Explaining the Different Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are available in many different styles, sizes, and believe it or not even colors. The modern technology of today has allowed for hearing aids to be made much smaller than previously but with greater power to deliver excellent sound quality. Most of the hearing aids you will find available today are digital hearing aids. This means that they use a complex computer processor to transfer sounds to your ears. Many of these hearing aids are even Bluetooth capable meaning you can connect your hearing aid to any and all things Bluetooth!

Finding the correct hearing aid for your type of hearing loss needs can feel overwhelming at first. There are many different options, but first you must pick the style that best suits your needs and also is the most comfortable for long term use.

Hearing aids come in a variety of styles, differing in size and the way they’re placed in the ear. Each hearing aid style has its own advantages and limitations based on the wants and needs of the hearing aid user.

  • ICC: Invisible in Canal hearing aids are not visible to others when worn. They fit deep inside the ear canal and are extremely comfortable as they are custom made. They are known for their ability to provide a natural sound experience. They are not recommended for elderly users simply due to their small size.
  • ITC/HS: In the Canal, also known as Half Shell hearing aids are visible to others though still discrete. They are a great hearing aid option for someone who enjoys a simple and helpful technology without any confusing technologies.
  • BTE: Behind the Ear hearing aids house all components including the speaker behind the user’s ear. From here a plastic tube connects to an earpiece which provides amplified sounds to the user.  This hearing device is extremely popular as it can cater to many different needs and is the least susceptible to wax and or moisture damages.
  • RITE/Mini RITE: Receiver in the Ear hearing aids are the best seller of hearing aids. The receiver-in-canal hearing aid device is small, discreet, and incredibly quick to fit; perfect for many first-time hearing aid users.

There are so many different hearing aid styles out there; one of them is perfect for you and your needs. To find out more about hearing aids contact your local hearing care professional. Start living your life with better hearing!

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Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013