Choosing the Right Hearing Aids
posted: Mar. 20, 2023.
You deserve to hear all of the beautiful sounds the world has to offer. If you are having difficulty hearing, you may be considering hearing aids. Your ENT specialist can help you find the right hearing aids for your lifestyle. The doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants provide comprehensive ENT services, including a wide variety of hearing aids. They have several convenient office locations in St. Clair Shores, Southfield, Novi, and Livonia, MI.
What You Should Know about Hearing Aids
There are some signs you might be experiencing hearing loss. You need to schedule a hearing screening if you notice:
- Hearing only muffled sounds and speech
- Having problems picking out words from background noise
- Needing people around you to speak more loudly and clearly
- Having difficulty picking out consonants within words
- Wanting to avoid social situations and conversations because of hearing difficulties
During a hearing screening, your ENT specialist will determine the degree of severity of your hearing loss, to help choose which hearing aid is right for you. In addition to the degree of hearing loss, there are other factors to consider when choosing a hearing aid, including:
- How visible you want the hearing aid to be
- Whether you want to be able to control the volume of the hearing aid
- If you are going to wear the hearing aid at all times, including during exercise
Your ENT specialist can help you decide from a range of hearing aids, including:
A CIC hearing aid (completely in the canal) which has the most discreet appearance, fitting completely inside your ear canal. CIC hearing aids don’t have a volume control or directional microphone.
An ITE hearing aid (in the ear) which fits over your outer ear and the lower section of your ear. ITE hearing aids are more visible, but they do have a volume control.
A BTE hearing aid (behind the ear) which hooks over the top section of your ear. BTE hearing aids connect to an earpiece inside your ear canal and have superb sound quality.
In cases of severe hearing loss, your ENT specialist may recommend cochlear implants which perform the functions of the parts of your ear that aren’t working well.
Talk with Your ENT Specialist
To learn more about how to choose the right hearing aids to enhance your hearing, talk with the experts. Call the doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants. You can reach them in any of their office locations in St. Clair Shores, Southfield, Novi, and Livonia, MI, by calling (248) 569-5985, so call today.