When it comes to today’s hearing aids, cosmetic appeal often plays a big role in which types of hearing aids users choose. Because of their discreet size, natural listening experience, superior performance, and small size, smaller models have become a popular choice among hearing aid users.
When choosing a hearing aid, consider the size of your ear, your lifestyle, the amount of wax buildup in your ear, your personal preferences, and advanced features. If your hearing loss is more severe, certain features can help filter noise from speech, suppress feedback, connect to different mobile devices, and adapt seamlessly to different listening environments. However, the more features you require in a hearing aid, the larger it will need to be in order to house all the features!
How severe is your hearing loss?
One of the first things to consider when choosing a hearing aid is the severity of your hearing loss.
Severe hearing loss requires a more powerful receiver to provide hearing clarity The receiver changes the electric signal sent from a hearing aid’s processor into audible, understandable sound – allowing you to clearly hear and understand the noises around you.
The more power you need from your hearing aid, the bigger your device will need to be. Since severe to profound hearing loss requires a significant amount of power, many times smaller ITC and IIC models won’t have the room to house the components needed to deliver the sound quality required to hear clearly.
How small is your ear canal?
Additionally, the size and shape of your ear canal will also impact your eligibility to wear small hearing aids.
If your ear canal is small, you may not be a good candidate for smaller, customized models. Your ear canal may not provide enough room to fit all of the components inside the device that are needed to amplify the noise.
A hearing care professional can accurately measure your canal and make recommendations on which models fit you correctly.
Which features are must-haves?
Finally, you’ll want to consider which features you can’t live without when choosing a hearing aid. Do you want a model with Bluetooth®, telecoil, and a directional microphone to help you better hear and understand speech?
All of these factors will help you determine the size and style of hearing aid that will best suit your needs – as well as how discreet it will be. If you want a hearing aid that delivers all the bells and whistles, larger BTE models may be a good choice for you. However, recent advances in technology are making it easier to fit more features into smaller devices!
Phonak carries several custom hearing aids, and one of their newest and most powerful is the Virto™ B-Titanium. This hearing aid is made with an ultra-thin titanium shell. The thinner shell allows the device to remain small while housing a greater number of components – like a powerful receiver that can accommodate more server types of hearing loss.
If you experience severe or profound hearing loss, you may get better results from low-profile ITC hearing instruments, ITE or BTE hearing instruments. The good news is there are a wide variety of these types of hearing instruments that are comfortable, discreet, and powerful enough to deliver the performance necessary for more severe types of hearing loss. These types of hearing instruments provide high sound quality with more powerful amplification, and are less prone to sustain moisture damage from the ear canal.
At Connect Hearing, we’re here to provide you personalized service so you can find the best device for your needs and preferences. Contact us now to determine which model best suits your needs.