Frequently Asked Questions
Hearing aid is a small amplifying device which fits on the ear, worn by a partially deaf person. There are different types of hearing aids like Behind-the-Ear (BTE), Receiver in Canal (RIC), In-the-Canal (ITC), Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
A hearing aid takes in sound through the microphone, sends it through filters to the amplifier, which send it to a receiver. The clean and amplified sound is then transmitted into the ear canal. The sound must travel through the ear canal, make the eardrum vibrate, sending the sound through the bones of the middle ear to the inner ear (cochlea). The inner ear has hair cells that help to transmit the sound to the nerve.
As soon as you feel you have a hearing problem, do not waste any time. You must immediately seek an appointment with an ENT doctor who will determine whether it can be treated medically. In case it cannot, he is likely to recommend you for an audiology test so that you can have a thorough check-up of your ears by a qualified audiologist. Based on the audiogram report, the ENT doctor will be in a better position to determine the extent of damage to the inner ears, the degree of hearing loss and finally whether hearing aids can help you deal with it.
Hearing aids do not restore hearing to “normal.” Hearing aids do not “cure” your hearing loss, but they provide benefit and improvement in communication. They can improve your hearing and listening abilities, and they can substantially improve your quality of life.
There are several factors that will determine which hearing aid will be the right one for you. They include the nature and extent of your hearing loss, your lifestyle preferences, activities that you regularly enjoy doing and the size and shape of your outer and inner ear canal. Based on these requirements, your hearing dispenser will help you choose the hearing aid best suited for you.
Advantages of Analog Hearing Aids:Advantages of Digital Hearing Aids:
1. Generally cost less than digital hearing aids
2. Are sometimes more powerful than digital hearing aids
3. Long time hearing aid users sometimes prefer analog over digital
1. Can be programmed with ìnoise reduction algorithmsî to help reduce background noise
2. Highly programmable for various listening environments
3. Most flexible and adjustable for specific user needs
The technical term is binaural listening, and the auditory system is wired for it to allow for the best possible hearing and understanding. If a professional evaluation by a hearing professional indicates that you have hearing loss in both ears, two hearing aids may be recommended. Though two hearing aids are not recommended routinely for all patients evaluated. When this recommendation is made, it is because the audiologist feels that communicative ability will be significantly improved. Usually, this is the case of a person who has significant hearing loss in both ears.
Battery life depends on the length of time you wear your hearing aids, the size of your hearing aids, the type of circuit you have and the size of battery you use. Your hearing aid dispenser will be able to give an estimated life for your particular batteries.
1. Handle your hearing aid with care.
2. Change the batteries often so that they do not suddenly run out of power.
3. Switch off your hearing aid when not in use. If you do not use it for a long period of time, you should remove the battery.
4. The battery contacts should be cleaned regularly. Use a cotton swab but be careful not to bend the contacts. Dirty battery contacts can cause the hearing aid to not function properly.
5. Remove earwax from your hearing aid. Earwax can cause temporary malfunction or even a complete breakdown. The wax also easily collects dirt.
6. Clean your hearing aid with the small brush or the soft cloth that came with it. Do not insert tools into the sound outlet. This could damage the receiver. If you cannot clean the hearing aid completely, it is best to contact your hearing health care professional.
7. Change the filters often so that they do not collect wax or dirt.
Do not wear your hearing aid in the shower, when swimming, or when using a hair dryer, hair spray, or other types of spray.
8. Contact your doctor regularly to have your ear canals cleaned. Accumulated earwax may prevent sounds from travelling from the hearing aid into the middle ear. Do not try to remove the earwax from the ear yourself. You could damage your ear.