Hearing aids are now available in a diverse range of sizes and colours.
Hearing loss is as individual as you are – no two people have exactly the same hearing loss. That’s why there are so many different styles and models available. These are some of the more popular hearing aids on the market –
How do I choose the best hearing aid for my hearing loss?
There are a number of factors that should be considered when deciding on a hearing aid. These include:
- The extent of the hearing loss
- Dexterity of the user
There are three main categories of hearing aids
- Custom in-the-ear models (ITE)
- Behind-the-ear (BTE)
- Receiver in the ear (RITE)
Custom in-the-ear models
As the name suggests custom in-the-ear models are custom-made to fit your ear canal. They can be:
- Full shell
- Half shell
- Mini canal
- Completely in the canal (CIC)
The extent of your hearing loss and the size and shape of your ear canal will determine the right custom hearing aid for you. Custom in-the-ear hearing aids are very discreet and are more or less invisible. T
Suitable for: mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids (BTE)
The case of the hearing aid fits in behind the ear and is largely hidden by the ear. A molded receiver is connected to the case and it fits snugly into the outer ear canal.
House of Hearing will help you to decide whether to choose a fully automatic hearing aid – one that requires no manual adjustments – or a hearing aid that offers you full control. An adjustable hearing aid will allow you to adjust the volume setting and/or press a button to choose a setting that is best for specific circumstances and situations.
Suitable for: all types of hearing loss
Receiver-in-Canal or Receiver-in-the-Ear Hearing Aids (RIC or RIE)
RIC hearing aids combine the benefits of the behind-the-ear (BTE) and custom in-the-ear (ITE) models. The microphone is placed in the the outer ear and is connected to the case (main body) of the hearing aid by a thin transparent tube. The end result is an almost invisible hearing aid that offers the comfort of an open-fitting hearing aid while suppressing maximum wind noise.
Suitable for: mild to severe hearing loss