If you have hearing loss, your audiologist might suggest hearing aids. Hearing aids work by magnifying sound vibrations as they enter your ear, so the sounds are louder. This can make it easier to hear quiet sounds, but it can also help you hear people talking even when there is a lot of noise around you. Your hearing aids will have volume controls, so you can turn the sound up or down as you need to.
Your hearing aids will be fitted for your ears, and they’ll be adjusted so you can hear more clearly. There are different kinds of hearing aids to fit your needs and your budget.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids are connected by tubing to a piece that fits inside the ear.
- Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) aids work like BTE aids, but are much smaller and almost invisible.
- In-the-ear (ITE) aids fit inside the “bowl” of your ear.
- In-the-canal (ITC) or half-shell aids are smaller versions of ITE-style hearing aids.
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) aids are the smallest and least visible type.
Getting used to hearing aids
At first, only use your hearing aids when it’s quiet. This will let you get used to the new noises you’ll be able to hear. Gradually start wearing them in louder surroundings until you can wear them all the time. Keep track of how they are working for you, so your audiologist can adjust them if needed.
Rex ENT Specialists can help you hear more clearly and enjoy the world around you. Dr. John A. Garside, M.D., specializes in treating hearing loss and other ear, nose and throat disorders in adults and children.
To find out more about hearing aids, visit the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.