Shopping for hearing aids can be overwhelming. Depending on your degree of hearing loss, it can be easy to find yourself lost amidst the number of hearing aids available today! Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to search for hearing aids and compare prices, thanks to the internet.
Let’s have a look at two of the most common types of hearing aids:
Behind the Ear (BTE)
BTE hearing aids are one of the most common forms of hearing aid available. Â They sit behind the ear and are held in place by different methods. The most common form of BTE use is a band that runs across the top of the head and wraps over behind the wearer’s ear.
Battery placement is also an essential aspect of BTEs. Some BTEs sit on top of the ear, and others sit behind the ear. BTEs are larger than in-the-ear hearing aids and are usually more expensive.
In the Ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids are one of the newest hearing aid types available on the market today. They are almost entirely invisible, except for a cord that connects the hearing aid to the ear. The cord is completely out of sight and is only visible when the wearer’s hair is pulled back. ITE hearing aids are great for people who are uncomfortable with larger hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Styles
There are many styles of hearing aids available today. Some are more popular than others, while others are more suited to particular types of hearing loss.
Hearing aid styles can vary greatly, depending on the type of hearing loss and the wearer’s preference. These styles can make all the difference in hearing aid performance!
Here are some of the most common hearing aid styles:
In the Ear
Invisible in the Canal (IIC)
This style is popular among those with mild to moderate hearing loss. The IIC hearing aid looks like a little jewel and fits right inside the ear canal. The part that allows the wearer to control the volume is typically located near the wearer’s cheek.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
This hearing aid style is excellent for mild to moderate hearing loss. This style also sits inside the ear canal but is larger than the IIC.
The CIC style is not as discrete as the IIC, but it still sits entirely inside the ear. It’s a good style for hearing loss that varies in different environments, like at home and work.
In the Canal (ITC)
This style is for mild to moderate hearing loss. The in-the-canal style is very popular among those with mild hearing loss. The ITC is similar to the CIC style—it sits entirely inside the ear canal and is very discrete.
This style is perfect for hearing loss, mainly in the high-frequency range. The low-profile hearing aid sits on top of the ear and is completely out of sight. They are a great first hearing aid for those with mild hearing loss.
Behind the Ear
Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
This hearing aid style is also known as an RIE or Receiver in the Ear. It sits behind the ear but is slightly larger than the BTE. This hearing aid style is typically recommended for those with hearing loss in the high-frequency range. They are great for those who have trouble with feedback.
Hearing aid technology has changed quite a bit in the last 50 years—there are more options available than ever before, and it’s never been easier to shop for hearing aids. Remember, hearing aids are a very personal device, and what is suitable for one person may not work for another. Do your research and try a few different styles to see what works best for you, and ask a hearing specialist near me for recommendations!
If you need help choosing the appropriate hearing aids for you, our hearing specialists at Hear More Associates can help! With multiple styles, multiple technology levels, and multiple price points, we work with you to understand your unique circumstances, lifestyle, budget, and what you want from your hearing aids. Schedule an appointment today!