Hearing aids can be a great solution if you have been diagnosed with hearing loss. Hearing aids are small devices that bring sound into the ear and amplify it louder. With technological advances, these devices can improve hearing loss in people of all ages in quiet or loud settings. There are also many styles and designs available to fit the needs of any patient.
Hearing aids are most useful for people who suffer from sensorineural hearing loss, which is damage to the sensory cells in the inner ear. The aids amplify sound enough for the undamaged hair cells to catch and send to the brain.
If you or someone you care for is interested in hearing aids, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4320 to schedule an appointment with our Audiology Services.
Choosing a Hearing Aid
It can be difficult to choose a hearing aid style that will fit your needs with so many options available. In addition to evaluating your hearing loss, an audiologist can help you find the best hearing aid for your needs and lifestyle. However, there are some things that you will want to be aware of when shopping for a hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Styles
All hearing aids have the same basic parts to digitally bring sound into the ear and amplify it. Though hearing aids come in many designs, the four main styles are completely in the canal (CIC), in the canal (ITC), in the ear (ITE) and behind the ear (BTE).
Hearing Aid Financing
Hearing aids can be a significant expense, but there are different options to consider to finance your hearing aid purchase. These options may cover all or part of the cost and greatly influence how much you pay out of pocket.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Hearing aids have basic and optional accessories. The basic accessories are needed for the daily use and maintenance of your hearing aid. The optional accessories are not needed for everyday use, but can make using and maintaining your hearing aid easier.
Hearing Aid Maintenance & Repairs
If you are using a hearing aid daily, it will likely need maintenance or repairs. These may range from basic repairs to more extensive damage repairs.
Basic repairs are ones you can do yourself; an audiologist can show you how. They include replacing batteries, removing and inserting the hearing aid, cleaning, replacing the wax filter, opening and closing the battery compartment and checking the input settings.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening systems (ALS) or assistive listening devices (ALD) are amplifiers that bring sound to the ear and separate sounds such as speech from background noise. ALDs improve speech to noise ratio, boosting the level of understanding for people who have problems distinguishing speech in noise to the same level as people with normal hearing ability.
Lyric™ is an extended wear hearing aid that can be worn 24 hours a day for months at a time. It is placed directly in the ear canal and cannot be seen by others. It can be worn during daily activities such as showering, talking on the phone, exercising and sleeping. Lyric™ comes with SoundLync, a magnetic adjustment tool that controls volume and power, and can remove the device if needed.
When you’re traveling with hearing aids, here are few things to remember: Pack all the items you need for daily use of your hearing aids. Replacement battery or charger, Cleaning equipment, Approved carry-on case if flying, Dehumidifier