The right hearing aid

'A hearing aid needs to suit your hearing loss, lifestyle needs and budget.'

Choosing your hearing aid or device should be a rewarding experience and one where you are made to feel comfortable. That’s what we promise to do here at The Hearing Clinic. We’ll provide you with education and advice to answer any questions you may have about choosing the right hearing device for you.

Choosing a hearing aid

There isn’t a one size fits all approach to choosing and fitting hearing aids and hearing devices. Following your audiological assessment, we will work together with you on an individual basis to assess and fit a customised hearing aid that suits your hearing loss, lifestyle needs and budget.

With the state-of-the-art technology that is now available, for hearing aids and devices means that hearing aids are able to reduce noise and improve speech clarity better than before. You also have more choice than ever before to find a hearing solution that is perfect for you. From a small and discreet hearing aid that will hardly be seen to slightly bigger hearing aids that can make it easier to change the battery and have potentially stronger amplification of sound.

Types of Hearings Aids

A hearing aid is a small computerised amplifier. Despite a different range of shapes and sizes the core components of all hearing aids are designed to carry external sounds to your ear.

Let’s look at the most common types. Some aids can’t always be fitted to everyone as it depends on the size of the ear canal and the degree of hearing loss. And others are not recommended for those at risk of outer ear infection.

Open-Fit or Receiver in the Ear Hearing Aids

Usually small devices that sit behind the ear. Sound is carried from the device to the ear by a thin wire to a speaker or receiver inside the ear mould in the canal of the ear. The receiver can be changed to fit a wide range of hearing losses.

Completely in the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

Shaped to fit inside the ear canal. They are popular because they’re not very visible, are less subject to interference from wind and can be used relatively easily with the telephone. The downsides are they tend to have a shorter battery life due to smaller batteries and harder to handle because of their smaller sizes.

In the Canal Hearing Aids

They sit less deeply in the ear so are slightly more visible than completely in the canal hearing aids. They may not fit well in smaller ears, but they can include more features than the CIC hearing aids above and are easy to use with the telephone.

In the Ear Hearing Aids

These aids include all other aids which are made in one piece and sit partially in the ear canal. They may fill a small part or the whole of the concha and are shaped to fit the ear. Because they are larger they can provide directional microphones, volume controls and blue tooth compatibility.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids

These fit by hooking over the top of the ear and sitting behind it, amplifying sound and carrying it to a mould that fits inside the ear. They are very flexible and are used for most types of hearing loss for people of all ages. They come in a large range of sizes and colours. These hearing aids provide a wide range of features and most are Bluetooth compatible.

Wireless and Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Advances in technology mean good news for you if you need to get a hearing aid these days. Wireless and Bluetooth technology now allows you to be connected to a mobile phone, home phone, TV, computer, Skype, iPad and any other gadget that uses Bluetooth.

This means you can be connected to and hear with super clarity the sound coming from what you are listening to. So if your phone rings you will now hear it through your hearing aid and can answer the phone with the use of your hearing aid too. You can also use an app on your smartphone to adjust the volume and control your hearing aids!