Hearing loss varies from person to person, which is why there isn’t one specific hearing aid that’s best for everyone. Different needs and lifestyles are taken into account before determining what type of hearing aids will compensate for your level of hearing loss. Our hearing care professionals can help you find the right one that matches your unique and specific needs. Here’s how we’ll choose a correct hearing aid for you.
Type of Hearing Aid
All the major manufacturers offer high-quality options at different price points. Our experts will perform comprehensive hearing tests to determine the type of hearing loss you have. This will give us more indication regarding the type of hearing aid that will be best for you and how to program it to suit your needs. Here are the most common types available:
CIC – Completely Inside The Canal
This type of hearing aid fits right inside your ear canal. It’s the smallest and least visible option. However, it often doesn’t contain extra features and has smaller batteries that offer a shorter battery life. They are incredibly convenient because of their size, but they’re not as powerful as other models, so these are often recommended for mild to moderate hearing loss patients.
ITC – In The Canal
ITC hearing aids are custom moulded to fit partly in your ear canal. These are popular because they are more discreet than ITE models, and they can include features that CIC styles can’t fit. However, people with smaller ear canals may have some trouble finding a good fit. This style is often fitted for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
ITE – In The Ear
In The Ear hearing aids come in either a full shell shape that fits into the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear or a half shell that fits only into the lower part. They typically have a shell that contains all the electronic parts. These often have more power because they are bigger and can fit features that smaller hearing aids can’t. The batteries are also larger, which can extend the usage. They provide more power and can be helpful for people with severe hearing loss.
BTE – Behind The Ear
The largest type of hearing aid is the BTE model. The main body of the hearing aid rests behind the ear, which has a tube that connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece that fits in the ear canal. Sound is then funnelled through the tube and to the ear canal. This type can assist with almost every type of hearing loss, including severe loss. Setbacks of this style include the size, visibility, and these can often pick up more wind and background noise than other models.
RIC – Receiver In Canal
Similar to BTE models, this style has a speaker in the canal and a tiny wire that connects to a piece that rests on the outside of the ear. The only difference is that it uses wire that connects to the “receiver” and it’s less visible than BTE options. They often come with several features but may not be appropriate for people with severe hearing loss.
Size of Hearing Aid
As demonstrated above, hearing aids come in many different sizes. Some are very small and are completely hidden, but these may not give you the power you need. When choosing a hearing aid, you’ll need one that fits snug and comfortably inside or outside of your ear. It shouldn’t move around or fall out at any time.
We’ll also consider any optional features that could improve your hearing ability in particular situations, such as outdoors or in busy environments. This could include noise reduction features, directional microphones to improve your hearing in situations with a lot of background noise, rechargeable batteries, remote controls, programming capabilities, noise cancellation features, wireless connectivity, and even synchronization to program two hearing aids together for better control.
We’ll always work within your budget. There are many hearing aid manufacturers and price points so you won’t have to worry about finding a quality hearing aid for your budget.
Our hearing specialist will also discuss your lifestyle to determine which hearing aid will be right for you. The type of activities you participate in, if you’ve worn hearing aids before, what new technology is now available that would benefit you are just some of the topics we’ll cover.
It can take a while to get used to your device. Often a trial period will allow you to test one brand out to ensure that it’s the right one for you. At eHearing.com you can try one of the hearing aids for 90 days with no upfront payment!
Choosing hearing aids can be challenging, but we’re here to help you determine the style of hearing aid that will fit your lifestyle and budget best. At eHearing.com, we’re your one-stop shop for hearing instruments. We have a certified hearing specialist on-site who can test your hearing and provide you with a wide hearing aid selection. Plus, we’ll provide you with the best price guarantee. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to set up a free hearing test.