need to determine your level of hearing loss . To do so, visit an audiologist for a scheduled hearing test . Once you’ve determined your level of hearing loss, you’ll know which hearing aid will work best for you . Depending on which kind you select, there will be various different options . cost will also be something to consider . You can spend a few thousand dollars on their hearing aids .

There are 28 million Americans with a loss of hearing . The term which describes the severeness of hearing loss is ‘degree’ . Persons with ordinary hearing hear a full range of sounds whereas those who are hearing impaired hear only some sounds or none at all . Sound is calculated in decibels . Unilateral hearing loss is a loss in just one ear – bilateral refers to loss of hearing in both ears. The following are guidelines to determine level of hearing loss :

Mild – 15 to 40 dB

Moderate Loss – 40 to 60 decibels

Severe – 60-90 dB

Profound – over 90 decibels

Behind-the-Ear hearing aids (commonly referred to as BTE’s) cover the greatest range of loss of hearing for wearers . BTE’s fit behind the ear, but are barely noticeable . They can be paired with an earmold to provide even better hearing , but this kind is also the most obtrusive hearing aid configuration . BTE’s with earmolds require frequent cleaning because they are prone to buildup of wax .

In-the-Ear hearing aids, or ITE’s, have room for many options . But, they also arequite visible and necessitate regular wax cleaning .

ITC or In-the-Canal hearing aids are less obtrusive than ITE’s . Buildup of wax is a problem, though , so ITC’s need to be cleaned often , and short battery life can be an issue .

CIC (Completely-in-the-Canal) hearing aids – the smallest kind you can get – are nearly invisible . Their very small size can sometimes cause people trouble in handling them, and they require regular cleaning.

You can purchase either digital or analog hearing aids . Digital hearing aids, and features like bluetooth , can be pricey .

One exciting option now available to people with hearing disablement is a Personal Listening Device . PLD’s work well for those with mild to moderate hearing loss, and with a price of $200 to $500 they are a fraction of the cost of traditional hearing aids.

When you know what your hearing needs are , the options you want , and how much you are inclined to pay, there are dozens of brands to choose from including Phonak, Siemens, and Starkey , with each having many models from which to choose . I hope this article will get you started on your search toward better hearing

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