Lack of hearing or hearing impairment is one of the most prevalent health problems for both the young and the old. In fact, studies have shown that hearing defects at birth are some of the most common birth defects in the world. Anyone with impaired hearing or anyone with a loved one with impaired hearing is familiar with how difficult it can be for the person struggling with the problem. It can also be embarrassing when trying to communicate with someone who doesn't understand the problem. Fortunately, there are solutions that can help the hearing impaired function on a day-to-day basis. Hearing aids are a great tool.
There are many different styles and options when it comes to hearing aids. Everyone is different and what works for one person won't necessarily work for another. If you are struggling to hear and you're in the market for hearing aids, you may have to try out several different styles before you find the one that works best for you. If you try one style and you don't like it, don't give up. Chances are there is something out there that will work right for you.
One common style of hearing aid is a device that is molded to fit completely in the ear canal. This style is generally best for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. For people who want hearing aids that are as unnoticeable as possible, this is the best option. Also, because the device fits snugly in the canal, it's less likely to pick up wind noise and is easy to use with a telephone. However, this style does contain smaller batteries which may not last as long. Another style of hearing aid fits in the canal, but not completely. Like the previous style, this style is less noticeable and is easy to use with telephones, but is slightly larger. Another common style is called the half-shell hearing aid. This style of hearing aid is custom molded to fit in the lower portion of the bowl shaped area of your outer ear. For people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss, this style can be very effective. Another popular style hooks around the top of the ear and rests behind it. This piece is attached to an ear mold that fits in your ear canal. Although this style is very visible, it has the best amplification. There is another similar style called an open fit, but it's less visible than the behind-the-ear style and it hooks to a tiny speaker in the ear canal, leaving the canal open. With so many options available, you'll be sure to find something that works for you.