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2 Common Hearing Aid Styles

two different types of premium hearing aids on display

If you require a hearing aid, there are a lot of different factors that you will need to consider. Educating yourself about the different hearing aids that are available can help to ensure that you end up with the right one for you. With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to talk about the different types of hearing aid styles that are available. 

Firstly, let’s take a look at the reasons why you should consider investing in a hearing aid device. A hearing aid can assist you in terms of enjoying television and music at a volume that is comfortable for everyone around you. You will also feel more confident when speaking with people, and you will find it a lot easier to follow conversations while in different environments. Hearing aids will also enhance your ability to hear speech, as well as everyday sounds, for example, your telephone and the doorbell. It is clear to see that you can greatly improve your life with a hearing device. 

When you are trying to figure out the right hearing aid style, you may want the sort of style that is discreet and popular. However, this is not the only consideration that needs to be made. Audiologists must also think about the listening environments the person is going to be in, earwax buildup, physical ear anatomy, the ability to manipulate small parts and the severity of the hearing loss. These are all of the factors that need to be taken into account when it comes to selecting the right hearing aid device. So, let’s look at the different styles below.

In the ear (ITE)

One popular style of hearing aid is the ITE device. This device is made to fit in the outer portion of your ear bowl, in either a full or half-shell variety. These devices are very powerful and are suitable for people with mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss. Because of their size, they are also suitable for people with vision issues and limited dexterity. Their size makes them easy to handle when cleaning or changing batteries. They are mid-range in terms of sizing when compared to other hearing aid models, which means they are able to be equipped with a host of powerful features that can really tailor your personal listening experience. 

In the canal (ITC)

Next, we have ITC hearing devices, which are designed and sculptured so that they fit the lower third of your external ear. There are a number of benefits associated with these hearing devices. This includes the fact that they have an increased surface area, which means they are less likely to work loose while chewing and talking and have feedback due to acoustic leakage. They are ideal for someone with reduced vision and limited dexterity. They are also a lot more powerful than their size indicates and they are especially suitable for people with mild to profound hearing troubles. 

A completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid device is a type of ITC device that is very popular. These devices, as the name suggests, fit fully into the ear canal. They work effectively for hearing loss that is described as mild to moderate. They also work well while on the telephone, as well as lowering wind noise and being cosmetically appealing. Nevertheless, they often do not have certain features that people are looking for directional microphones or volume control. They are also sensitive to wax and use small batteries.  

Behind the ear (BTE)

Next, we have BTE hearing aids. These fit behind your ear, using an earmold and tube to direct the sound into your ear canal. These devices are bigger and they pick up a greater amount of wind noise, yet they can fit all degrees of hearing loss, including profound and severe. BTE hearing devices are ideal for wearers with dexterity problems and earwax issues. You can also get different earmolds and ear domes fitted, which means they are suitable for a number of different types of hearing loss.  

As you can see, there are a lot of different options available to you if you are searching for a hearing device. We hope that this has helped you to understand them better. For more information and assistance call Stanwood Hearing today at 360-502-4644. We will be more than happy to provide more details on the different types of hearing aids and to provide our expert advice on the best option for you.