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Re: Hearing Aid Question
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) - Sits behind your ear and is connected to an ear mold placed inside your ear via tubing. BTE devices are fastened on the ear with an ear hook and the ear molds are custom made to fit the user's ear. In the Ear (ITE) - These are placed in the ear of the wearer. In the Canal (ITC) and Completely in the Canal (CIC) - With ITCs and CICs, the whole hearing aid is placed inside the canal. ITCs are often larger than CIC devices. CICs are extremely tiny in size and are almost invisible. Body-worn hearing aids - These aids use an external box worn by the user. The user wears an ear piece which is attached to the box by a wire. There are also disposable hearing aids available which have a built-in battery and, after the allotted hour or time usage, the user simply replaces the entire aid.
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Tcoil should be turned off for normal day to day hearing aid use so that the person wearing the hearing aid does not hear a "buzzing" sound. The Tcoil picks up teleloop signals which is a special signal sent out by a teleloop antennae.
Some students with hearing aids use tcoil for special programs that let them hear the teacher. Tcoils were popular in older hearing aids for phone use but now people use Bluetooth in hearing aids more.
Where did you get your instrument? This is where I would go to obtain the hearing aid tubes you are requesting. Generally, unless you have the expertise to replace the tube you may be making another problem to solve by replacing this hearing aid tube for an Electone Tango 3p hearing aid.
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Using a magnifying glass or eye loop, check for wax build up in the output (hole in hearing aid that is closest to eardrum). I have in-channel type hearing aids. The hearing aid audiologist gave me "wax gaurds" to prevent wax buildup in the output hole. If you have any wax in the hole, try to remove it by using a small wire loop - (a shape like a square "u") and scoop the wax out. If that doesn't help, the hearing aid may need to be professionally cleaned. Lastly, as my mom would say, "clean out your ears"
There are many factors that need to be considered when estimating the price of the hearing aid: What type of aid is it? What accessories does it have? Is it digital or analogue? Is it programmable? Did I get my hearing consultation and other services with the aid? What are the capabilities and product features? One hearing aid can cost $50 (for disposable aids) to $5,000 for models with the most cutting-edge technology.
Because every person has a different extent of hearing loss with a different type, this is difficult to answer. Some believe that there are benefits to wearing two aids. Obviously they provide for a more balanced hearing by better directing sound from different areas. Some believe that two aids provide more clarity and allow the user to hear better in noisy locations. A licensed professional or audiologist will best be able to recommend whether one or two aids will work best for you.
This depends on how much energy and power the hearing aid needs, how often you use it and what type of hearing aid it is. Some batteries may last days while others can last weeks. Consult your hearing professional and read through information supplied by your battery manufacturer to ensure that you follow the steps to maximize the life of the batteries.