Which are the Best Hearing Aids for Severe Loss of Hearing?

an older woman being fitted for hearing aids

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, then your audiologist might have recommended looking into getting some hearing aids. Hearing aids are a great technology that helps you hear, even if you have severe hearing loss. In this article, we are going to be looking at what the best hearing aids are for severe loss of hearing so that you can narrow down your search. It might be the case that your audiologist can give you some recommendations also, so speak to them if you want specific brand advice.

Severe hearing loss

Severe hearing loss is where you hear little-to-no sound when someone is speaking to you at a normal volume and can only hear some loud noises. Severe hearing loss can happen at any age, to anyone, so it’s not a case of something that only occurs when you are older. It is one of the highest levels of hearing loss and some of the symptoms that you need to look out for if you haven’t already been diagnosed include: thinking people are mumbling when they are speaking, not being able to hear someone behind you talking, listening to the TV or radio at excessively high volumes, trouble hearing in large groups and issues hearing on the phone.

If you notice that you are experiencing these symptoms, and you have not yet been diagnosed with any kind of hearing loss, or if you have, but the symptoms have gotten worse since your diagnosis, it’s important that you contact your audiologist and arrange another hearing test. It is important for you to realize that your hearing can change over time, so what would have been true a few years ago, might not necessarily be the case now. 

How hearing aids can help

Hearing aids work in several different ways to try and help you hear the best you can. One of the things that they do is help to cut out the background noise, making it easier for you to focus on the sounds that you are trying to listen to. Or, some hearing aids make the noises louder for you to hear, or lower the frequency depending on what you need for your unique situation. It might take some time to fully adjust to your hearing aids, and it might take trial and error to figure out what’s best for you.

In the ear

An in-the-ear hearing aid comes in two styles. One of them fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear, and this is known as a full shell. The other fills only the lower part and is known as half shell. Both are going to be able to help if you are experiencing severe hearing loss. They have a hard-plastic case that has all the electronics in it. The good thing about using this type of hearing aid is that it has volume control meaning that you can manually change this to suit what you need. As well as this, the battery is larger meaning that the battery life is longer than some of the other hearing aids on the market. 

Behind the ear (BTE)

A BTE hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. You might have noticed people wearing this before when you were out and about. This works through a tube that connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece that is known as the earmold which fits inside the ear canal. These are used for people who have all kinds of hearing loss, severe hearing loss included. 

This type of hearing aid is capable of more amplification than the other styles available, which is what makes it good for people with severe hearing loss. Being able to adjust this as necessary to fit your specific preferences. Also, if you are worried about the fact that these are the largest hearing aids, there are some newer mini designs that are less visible than the older models. This is great if you don’t want people to know that you are wearing a hearing aid unless they are really looking for it, while still getting all the best benefits of this type of hearing aid.

Learn more about this with Pacific Audiology Clinic! You can get in touch at 503-719-4208 where you will find a team of experts waiting to give you the advice that you need. Reach out today and find out all the information that you are looking for.