Hearing aids should sound good, look good, and feel good.
For most people, hearing loss takes place gradually. Unconsciously, they develop strategies to help them cope better with daily interactions with people, like reading lips, guessing contextually, filling in the blanks, and smiling and faking it. At some point the frustration is overwhelming, and it’s obvious that something is not right with their hearing and action needs to be taken.
With a good hearing evaluation and fitting, hearing aids can often help restore much of what people are missing. Unfortunately, it’s been so long since the brain has heard properly, it comes as quite a shock when all the extra stimulation provided by the hearing aid is presented, so time and a rehabilitation program is needed. The patient is slowly reintroduced to the world of sound at a rate that is comfortable for them. A younger person adapts very quickly. Those more advanced in age need more time. In almost every case, the hearing loss is treatable.
Today’s newer technology has many features to help a patient acclimate to hearing optimally as soon as possible. The open fit hearing aid is a prime example. A small hearing aid that fits on top of the ear with a very thin, nearly invisible, wire that hooks into the ear canal. The tip, made of surgical silicone, is very soft and comfortable. Most have perforations to allow the free flow of air and sound naturally into the ear canal. This allows the hearing aid to supplement what their organic hearing is not able to pick up. The result is a natural sound and comfort that helps the hearing aid integrate into your normal everyday life, seamlessly.
However, not everyone has the same type of hearing loss, or their cosmetic needs may be more demanding. There is a hearing aid for every type of person. Invisible hearing aids are for those who are more concerned about appearances, while powerful aids are for those who are profoundly hearing impaired.