Hearing aids have come a long way from the large beige devices your grandparents wore and constantly complained about. There are now a number of types and styles available to meet your unique listening lifestyle, aesthetic preferences and budget. The options may be overwhelming, but you don’t have to make this decision alone – your audiologist can help you figure out which hearing aid is right for you.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are four basic hearing aid types.
This is the largest hearing aid model, and it can benefit those with mild to profound hearing loss. The components of this hearing aid are located in casing that sits behind the ear. The compartment connects to the earmold, which sits within the ear canal, via a plastic tube.
BTE models are recommended for both children and adults. Because the earmold can be easily replaced, this style of hearing aid is ideal for children as it can accommodate them as they grow.
All the components of this style of hearing aid are housed within a plastic shell that sits inside the ear canal. This style is simple, comfortable and easy to use, and it is suitable for a wide variety of ear shapes and sizes. Because of the small size, it may be harder for those with dexterity issues to use.
A variation of the ITC model is the complete-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid. This model is even smaller than the ITC, and since it sits further in the canal, it is practically invisible.
These hearing aids are recommended for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
This model of hearing aid is slightly larger than the ITC model. The components are contained in a shell that sits in the outer portion of the ear. This style is beneficial for those with mild to severe hearing loss.
This style of hearing aid has two parts. The speaker, also called the receiver, sits inside the ear canal, and the rest of the components are in a sleek case that sits behind the ear. The pieces are connected via a thin wire.
This popular type of hearing aid is ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. If you find yourself walking through the University District Farmers Market and have trouble carrying on a conversation with the distracting background noise, this may be a sign you are ready for a hearing aid. To learn more about which style is best for you or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Evergreen Speech & Hearing Inc today.