You’ve known you’ve had a hearing loss for quite some time now and you finally get up the nerve to get your hearing tested. They tell you that you need a hearing aid and you cant help but think, Why did this have to happen to me?? Then they start telling you about hearing aids and use tons of terminology that just goes right over your head. Dont they know that you are in shock?? How can you make an informed decision about anything when you dont even know what they are talking about!?
Custom made ITE instruments require daily maintenance to prevent damage and repair. Due to the close placement of the loud speaker (receiver) to wax and moisture from the ear canal, there is a greater likelihood of wax and moisture buildup causing hearing aid dysfunction. If your aid appears to be weak, distorted, or dead, a simple cleaning and dehumidifying may fix the problem.
Some In-The-nano hearing may come with extra features installed; like a telecoil, which is a magnetic coil that can make it easier for you to converse over the telephone. This type of hearing device is usually not used by young children, because as children grow, the ear moulds have to be replaced often.
Perhaps the biggest advantage is that this type of hearing aid can effectively help people with any kind of hearing loss. This statement says a lot about this type of hearing aid. When a person is diagnosed with hearing loss, the main issue is to improve their condition.
The BTEs are made to last and are dependable. Plus it’s a great idea for a child who may need a hearing aid. The mold can easily be fixed for a growing ear, where the other options are a bit harder to fix.
By the early 60s technologies improved to the point of dropping the use of body worn hearing aids to less than 20%. The next big jump in technology came in the early 70s. Hearing aids became programmable making them work much better for many different listening situations. In the next 20 or so years developments and technology improvements have advanced the hearing aid to very realistic hearing correction devises.
The best way to save money on costly repairs is to handle your hearing aids properly, and make sure you are keeping earwax and other dirt out of them.
It’s been my experience that while people try earnestly to speak clearly and a little slower, after a while they forget and go right back to speaking quickly or leave the room while they are talking. I sometimes have to tactfully remind them to repeat, slow down by asking “pardon me?” Usually, that’s all it takes, just a gentle reminder. Communication is a two-way street and it is just as much my responsibility to let the speaker know when I am not “hearing” them properly.