Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
A common question I am asked is: “Which hearing aid is best?” As with many things, that depends. Hearing aids come in many different forms/styles and technology levels. The best device for one patient might not be appropriate for another. Some patients could benefit from multiple types and styles, while others may only be successful with one specific style.
What most people think of as a hearing aid is just the shell or case. All hearing aids essentially consist of the same components: A power source; a microphone, for picking up sound; a processor (computer chip), for manipulating and amplifying incoming sounds; and a receiver (or speaker), for sending amplified sound into the ear canal. Each style from the smallest custom in-the-ear hearing aid to the largest behind-the-ear hearing aid has its own features and benefits. Each is designed to help with specific problems including type and severity of hearing loss, ear canal size, and dexterity.
Typically, each style of hearing aid comes in multiple technology levels. Technology levels differ in multiple ways, such as clarity, fine tuning, background noise reduction, and tinnitus management. Other components that vary include telecoils for phones; internal antennas for wireless connectivity to cell phones, TV streamers, remote controls, and other assistive listening devices; multiple microphones for directional hearing; and rechargeable batteries.
There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” hearing aid. At Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center we are dedicated to your best hearing, so we customize every hearing solution to each individual patient.
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