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HEARING AID TYPES

WHICH TYPE IS
RIGHT FOR YOU?

There are two main types of hearing aids: those that fit behind the ear and those that fit right in the ear canal. What’s the best hearing aid for you is dictated by your hearing loss, lifestyle and preferences.

BEHIND
THE EAR

  1. A bit larger than in-the-ear styles but some are extremely small and the thin tube is almost invisible.
  2. Can fit a larger battery for longer life, and larger amplifiers for more severe hearing losses.
  3. Can often be fitted the same day as your hearing assessment.
  4. Some do not occlude (or fill up) the ear canal so sounds are more natural, particularly your own voice.
  5. Can be a good choice if you have dexterity concerns.

BEHIND
THE EAR

  1. A bit larger than in-the-ear styles but some are extremely small and the thin tube is almost invisible.
  2. Can fit a larger battery for longer life, and larger amplifiers for more severe hearing losses.
  3. Can often be fitted the same day as your hearing assessment.
  4. Some do not occlude (or fill up) the ear canal so sounds are more natural, particularly your own voice.
  5. Can be a good choice if you have dexterity concerns.

INSIDE
THE EAR

  • Visible in the ear.
  • Small sizes can make these a fairly discreet choice.
  • Customized to fit inside your ear canal requires a return visit.
  • Small size could be an issue if you have dexterity challenges.
  • The further into the canal these are fitted the more occlusion (blocked ear feeling) you may experience.
  • Need to be cleaned of wax regularly.

STYLES OF
HEARING AIDS

The style of a hearing aid refers to where and how it is worn. Understanding the types of hearing aids available before your consultation can give you an idea of the technology that will work best for you. Click on the hearing aids below to learn about each style.

Which Type of

Hearing Aid Do

You Need?

The best hearing aid style for you will depend on your hearing loss, concerns about appearance, and other lifestyle concerns. There are pros and cons for each style, though it ultimately comes down to a question of form versus function. For example, in-the-canal (ITC) or completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids may be more discreet, but if you have difficulty manipulating small objects, it might be easier to insert a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid.

Another factor to consider is cost. While hearing aids are generally more affordable now than in years past, a good rule to keep in mind is the more features they have, the more expensive they can get. Be on the lookout for styles which can be lost or damaged easily – if you’re the clumsy type, you might consider selecting a more robust model.

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