Not Your Grandfather's Hearing Aids- Six Technologically Advanced Solutions For Hearing Loss

Never before have hearing aid options been so plentiful. Advances in technology have pushed hearing aids from archaic, bulky devices quickly into the 21st Century and beyond. Here is a basic primer on the different types of hearing aids available on the market today.

Invisible Hearing Aids

These hearing aids are so tiny, they fit deep in the ear canal. This renders them virtually invisible to anyone. Your doctor will take an impression of your ear, and the device will be custom made to fit your ear canal. This device is suited for people with mild to severe hearing loss. It is a good choice for people who may feel embarrassed with a more visible hearing aid.

Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids

While this is the most common and visible hearing aid, technology hasn't passed it by. They have a sleeker design than models from years gone by and they even come is assorted colors. Their larger size and buttons make them ideal for elderly patients or those who have difficulty with manual dexterity. They are recommended for patients with moderate to severe hearing loss.

Completely In The Canal Hearing Aids

This inner ear hearing aid is virtually invisible except for a small "handle" that makes it easy to remove. It is custom made to fit your ear, and it is flesh-toned to further camouflage the device. It is an ideal model for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Receiver In Canal Hearing Aids

These hearing aids are ideal for patients who suffer hearing loss in only one ear. It uses your healthy hearing in the other hear to help amplify sounds for the deficient ear, allowing you to use both ears to hear. The design is discreet and it is easy to adjust. It also cuts down on annoying feedback and echo reverberation.

Tinnitus Hearing Aids

Patients who have suffered with incessant ringing in their ears now have a device that relieves this extremely annoying condition. They work by amplifying sound, which enables the wearer to focus less on the ringing noise.

IPhone And Android Compatible Hearing Aids

These are the high-end hearing aids. They allow you to connect your smartphone device and apps directly to your hearing aid. Telephone calls and music are digitally delivered directly to your ear. They reduce outside noise, allowing the wearer to focus more easily on conversations without picking up excess background noise. These hearing aids also have a "cool factor," making them ideal for younger patients with hearing loss.