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People in our country tend to correlate hearing loss with old age and this is mostly true. Much of the population’s hearing loss is from the onset of older age but there are several types of hearing loss that need to be explained in further detail.

The articles below are meant to give you and your loved ones a better understanding of hearing loss and to both educate you and debunk myths about hearing loss. You can always call 1CHC directly at (252) 321-EARS with any questions that you may have about hearing loss.

7 Hearing Aid Facts

What should you take into consideration when purchasing hearing aids. We have compiled a list 7 facts below in correlation with the American Hearing Aid Association (AHAA). These are some of the most basic but in-depth facts you need to know.

1.   Level of Hearing Loss Affects Recommendations 
An experienced audiologist should inform you immediately to make you aware of the severity of your hearing loss and as to what recommendations of hearing aids they suggest you should go with.

2.   Lifestyle, Exercise and Work will Make a Difference 
Your lifestyle such as do you like to workout actively, does your job require extensive motion or even if you want to hike the Appalachian Trail. These activities often require a different type of hearing aid such as the Lyric for instance.

3.   Technology Equals Increase Hearing 
The quality of the sound coming in should be one of your top concerns. This is honestly why you are purchasing a hearing aid to begin with which is to attain superior hearing. Not all technological feature will benefit all types of hearing loss. This is why you need a TRUE audiologist to steer you in the right direction.

4.   How Does it “Handle” 
While small hearing aids are fantastic for comfort, they can be bad for other things. Take into consideration if you have bad eyesight or a false sense of touch. You may not want a small but discreet hearing aid if this is a consideration.

5.   “Appearance” is in the Eye of the Beholder 
Lets be honest with ourselves. We live in a time when it sometimes matters how things look on us. 1st Choice Hearing Care has a complete line of discreet hearing aids from Behind the Ear to In the Canal types and more.

6.   The Physiology of Your Ears Matter 
A good audiologist in Greenville will as well study your ears intensely. The shape of your canals, the width of your lobes and more all matter in fitting you with the appropriate hearing aids. Your ear canal for instance maybe too small for an inner-ear type hearing device.

7.   Do You Need a Pair of Hearing Aids 
As the saying goes two of something is better than one. You maybe just OK with one hearing aid if loss is restricted to one ear. However, hearing loss in older age for instance is often a progressive issue in the over all hearing system. You would benefit from the binaural (dual hearing aid) method if this is you. Make sure your audiologist covers all the bases!


Styles of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids come in three basic styles or types. All three types covering one main area and some even overlap into other areas. Review the paragraphs below to learn more.

Receiver-In-the-Ear (RITE) 
RITE style hearing aids offer some of the most comfortable fittings because of the ability to allow the ear canal to stay open to remove the “plugged up” sensation. Other features may include Blue-Tooth for interaction with an IPhone for instance.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) 
BTE hearing aid devices maybe a good choice for people whom have excessive earwax or even for children. BTE tend to be more powerful due to the larger size. The larger size allows for more powerful batteries, better microphones and much more.

In the Ear (ITE) 
ITE hearing aids rest comfortably inside the ear as the name implies instead of behind the ear like traditional hearing aids. ITE devices can accommodate add-ons like a telephone switch and tend to be much easier to handle.

In-the-Canal & Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) 
CIC hearing instruments are smaller in size than ITE hearing aids and more discrete than many other hearing aid styles. CIC tend to require great dexterity and will not be appropriate for all types of hearing loss.



Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural is more commonly known as nerve damage hearing loss due to the damage of the inner ear including damage to the acute hairs that carry audio waves to the brain. This can be brought on by a number of common factors including but not limited to: prolonged exposure to noisy environments, infections of the inner ear, ear or head related trauma and just the aging process. Sensorineural isn’t treatable with surgery or medication. Often hearing aid devices will be required to treat this type of hearing loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss

This happens when the inner part of the ear doesn’t account for signals in a proper manner. This commonly occurs from an injury suffered to the canal or middle part of the ear. This is often treatable with medication or surgery but hearing devices can be options as well.

Mixed Hearing Loss

This is pretty much what the name implies which is when symptoms of both sensorineural and conductive hearing losses are present in the patient.

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