There are benefits to having different styles of hearing aids. The style of hearing aid to be used is best determined by the hearing test. The hearing test is an indicator for a prescription of how to fit an individual with a hearing aid.
All-in-the-ear Hearing Aids
Many of the all-in-the-ear hearing aids are best used for a more uniform hearing loss where one's hearing has decreased at the same level in all frequencies. All-in-the-ear hearing aids consist of deep canal, which are the smallest, and canal, that are a little larger and can be seen in the canal.
Behind-the-ear Hearing Aids
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are predominantly used for hearing losses in the higher frequencies. Some behind-the-ear hearing aids are used for more profound hearing loss because all-in-the-ear hearing aids are not capable of amplifying and giving proper gain for people with higher or greater loss. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are becoming more popular because of their ability to help with higher frequency hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear and all-in-the-ear hearing aids are the hearing aids of choice.
When hearing aids were first being made there were body aids. Those evolved into the temples of the glasses and then into the behind-the-ear hearing aids. Body hearing aids are rarely used now and the temple hearing aids are no longer made.
Some people will use another type of hearing aid, cochlear implant, which is used for the profoundly deaf and requires surgery. With a cochlear implant wires are surgically implanted into the cochlea then a transducer is placed between the scalp and skull. A magnet type of coil is placed over the transducer and a wire is run to a device similar to a behind-the-ear hearing aid. That will transmit electronic signals to the cochlea where our nerve hearing begins. Specialized surgeons will perform the placement of a cochlear implant, if needed, after our initial testing.
Caring for Hearing Aids
Experiences are shared with us about people forgetting they have their hearing aids in. They get in the shower and remember the hearing aid is still in their ear. They take it out and just set it on the counter. In reality the battery needs to be taken out and placed in a special hearing aid drying pack. If a drying pack is not available the next best thing is to place the hearing aid where it can sit in a dry place, such as a window sill where the sun can warm it. Microwaves are not the place for hearing aids: A gentleman happened to get in a swimming pool with his hearing aids in and the hearing aid got wet. He took it home and put it in the microwave. The hearing aid exploded putting a hole in the side of the hearing aid.
If you have small children around or pets, and when not being used hearing aids need to be kept up on a shelf. Dogs love to chew on them and cats love to play with them. It's a good idea to keep them in the box they came in when not being used. Small children don't usually play with hearing aids but do tend to put the batteries in their mouth. When that happens you must call a doctor. Even though hearing aid batteries are very small they are extremely caustic and can cause major harm if put in the mouth or swallowed.
Generally, hearing aids are pretty sturdy and durable. If a hearing aid is dropped on a hard surface it can break or the microphone or speaker can be damaged. If a hearing aid is dropped or stepped on it should be brought in to be looked at.
Hearing aids have their own individual serial numbers. The manufacturer has a record of the serial numbers and who they belong to. We also keep a record of the serial numbers in our office. If the hearing aid is lost it is a good idea for us to know the circumstances on how it was lost. If it is under warranty we can send the serial number to the manufacturer and it can usually be replaced, with a deductible charge for the cost of replacement.
Hearing aids that have been made all-in-the-ear have been scanned with a laser and digitally stored. These records are kept for up to three years. If needed we can send a loss and damage report and the manufacturer will remake the hearing aids from the scan that have been made from the ear mold.
Our hearing aids come with warranties for repair, loss and damage. Our premium hearing aids come with a four year warranty, four year loss and damage and batteries for 2 years. Mid range hearing aids come with a 2 year loss and damage warranty and 2 year repair warranty and one year of batteries. The entry level hearing aids come with a one year loss and damage and a 2 year repair and warranty. Batteries are not included with entry level hearing aids.