Custom style hearing aids, also known as “in-ear” or “behind-the-ear” hearing aids, are most beneficial to people who have a hard time hearing. They help improve hearing and provide better sound clarity than standard aids. They are especially useful for people who suffer from wax buildup, earwax build-up, or any other type of hearing impairment that prevents them from wearing cushioned earplugs. In addition, custom styles allow people to choose how large or small they want their speaker to be.
Many leading custom-style hearing aids makers produce custom styles. These companies have learned that many consumers do not always look past the price and often place more importance on looks than durability, fit, comfort, and sound quality. For this reason, they offer a full line of accessories, which are not only appealing, but practical – such as disposable cases, carrying cases, and battery changes. There are also a number of accessories, such as directional microphones, that can be used in custom styles.
One of the advantages of these is that they fit perfectly into the ear, eliminating any gaps or spaces that may exist with a cushioned ear canal. This is especially important for people who wear glasses, as glasses may not always fit well with custom hearing aid styles. Directional microphones offer another benefit to those suffering from hearing impairments: they help decrease background noise. While many standard hearing aid styles operate via circuitry that transfers sound from one ear to the other, directional microphones work differently.
The majority of people with severe hearing loss wear them at all times, although many will use them only when absolutely necessary. Because they are made specifically for one’s specific needs, custom hearing aids will often address issues related to hearing loss and balance issues. For example, directional hearing aids have been proven to help decrease background sounds and are designed to compensate for hearing losses associated with traffic.
One of the primary disadvantages is that it is difficult to adjust to because the inner workings are different. For instance, most users do not find it easy to turn up the volume when listening to music or television with the aid. This is often a result of poor fitting or ill-fitting hearing aids themselves.
The size varies by the manufacture, as does the shape of the outer ear and the depth of the canal that it can accommodate. One important thing to note about the inner ear is that it should not be larger than the eardrum. If it is, the noise may reverberate in the inner ear causing hearing loss.