A full shell or in-the-ear type of hearing aid may be the right option for you. There are many different models of these devices available. Each one is customized to fit the individual user's needs. Keep in mind that you will need to have a formal test of your ability to hear to first determine if this type of device will help you. Your specialist will then tell you if this particular type is the right option for you. Other options include the completely in-the-canal and the partial in-the-canal varieties. A half shell is another option.
What Is The Full Shell Device?
Many people with the need for a hearing aid find the full shell design more suited to them compared to other models. This particular type of device is custom made for your specific ear shape and size. This customization helps to make the process a bit easier, ensures that it fits in the ear, and that it feels comfortable when it is in place. This device fits in the bowl shaped area of the outer ear.
Who Is It Right For?
Many people can benefit from the use of a full shell device. It is slightly larger than other models. This makes it better for those who have mild to severe hearing loss. If you are unable to hear well and your condition has progressed, this may be an ideal choices for your needs. However, some specialists also recommend this type for those who have mild loss but who may be likely to experience a more significant loss in a shorter timeframe.
What Are the Benefits?
There are several key benefits to using this type of hearing aid. One of the benefits is that it is able to pick up more sound. This means that significant loss can be improved upon. Unfortunately, this means it is more likely to pick up on wind sounds, too.
It may also contain many special features you may need to help you with your daily activities. For example, you may need a volume control feature. This type of device may also come with a directional microphone so that you can focus on specific sounds when in a crowded or busy environment.
These aids are easier to manipulate as well. For those who have a hard time with smaller items, your specialist may recommend that you use this type of device because you can hold, turn, and insert it more easily than smaller in-the-canal devices. Of course, this also means it is more visible than other forms.