There are many options available when you first start looking for hearing aids. This guide will explain the basic styles you can choose from. Depending on your level of hearing loss, there may be some that will work better than others.
Partnering with an audiologist is the best way to help you choose which one you’ll benefit from most. Once we get to know you and your hearing lifestyle, we can match you with the best technology for that.
Things to Consider
- How visible do you want your hearing aids to be?
- Will you be engaging in physical activity?
- Do you want replaceable batteries or rechargeable?
- Is your hearing loss mild, medium, severe, or profound?
- Level of dexterity to handle small items
Types of Hearing Aids
Knowing what’s available will help you determine your most comfortable option. The technology can be adjusted but how your ear interacts with the hearing aid is crucial so you can leave them in for extended periods.
The invisible hearing aid is for those seeking complete discretion and the latest in technology. It’s a custom device made via an image of the patient’s ear. It’s very small and hard to see once placed.
This is an excellent option for someone who can handle small batteries and parts. It’s typically best for mild to moderate hearing losses and is controlled via an external source. Adjustments are all made through an app or by your audiologist.
Entirely in the Ear Canal
It fits entirely within your ear and is only accessible via a small handle used to insert and remove, similar to the completely invisible option. This one sits a little shallower and is slightly more visible.
Due to its size, adjustments still need to be made remotely as it’s so tiny there is no room for buttons or dials. It’s somewhat visible in the ear but is easier to handle physically and has rechargeable options. This is great for someone who doesn’t want something around their ear to interfere with glasses or a mask.
In the Ear Canal
This style is custom molded to fit your ear perfectly. The fit is essential as this type of hearing aid still fits in your ear canal. Having the right fit will be the difference between a good and a great experience.
This style may require a little getting used to as it requires a steady hand to insert and remove due to its precision. However, it’s easier to handle for someone with dexterity or vision issues. It suits a wide range of people from mild to severe hearing loss.
Receiver in the Ear
This is a hybrid version of the behind-the-ear style of hearing aid.
Half of this hearing aid is fitted just inside your ear. The other half sits within your ear canal and is connected via a small plastic tube to the circuitry.
This hearing aid will solve many hearing issues, but it is not as strong as the behind-the-ear style.
Behind the Ear
This is the style of hearing aid that most people think about when mentioning hearing aids. They can be large, and the majority of circuitry is located outside/behind the ear.
Although this is the largest type of hearing aid, it’s for good reason. By fitting your hearing aid behind your ear, there is more room for advanced technology. This will be the best fit for people with severe hearing loss as it provides many settings and custom features to address specific hearing problems.
How Do I Choose the Best One for Me?
The first step to narrowing your search is to have a complete, comprehensive audiological evaluation by your local audiologist. Knowing how you hear and if you have any current issues will immediately help us recommend which device is best for you.
A lot goes into choosing the correct hearing aid. It involves your hearing loss severity, the type of hearing loss, your communication needs, and your physical ability to manage the devices (dexterity issues), among many other options.
If you have any questions regarding hearing aids for you or a loved one, then please contact us right away. If you’re ready to get started on finding the best hearing aids for you, schedule an appointment here to take the first step in recovering your hearing.