Listen Carefully: 4 Benefits of Hearing Aids
Hearing loss and impairments can be difficult to identify because these issues need to be self-reported, one often is not aware that there is in fact an issue, and hearing loss can occur gradually. When it does happen, it can often lead to difficulties maintaining relationships and sever communication issues.
As a result, if after a hearing assessment it is determined that you require hearing aids, you may be tempted to go with an option that is less noticeable such as ones that are placed directly in the ear or canal.
However, there are many benefits to a behind-the-ear hearing aid. Once you get a second opinion from your audiologist, you may discover this option may very well be the most suitable for your hearing needs.
1. Minimal feedback
When wearing your hearing aids, you want to be able to hear what is going on around you as best as possible. Some types of hearing aids are susceptible to feedback caused by sounds that leave your ear and make their way back to the microphone. This often results in a distinct whistling sound that can annoy people and seriously interfere with their ability to hear especially when they start wearing the hearing aids and are trying to get used to them.
With behind-the-ear hearing aids, the speaker that is in the ear and the microphone are a lot farther apart compared to other types of hearing aids, minimizing the chances of receiving feedback. Many technological improvements over the years have allowed wearers of behind-the-ear hearing aids to experience less feedback that impedes their ability to hear clearly and without interference.
2. Assists with wide range of hearing loss
Whether your hearing impairment is considered mild or intense, behind-the-ear hearing aids are able to assist you. For those suffering from mild hearing loss, this type of hearing aid can include only a tube and tip that barely enters the ear. For those struggling considerably with hearing loss, a hearing aid that infiltrates the ear more, often inserted further into the ear canal, is more effective.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are beneficial because there are many different options under this umbrella. This means that even if there are changes to your hearing abilities you can change to a different behind-the-ear model and you will not have to sacrifice the comfort level that may have taken you some time to start to enjoy.
When you got your hearing aids you probably made the commitment to treat them with care but the reality is wear and tear is common and it will occur. Therefore, you want a model that will be durable. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are an attractive option because they are strong, made of plastic with all electronic components enclosed. This protects the hearing aid from oil, moisture, and wax that will compromise the ability of it to work properly over time and require numerous repairs.
People often visualize behind-the-ear hearing aids as being bulky and oversized and while this is an accurate assessment of them when they were first introduced, this type of hearing aid has become a lot more modern. Due to advances in technology, behind-the-ear hearing aids have become more sleek and compact, allowing the wearer to receive the support they need and not allow them to have a noticeable impact on their appearance.
Admittedly, behind-the-ear hearing aids are still larger than models that go in the ear or canal but this allows them to be outfitted with directional microphones, Bluetooth, or latest technologies that can minimize the amount of feedback even more. The newest models also feature a newer battery that is long-lasting, allowing the owner to save money that would otherwise go towards periodic battery changes.