Finding out you need hearing aids might feel a little overwhelming, even if you were expecting the diagnosis. There seem to be endless options when it comes to hearing aids. How are you supposed to know what’s right for you?
Lucky for you, when you have a hearing evaluation at Associates in Hearing, we are able to figure out what kind of devices would work best for your type of hearing loss. We can narrow your options if you come to see us first.
Once you’ve been evaluated and shared with us the kind of lifestyle you have, it’s much easier to make a decision! Here are some different types of hearing aids and how they might work for you:
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
These devices are just as they’re described: fitting within your ear canal, they are the smallest and least visible types of hearing aids available. They use very small batteries and have much smaller parts, which could be difficult for some people to handle. Because they fit within your ear, they don’t pick up wind noise, but they can become clogged with earwax.
In the Canal (ITC)
Like the completely-in-the-canal devices, these hearing aids also fit within your ear canal but are still partially visible. They are susceptible to the same types of issues as the CIC devices, like earwax buildup, small parts, and small batteries that may need to be replaced often, but they do well to treat mild to moderate hearing loss. Because they’re a little bit larger, they can have more features than CIC devices.
In the Ear (ITE)
These hearing aids are specially molded to fit your ear, depending on where and how they fit on the bowl-shaped part of your ear. These devices will have more features than ITC and CIC devices, like access to volume control right on the device. They will be easier to handle than the smaller devices available, making it easier for you to change batteries and make sure they’re working properly. They do have larger batteries, meaning a longer battery life, and they are more visible when you wear them.
Behind the Ear (BTE)
These devices hook over and behind your ear with a tube connecting the inner, custom earpiece. Although these are traditionally the largest type of hearing aid, there are newer models available that are much more streamlined. These devices are the best at amplifying sounds compared to other styles.
Receiver in Canal (RIC)
Similar to the BTE style, these devices fit virtually the same. However, instead of a tube that connects the speaker to the receiver, there’s a tiny wire that connects the two. These devices are less visible than the BTE style, giving you even more confidence.
An open fit hearing aid is similar to the behind-the-ear devices, only the ear canal is left very open, giving you a much more natural hearing experience. You’re able to hear your own voice without it being muffled by an earpiece within the canal. These devices can have small parts, so they might not be the easiest to handle.
Clearly, they are many options when it comes to choosing your hearing aids. We know it can be overwhelming, but that’s why we’re available to help you make the best decision for your lifestyle. Let’s get you fit with the hearing aids that will work best for you. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you discover the devices that will treat your hearing loss without sacrificing your comfort.