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Choosing the most suitable device depends on the individual’s category of hearing loss, degree of impairment, as well as the size and shape of the outer ear and ear canal.
It is therefore necessary to fully understand each individual’s unique hearing situation, before matching the person to the abilities and limitations offered by each hearing aid.
Before you purchase a hearing aid:
- Consult a qualified audiologist for a comprehensive audiological test & evaluation
- The diagnostic results will be reflected on an audiogram, which will reveal the type and degree of hearing loss
- Compare the daily hearing difficulties encountered with the results on the audiogram to render a comprehensive picture of the hearing situation
- Understand the abilities and limitations of the various types of hearing aids –
- CIC: Mild to moderate level of hearing loss
- ITC/ITE: Moderately severe level of hearing loss
- BTE: Severely profound level of hearing loss
Digital hearing aids
Many of the new generation hearing aids have gone digital and are classified into entry, mid-range and high-end digital technology. There are four keys features in modern digital aids that significantly improve speech intelligibility, even in a noisy environment:
- Multi-Channels Signal Processing
- Multi-Channel Noise Reduction
- Adaptive Directional Microphone
- Wireless connectivity
Over time, untreated hearing impairment results in poor speech intelligibility and simply amplifying the sound does not solve the hearing problem. The impaired ear faces:
- Reduced audibility
- Reduced dynamic range
- Reduced frequency resolution
- Reduced temporal resolution
At THSG, we often hear existing hearing aid users who came to our clinic the first time complained that their hearing aids only amplified sounds louder but they were still unable to hear conversation clearly in noisy places. This could be due to wrongly selected style and technology of hearing aid and often we notice hearing aids users are not aware of the limitations of hearing aid amplification.
Hearing loss treatment is a gradual process, and hearing aids will not promise you perfect hearing again. The outcome of hearing aid amplification depend largely on two factors, firstly the degree of hearing loss and secondly the technology of the device. In general, the poorer the hearing, the less you may benefit from hearing aid. The better the hearing aid technology, the better the aid can filter out the background noise and focus on the speech you want to hear. These not only improve the clarity of speech in noisy situations but also improve the comfort of using the aid. At THSG, you can rest assured that we will take the time and effort needed to provide the best results for our patients.
We are honest with our patients about the benefits and limitations of each hearing aid, the uniqueness and physical confines of every individual’s ear, the eventual outcome and the time needed to reach a successful hearing outcome. Talk to our experienced audiologists for more information on how to improve your hearing and live an active, hearing-enabled social lifestyle again.