If you have hearing loss, you may feel like your hearing health is beyond your control. But there are still choices to be made that are very much in your control. If you’ve been told you need to wear hearing aids, it doesn’t mean you will be forced to wear something large, uncomfortable and hard to work. Modern hearing aids are a world apart from the outdated hearing aids you may be imagining. They are smaller, more comfortable and more user-friendly than ever before. What’s more, there are lots of different types so you can choose which will best suit your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget.
Let’s start with the most common type of hearing aid you’ll see…
BTE – behind the ear
This kind of hearing aid works well for those with moderate to severe hearing loss. They are called BTEs because the technology that powers these hearing aids is packed into a snug-fitting casing that sits just behind the ear. This casing is connected to an earmold that sits within the ear canal via a clear tube, which carries amplified sounds into the ear. Buttons on the casing enable users to adjust the volume and hearing programme settings with ease. The casings come in a range of colors, from subtle colors that blend into the skin, to bold colors that make more of a fashion statement.
RIC – receiver in canal
For those with mild to moderate hearing loss, these hearing aids provide ease of use and discretion. Instead of a clear plastic tube to channel amplified sounds into the ear, as with BTEs, the receiver in RICs sits in the ear canal and the tube is replaced with thin electrical wires. They are easy to fit, making them an especially popular option for anyone who is new to wearing hearing aids.
ITE – in the ear
Severe hearing loss doesn’t mean having to lose out on discretion when it comes to hearing aids. ITEs pack all that hearing aid technology into a single mould that is custom-designed to fit within the outer ear of an individual user. Available in skin tone colors, ITEs are ideal for those looking for hearing aids that won’t draw attention.
ITC – in the canal
As with ITEs, these hearing aids work for those with severe hearing loss and take discretion one step further as they sit within the ear canal. They are still straightforward to put in and take out and are also available in skin tone colors.
CIC – completely in canal
Most people will be hard pressed to spot these hearing aids when they are in. Ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss, they sit fully within the ear canal, with just a small handle peeping out to aid insertion and extraction.
IIC – invisible in canal
Also suitable for anyone with mild to moderate hearing loss, IICs sit within the ear canal but are placed further inside than CICs. This renders them practically invisible, however users should make sure they take them out every day.
There you have it, six different hearing aid styles with multiple options for anyone with hearing loss, whether it’s mild, moderate or severe. The decision is yours, but to make sure you get the right match and the right fit, it’s always best to get help from a professional.
Help is on hand
With Hearing Aid Concierge you don’t even have to walk out the door to get that professional help. Our hearing aid specialist, Wendy Meyer-Eberhard can come to you to carry out a hearing test at home. Orange County, San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles are all in Wendy’s service area. Just call 949-478-1254 to schedule a visit so you can find out which of these hearing aids is best for you.