What is the best hearing aid? It’s the one you want to wear!

August 15, 2007 by Francine Morrissette

What is the best hearing aid? It's the one you want to wear!

A hearing aid is a personal item. It’s adapted to your hearing level and the form of your ear. It takes into account not only your dexterity and hearing preferences, but also your sense of aesthetics.

In the same way that you choose pink frames for your glasses, you can choose a hearing aid to go with your glasses or lipstick!

Following your hearing tests, the audioprosthetist will do an analysis. He’ll discuss with you your lifestyle as well as your hearing and communication needs. He will then be able to inform you as to the different possibilities available to you.

Did you know that there are two aspects to consider in choosing a hearing aid? The container and the contents.

The container is what you see.

“For example, I’d like a red hearing aid because red is my favourite colour and it goes well with the colour of my hair.”

The contents are what you don’t see.

Inside the hearing aid there is a digital circuit. The digital circuit transforms acoustic signals at a very high speed and with extreme precision, providing much more sophisticated amplified signal adjustment than analogue technology. “For example, when I’m at my next concert, I want to appreciate the excellent sound quality of the violin as well as the piano. Then, I want to be sure to follow the conversation of my friends at the restaurant without having to manually adjust my hearing aid.”

So, the choice of a hearing aid is different from one person to the next.

Which hearing aids are digital?

Don’t be misled. In certain advertisements, you often see a small hearing aid called a CIC held between the thumb and the index finger. This hearing aid is digital, but it’s certainly not the only digital model. Whether the hearing aid is on-the-ear (OTE) or completely-in-the-canal (CIC), it’s always digital. Analogue technology was dropped by manufacturers following the new standards set by the RAMQ that came into force on June 1, 2006.