Finding the right hearing aid for your needs is essential to your quality of life when you are experiencing hearing loss. There are many types of hearing aid available and each range in cost depending on the features you need. In today’s society buying used goods is a common occurrence, but when it comes to your hearing aids, these are an investment in your health and should be purchased accordingly.

Used hearing aids may come at a cheaper cost, but they likely won’t provide the sound experience you need from your hearing aid. Hearing loss is unique to each individual, which means your hearing aids need to be fit and programmed to your specific needs. Used hearing aids may not be the right fit for your hearing loss type, your hearing loss needs and the physical fit of your ear.

When purchasing hearing aids, new is always the best option and you have several different styles to choose from, including:

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

This type of hearing aid is in the mid-range size of all custom hearing aids, and the device sits in the outer ear bowl. They are usually sculpted to fit either your full external ear or half of your external ear. You can have an extraction cord fitted to ensure this style is easy to remove.  

ITE styles use a size 13 battery. The typical lifespan of a size 13 battery is between 10-14 days, but this can vary depending on the number of hours each day the hearing aid is worn, the severity of hearing loss and other factors. 

The ITE hearing aids have the following benefits: 

  • Dual microphones improve speech understanding. 
  • Wireless and telecoil options.
  • Increased surface area means they are less likely to whistle due to acoustic leakage 
  • They are less likely to become loose when talking/chewing 
  • Powerful and suitable for profound hearing loss 

ITE hearing aids are also ideal for somebody who has limited dexterity and reduced vision, as they are large and easy to fit/remove. 

It’s important to be aware of the limitations of ITE hearing aids. They may not be as discreet as invisible models, and the telephone receiver needs to be held in a slightly unnatural position over the front of the microphone when speaking on the phone. 

Behind-the-ear (BTE) devices

This is one of the most powerful models out there. This type of hearing aid is small and delicate in size even though they are powerful models. They are visible, but they are still discreet. Different colors are available to match your skin tone to make them as discreet as possible. 

The BTE hearing aid tends to be easy to handle, insert and adjust and is suitable for all levels of hearing loss. 

There are also the following benefits:

  • Can fit many extra features
  • A longer battery life than most models 
  • Mini and more powerful versions available 

There are limitations with the BTE model just like any other model out there. They may not be right for you if you have poor vision or manual dexterity, as they are so delicate. Tubing will also need regular replacement as it can become hard and brittle, which then affects sound quality and transmission. The microphone may also be more susceptible to damage due to dead skin from behind the ear. 

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

ITC hearing aids are custom fitting, and a smaller portion of the hearing aid shows in the outer ear. The ITC hearing aid is suitable for mild to mildly severe hearing loss and is custom made to your specifications. There are a number of colors available to suit your skin tone to make it as discreet as possible. 

ITC hearing aids use a size 312 battery which lasts anywhere between five to seven days, but this can vary depending on how often the hearing aid is worn and how severe the hearing condition.

Further benefits include: 

  • Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss
  • More powerful than they look
  • Ideal for somebody who has limited dexterity and reduced vision

It’s worth noting that the telephone receiver needs to be held in a slightly unnatural position over the front microphone when in use. As with all custom hearing aids, ITC hearing aids may need to be re-shelled from time to time. 

There are many subcategories of hearing aid that you may also wish to explore in order to find the model that is right for you. If you’d like to make sure you select the right hearing aid for your needs, you can learn more about Your Hearing Connection today – call at 626-538-9920 for expert advice!