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Common Hearing Aid Styles

Woman With Selection of Hearing Aids

Are you suffering from issues with your hearing? After getting a hearing test, you might need to take the next step and get treatment for managing your hearing condition. This will require speaking to a hearing instrument specialist. They will help you select the right hearing aids for your specific set of needs and wants. You probably don’t realize this, but there are actually various different styles of hearing aids that might be suitable depending on the extent of your hearing loss. So, let’s explore some of the different options and look at how you know which type will suit your individual needs.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

BTE devices are some of the most common hearing aid styles available. BTE hearing aids offer a number of benefits, from being cost-effective to providing the most power. BTE hearing aids are typically larger than the other types of devices, but can be selected in a mini variety or in skin or hair tones to increase their discreetness. BTE hearing aids are suitable for individuals with mild-to-profound hearing loss.

Because of their size, BTE hearing aids are easier to handle and less delicate. This can be helpful for individuals with dexterity or even vision issues, as it makes changing batteries a simpler task. They can also be equipped with a variety of different features, which means they can be customized to your exact needs, whether you want feedback reduction or directional microphones. These devices are also ideal for children and adolescents with hearing loss because as they grow and develop, their ear canals will change shape; however, with a BTE hearing aid, only an earmold will need to be replaced from time to time rather than the entire unit.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

The next common style of hearing aid is the ITE device. These are worn in the bowl of the ear and are slightly smaller than BTE units. They are available in full and half-shell styles, which describes how much of your ear bowl they fill. They can be selected to match your skin tone and offer a subtle look for people wanting to keep their hearing loss more private.

ITE hearing aids are ideal for individuals with mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss and can also be equipped with several different features to suit your particular needs. A hearing instrument specialist will typically recommend these if you have a more active lifestyle because they sit securely in your ear. Because they are moderate in size, they are also still user-friendly for individuals with dexterity issues, which makes changing the batteries and cleaning the device much easier.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

Another common style of hearing aid that you might want to consider is the ITC device. ITC hearing aids are the smallest and most discreet of all device options and can come in a few different sizes, including: in the canal (largest of canal options), completely in canal (middle size) and invisible in canal (smallest). Because of their location in your ear canal, these devices offer the most natural listening experience and wearers report minimal feedback issues.

ITC hearing aids are some of the smallest available on the market, which means power and features can be limited for individuals with profound hearing loss. They are, however, suitable for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. They can be difficult to handle if you experience dexterity issues, so make sure to talk about the care and maintenance required for ITC hearing aids, as well as changing the batteries.

Talk to your HIS

Your hearing instrument specialist will be your partner when it comes to evaluating and selecting the right device for your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget needs. Finding the right style of hearing aid is important because not only will these serve as your lifeline when communicating with friends, family and coworkers, you will have to care and maintain these devices to get the most out of them. Proper care and maintenance include a daily wipe off when you remove them, more thorough cleaning as needed depending on the components of your hearing aids, as well as where to store them when not in use to ensure they do not get damaged.

In addition to considering the best style for your needs, you’ll also want to talk to your hearing instrument specialist about the right features to help you get the most out of your devices.

If you need help choosing the right hearing aid style for your needs, get in touch with an expert at My Hearing Center today by calling one of our 5 convenient locations for expert recommendations: