Ready to improve your hearing but not sure what type of hearing aid is best for you? You’ve come to the right place. This quick guide breaks down the basics of hearing aid types and the factors you should consider when choosing the right hearing aid for you.
Hearing aid type: in-the-ear
There are many in-the-ear hearing aid types available. They all fit directly in the ear, so it is important to get the right shape and fit for optimum comfort and sound quality. In the ear hearing aids are custom-made to you so they fit your ear perfectly.
These types of hearing aids are suitable for nearly all types of hearing loss. As there are no external wires or tubes, these devices can be more discreet
There are five types of in-the-ear hearing aids, ranging from the invisible-in-canal to the full-shell type of hearing aid. The smallest style is completely hidden inside the canal of the ear. The largest fits completely inside the outer bowl of the ear, with a small portion extending into the ear canal to direct sound.
Features and benefits
• Discreet and less noticeable than other hearing aid types
• May be easier to handle
• Can accommodate telecoil, volume control and other extra features
• May be more susceptible to wind noise and damage from earwax and moisture in the ear
Hearing aid type: behind-the-ear
These types of hearing aids are perfect for users with a more severe hearing loss or smaller ear canals. All the components in these types of hearing aids are housed behind the ear with a clear tube that connects the hearing aid to an earpiece that fits in your ear canal.
These types of hearing aids are a lot sleeker and slimmer than older, more traditional models and are great for people with less dexterity or visual impairment. While they are still also very discreet, they are not invisible, but they are powerful.
With this type of hearing aid, you can choose the colour of the housing from a range that you prefer.
There are three types of hearing aids that sit behind the ear, BTE, RIC/RITE and Open Fit. Below you will find an overview of each style.
Features and benefits
• Is capable of more amplification than other hearing aid types and has a larger battery life
• Some users find them more comfortable as they do not fit deep within the ear
• Less vulnerable to moisture and wax build up
• Some models come with rechargeable batteries
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