Category: Hearing TV

Episode 5: Custom Fit Style of Hearing Aid

6 of 10 FAQ FOR HEARING TV WHICH HEARING AID SHOULD I BUY? (Levels of STYLE OF HEARING AIDS – Custom Fit) The final STYLE of hearing aid we’re going to discuss is Custom Made hearing aids.  These are hearing aids that are CUSTOM MADE for your ear. To do this a silicon impression is made of your ear.  This is a 5-minute procedure to obtain the ear’s INDIVIDUAL SHAPE.  The ear impression is then used to make a CUSTOM FIT hearing aid by the manufacturer using a 3-D printer.  Then the MICROCHIP, SPEAKER, AMPLIFIER, MICROPHONE and BATTERY HOUSING is fitted into this CUSTOM MADE shape. The final size of the CUSTOM FIT hearing aid is dictated by (1) the physical shape of your ear that is, HOW MUCH hardware can FIT in your ear; (2) your hearing loss SOoo the bigger the hearing loss, the larger size the SPEAKER needs to be; (3) your preference of size, for example the smaller CUSTOM aid size has very small batteries and need nimble fingers to physically manage them.  A larger size may be preferable for those who have less movement or feeling in their fingers. The ADVANTAGE of CUSTOM FIT […]

Episode 4: Open Fit Style of BTE Hearing Aid

4 of 10 FAQ FOR HEARING TV WHICH HEARING AID SHOULD I BUY? (Levels of STYLE OF HEARING AIDS – Open Fit BTE) In our last conversation we discussed the Behind-the-Ear (BTE) and earmould STYLE of hearing aid. Today we are looking at the smaller BTE option, the Open Fit BTE. The Open Fit BTE is in two parts: the actual hearing aid which sits behind your ear which is connected by slim tubing to a custom-made shell or a disposable dome. The ADVANTAGES of the […]

Episode 3: BTE Style of Hearing Aid

3of 10 FAQ FOR HEARING TV ​WHICH HEARING AID SHOULD I BUY? (Levels of STYLE OF HEARING AIDS – BTE) In our last conversation we discussed how “which hearing aid to buy” in terms of technology level and budget.  Today we are going to discuss the STYLE of your hearing aid. Within each TECHNOLOGY LEVEL and BUDGET, a model of hearing aid may allow you to choose a style of hearing aid.  In the next 4 episodes we will discuss the 4 major styles, their pros and cons. Today we are looking at the largest STYLE of hearing aid, the BEHIND-THE-EAR or BTE for short. The BTE is in two parts: the actual hearing aid which sits behind your ear which is connected by tubing to a custom-made ear mould. This hearing aid has been around for many years, but is fitted less often than in your mother or grandmother’s time. The ADVANTAGES of the BTE are​: It can provide […]

Episode 2: Levels of Hearing Aid Technology

2 of 10 FAQ FOR HEARING TV WHICH HEARING AID SHOULD I BUY? (Levels of TECHNOLOGY) In our last conversation we discussed how “which hearing aid to buy” will depend on what level of artificial intelligence best suits your lifestyle needs.  Today we are going to discuss the different levels of technology in hearing aids. Hearing aid manufacturers have large Research and Development Teams working on ways to improve people’s ability to hear with their devices.  This results in the development of the next “you beaut’ ” artificial intelligence MICRO CHIP which then becomes a new MODEL of hearing aid. The new MODEL of hearing is then made available to the public for purchase.  But not everyone has the budget to buy the best “you beaut’ “ hearing aid, so the manufacturer will dumb down the microchip to allow lower price points of the same hearing aid. Therefore the new model of hearing aid will have a hierarchy of technology levels and corresponding prices.  Which hearing aid you buy will depend on your lifestyle needs and budget.  Sometimes your budget may over-ride your life-style needs!

Hearing TV – Episode 1: Which Hearing Aid Should I buy

1 of 10 FAQ FOR HEARING TV WHICH HEARING AID SHOULD I BUY? (INTRO)​ Hearing loss affects one in seven Australians, and three out of four people aged over 70. Hearing aids won’t restore hearing but can make an enormous difference in being able to maintain employment and an active social life.  A big question for anyone needing hearing aids is “Which […]

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