Today digital hearing aids are used widely by people of all age groups. The exact type of hearing aid which you will need will depend upon your hearing loss and your lifestyle.
The latest digital aids are so small that they can easily fit inside the ear canal and are barely visible from outside. Such hearing aids are mostly suitable for people suffering from moderate to mild hearing loss. Such in the ear digital hearing aids have limited capability as their small size prevents the addition of may advanced features and circuits in the headphone body, like telecoils and dual microphones. Many models of such hearing aids are equipped with the remote control which assists in the volume control and operation of some other hearing aid features.
Then there are full shell digital hearing aids which fill the entire ear. They are same as ITC hearing aids but are equipped with high capacity battery which provides much longer backup. These hearing aids are partially visible.
The last types of digital aids are behind the ear hearing aids. They are slightly large and are placed on the top of the ear and have a mold and tube fitted inside the ear. They have good battery backup and are mostly used by people suffering from severe hearing loss.
A latest hearing aid technology which has just arrived is called open ear hearing aids equipped with RITE technology. These hearing aids are very small, have incredibly clear sound and are very comfortable. These hearing aids consist of tiny pod which sits on the top side of the human ear and contains all the components including battery. A thin wire runs from this pod into the soft rubbery speaker unit placed in the ear canal, where sound is directly conveyed to the ear. The world class manufacturers of such open ear hearing aids are Phonak, GN Resound and Opticon hearing aids.
Today digital hearing aids have large share in the total number of hearing aids sold in the market. This is due to the much improved quality of sound and other innovative features added to them. Though such hearing aids are much expensive than their analog counterparts, yet they are preferred because of their ability to the extent of hearing loss of a person and then adjusts their output according to it. Therefore must purchase one for your self to enter in a beautiful life full of amazing sounds!