Choosing your first hearing aid can be overwhelming, as there are many factors that go into this decision – both for your personal preference and your hearing needs. What makes it more confusing is that many hearing aids look the same on the outside.
In-the-ear hearing aids (small hearing devices that sit inside the ear canal and do not wrap around the ear – also known as behind-the-ear or BTE hearing aids) are generally preferred by first time users. While ITEs have similar sound quality and performance to BTEs, they also have some challenges; they are not always as small as people would like, due to the natural properties of the standard shell material (acrylic) they can break, and they are not always comfortable.
Phonak has been working to identify a solution to these issues, and a new shell material, titanium (yes, the metal) has been discovered as the answer.
But how can a titanium hearing aid solve the most problematic and longest running issues related to in-the-ear devices?