When Should You Upgrade Your Hearing Device?

Your hearing device should be updated on a fairly regular basis depending on your auditory needs and the availability of new technology. As you visit your audiologist for regular check-ups, he/she will monitor the levels of hearing loss you are experiencing and make recommendations accordingly. Varying levels or types of loss will suggest different types of devices.

The hearing aid devices available include:

  • In-the-ear (ITE): ITE devices sit in the outer ear for treatment of mild to severe loss.
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE): BTE devices rest behind the ear and have a small mold that sits in the outer ear for treatment of mild to profound hearing loss.
  • In-the-canal (ITC): ITC devices are molded to the ear canal of the wearer for treatment of mild to moderately sever hearing loss.
  • Completely-in-canal (CIC): CIC devices are almost completely hidden within the canal for treatment of mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

The decision to change devices must be discussed with your audiologist as each type has benefits and drawbacks, such as BTE device capability to connect to Bluetooth or the CIC device capacity for damage due to earwax/draining. Your audiologist will also keep you up-to-date on the most recent advancements in the field. Updating your hearing device allows you to experience the most recent technological breakthroughs that will enhance your hearing capabilities and improve your quality of life.

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Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013