Many professions and hobbies include loud noises and require hearing protection. From music concerts to construction sites to giant industrial plants, the world has become exponentially louder since the Industrial Revolution began.
Hearing protection has grown into an important part of public health interest as noise has become more common. Protective products are available for virtually any activity. It is recommended that children’s hearing be protected from an early age.
Earplugs, earphones and combinations of these are available for general and specific purposes, like swimming, hunting, playing music, working with loud indoor and outdoor equipment, and more. Protective sound-reducing equipment is an important part of many work and recreational activities. Call Audiology & Hearing Center of Tampa today for more information.
Here are the main hearing aid styles. Variations of these styles guarantee that there is a style to fit every hearing need.
In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are powerful and offer many features. The ITE is an electric amplifier in an earmold that fits the outer ear.
Invisible in canal (IIC): IIC hearing devices are the smallest and lightest available. They are recommended for moderate hearing loss.
Completely in canal (CIC): CIC aids are slightly larger than IIC but remain small and powerful, and nearly invisible.
Full-shell: A full shell is an earmold custom made to fit the outer ear. The electronics and battery are inserted in the shell and fit to the patient.
Behind the ear (BTE): Sometimes, it is necessary to put the electronics and battery in a compartment that sits behind the ear. In this device, a tube runs to the amplifier in the ear canal. The controls and battery are easier to use than smaller devices.
Receiver in the ear (RITE): RITE hearing aids offer a smaller behind the ear electronics package because the sound receiver is in the ear canal.
These devices are recommended for mild to severe hearing loss.
Every Signia hearing aid is designed to allow wearers to hear everything that matters to them. The company makes battery-operated and rechargeable products for every type of hearing loss. Signia offers hearing aids with acoustic motion sensors that help electronically find the sound direction you want to hear.
Lyric makes extended-wear hearing devices that are some of the smallest in the industry. Lyric hearing aids are inserted in the ears by the audiologist and can be worn continuously for up to three months. They sit very close to the eardrum and use very little battery power. These tiny devices are not right for everyone but could be a good product for those who have difficulty physically handling their devices every day.