Types of Hearing Loss

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Types of Common Hearing Losses and Recommended Hearing Aids

MILD FLAT LOSS

The audiogram at right shows normal hearing across the top
using X and O. (See Key Below Audiogram) The blue shaded areas show where the
symbols would be charted in degrees of hearing loss from slight to moderate.

Mild flat losses are recognized by feeling all sounds are dimmer that
they used to be. Mild flat loss sufferers tend to listen to the TV or radio
higher than normal hearing people do. While the
AuraSet CIC
and the
Easy Fit Soft Shell CIC and Mini-Canal
are small enough so they are not
noticeable visually they really make a big difference in how clear voices are
. Most mild flat loss afflicted people find that it is relaxing to have sounds
turned up enough so they aren't straining to hear.

Recommended Hearing Aids:

AuraSet CIC

B13
BTE


Arista Lite BTE

Easy
Fit Soft Shell CIC and Mini-Canal

MODERATE LOSS

People with moderate loss know they have hearing loss and it
interferes with normal day to day activities if not corrected by wearing
hearing aids. Moderate loss requires strong, well fit hearing aids. At
Advanced Hearing we can help with two types of products. Traditional BTE
hearing aids using earmolds (Obtained locally) or see our new style
mini-BTE device such as the
Gn ReSound AIR 60+

Unitron Moda

Siemens Acuris Life

The Gn ReSound AIR 60+, Unitron Moda, and the Siemens Acuris Life are Open-Ear type hearing aids and use
micro-tubes and soft domes that are not noticeable and very comfortable.

Recommended Hearing Aids:

Gn ReSound AIR 60+
Siemens Acuris Life
Unitron Moda
Arista Lite BTE
B13 BTE

MILD HIGH FREQUENCY LOSS

As shown in the audiogram to the left most of the Xs and Os indicate normal hearing until, in the higher frequencies on the right side of the chart, the symbols fall to reflect mild high frequency loss. The high frequency portion of the group of sounds that make up a word may be inaudible to people with high frequency loss. Hearing speech is as easy but understanding becomes more difficult as the loss deepens
... We hear but don't understand, the clarity is missing...
Traditionally the High Frequency Loss has been one of the hardest to attain satisfactory improvement in hearing with hearing aids. Gn ReSound changed that when they came out with the Gn ReSound AIR 60+. Being the first to reduce feedback when using an open earmold overcame the two biggest challenges for correcting high frequency hearing loss, occlusion and feedback. In the last year most of the other hearing aid manufactures have followed in Gn Resounds footsteps and released similar technologies. Siemens has come out with the Siemens Acuris Life which offers some great options. The Acuris Life has an optional remote control that allows the user to select from three memories and control the volume. The Acuris Life also has more power to fit a greater range of hearing losses. We can now offer much better solutions to high frequency loss than ever before. Another Open-Ear hearing aid that offers advanced features and power is the Unitron Moda. A very stylish and comfortable, high tech digital, open ear hearing aid. The Moda Open-Ear hearing aid comes with three memories and the option to use small tues or tubes with earmolds.

Recommended Hearing Aids:

Gn ReSound AIR 60+

Siemans Acuris Life

Unitron Moda

Arista Lite BTE

MODERATE TO SEVERE HIGH FREQUENCY LOSS

Commonly associated with noise damage, as well as aging, high
frequency loss is common. High frequency hearing loss, as shown in the
audiogram above, has benefited from vast improvements in hearing aid technology
recently.

The new, Open-Ear types of hearing aids such as the

Gn ReSound
AIR 60+ Mini-BTE
,

Unitron Moda
,
and the

Siemens
Acuris Life
are the top three brands. Severe high frequency loss is best
treated by the

Siemens
Acuris Life
, the
Unitron Moda
, or traditional BTEs such as the
Arista Lite BTE
with well fit ear molds.

Symptoms are not being able to understand speech except in quite
environments. TV and movies are very difficult. In places with excessive noise
such as busy restaurants or social gatherings it can become impossible to
carry on a conversation.

Recommended Hearing Aids:

(Moderate High Frequency Loss)

Gn ReSound AIR 60+
Unitron Moda
Siemens Acuris Life

(Severe High Frequency Loss)

Siemens Acuris Life
Unitron Moda
A13 BTE
Arista Lite BTE

SEVERE

People suffering with severe losses have fewer
choices in hearing aids. A good physical fit is critical, hearing aids must
fit very tight to hold the sound in the ear canal but not so tight it makes
the ear or ear canal sore. Traditional BTEs are the products that work best
and give the least amount of trouble.

Recommended Hearing Aids:

A13 BTE