The various styles include canal hearing aid, in-the-ear hearing aid, and behind-the-ear hearing aid. They all differ in sizes, features and shapes that hold the primary components that facilitate easy awareness to sound.
These components include a microphone, amplifier, receiver and battery, all of which perform different functions in the conversion of sound waves to electronic signals or numerical codes synonymous with the binary codes of a computer for the improvement of communication and reduction of listening stress.
The audiologist may recommend any of the various types of hearing aid based on the severity of the patient’s hearing loss that ranges from mild to severe. A few of them, however, contain a few features such as telecoil to replace the microphone that will not make one aware of sounds when one is in places like churches and airports with induction loop systems.
These components that make up a hearing aid are enclosed in large hard plastics that may alter the comfort of one in the society, and many people dislike situations where they are being viewed as a handicap due to the specificity of traditional hearing aid.
However, the improvement in technology has made the following specific properties of hearing aid subtle to the society but known the user alone, by developing hearing aids in several retentive forms with sleek appearances— such as earrings and eyeglasses.
There are several stylish designs in the market, amongst which the twelve well-fashionable hearing aids include the following:
SoundGood Hear-ring is a snazzy digital hearing aid design in the form of an earring primarily made for women. The sound wave from the user’s surroundings will generate dynamic graphics when it enters the hearing aid—because the earring is made up of a mini music visualizer.
The WireEar is a smooth and stylish digital hearing aid with its components sophisticatedly placed for the facilitation of audible sounds the user will notice. The microphone is located in front of the ear, while the speaker is inside the user’s ear canal. The design of this device forestalls the problems that most hearing aids are vulnerable to —such as poor sound quality and echoes.
Babelfisk is a digital hearing aid that is sophisticatedly placed in eyeglasses due to the presence of speech-recognition software for the transcription of spoken words in the form of words.
When you are having a conversation with someone, and the person is speaking, all the words that come from his mouth would be written before your eyes with the aid of a tiny projector on the glasses. Babelfisk provides incredible benefits for those with severe hearing loss, but it is susceptible to damages due to accidents.
HearRings is another stylish digital hearing aid made from Swarovski crystals and comes with fashionable qualities—that is, they come in several types of colors apt for specific outfits.
Siemen vibe is a digital hearing aid for the hip fashion arena. It is designed in a miniature shape and size that makes it subtle when used. Siemen vibe comes in leopard skin’s design that sits in the ear without blockading the ear canal.
Tribal solar-powered digital hearing aid
Tribal solar-powered digital hearing aids are designed specifically for those suffering from hearing loss in West Africa. It does not require insertion into the ear before one can use it, but it can be held; but most times, it is looped in necklaces and brought close to the ears to improve the audibility of the sounds that come from the user’s surrounding.
The Decibel is a type of digital hearing aid developed by Priestmam Goode. It is designed to forestall the entrance of unnecessary sounds, thereby making the user listen audibly in noisy environments.
IDEO Microphone or Hearing aid
This hearing aid was developed after the Innovation Design Engineering Organization (IDEO) discovered a pathway of connecting a microphone to a conductive strip that encompasses the edge of a table in a bar. However, the user will have to buy an earpiece for easy conversation.
Goldfish digital hearing aid
A Goldfish digital hearing aid works on the nature of a real goldfish that possesses inherent ten seconds memory. Viz. The user can hear the sound he or she missed ten seconds after by just waving his or her hand past their ear.
The Universal Hear-ring
A universal Hear-ring is known for its sophisticated qualities that includes the addition of other features apart from what it is made for with a digital hearing aid. These features include wireless mp3 headphones and a hands-free mobile headset. These features, however, can be customized by the user to suit his or her moods, style or occasion —which gives it an advantage over others.
The plug hearing aid is a funky digital aid fashion that appears to be large with a piercing made to retain the hearing aid on the outer ear— this popular piercing is called a gauge. It also comes in different color combinations that you can choose from to match your attire.
There are several types of hearing aids, such as for in-the-ear, behind-the-hear and canal hearing aid, all of which are based on the location and positioning of the hearing aid. These types of hearing aids are now made to appear fashionable by the creation of retentive forms to hold the significant components responsible for the primary purpose of a typical hearing aid — that is, the microphone, amplifier, receiver and battery.
However, it will be essential if you visit an audiologist to examine your hearing problems for an appropriate recommendation of the right type of hearing aid for your condition to forestall the use of the wrong type of designs that may cause echoes and other problems that may be a symptom of using the wrong type of hearing aid.