What are the Styles of Hearing Aids available?

Hearing aids tend to vary in prices, sizes and features and the way they can be equipped in your ear. We have listed a few common styles of hearing aids ranging from the smallest to the most visible in the ear. Nowadays, the designers are reducing the sizes of hearing aids to meet the demand. However, know that these smaller aids aren’t that effective than you can expect.

  1. Behind the ear

A BTE or behind the ear hearing aid is designed in a way that hooks over the ear hearing aids. A tube tends to connect the equipment with a custom earpiece known as earmold that is fit into your ear canal. This kind of hearing aid is ideal for all ages and with almost any kind of hearing loss. A BTS hearing aid is:

  1. Typically the largest hearing aid, but there are many mini designs are streamlined and is barely visible.
  2. Has the ability to be amplified more than other styles of hearing aids
  3. May tune in more wind noise than other styles of hearing aids.
  1. Completely in the canal (CIC)/mini CIC

This hearing aid is designed to fit inside your ear canal. It enhances mild to moderate hearing loss in the patients. A CIC:

  1. The tiniest and least visible type of hearing aid
  2. Less likely to pick up wind noises
  3. Runs on tiny batteries that have shorter life and are hard to manage
  4. Doesn’t entail additional features like volume control or a directional mic
  5. The earwax can clog the speaker.
  1. In the canal

ITC hearing aid is custom molded and partially fits in the ear canal. This hearing aid style can enhance the hearing loss by mild to moderate in adults. This hearing aid:

  1. Is less visible in the ear when compared to the larger sizes
  2. Entails features that will not fit in the CIC aids but harder to adjust because of small size
  3. The earwax can clog the speaker.
  1. In the ear

This hearing aid is made of two styles: one, it fills most of the curved area of the outer ear and the other fills only the lower part. Both are ideal for someone with mild to severe hearing loss. This hearing aid entails:

  1. Easier to handle
  2. Uses a large battery to run
  3. The earwax can clog the speaker
  4. Picks more wind noise than smaller devices
  5. More visible than smaller devices.

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