Styles For Every Person
Hearing aids aren't "one style fits all," and Hearing Your Way understands that what one person wants in a hearing aid may not be the same for another. Choose hearing aids that fit your ears and come in a size and style you're comfortable with.
Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing aids are available in a range of styles, and your choice might hinge simply on cosmetic preference. Here are some of the most popular styles:
- 1. Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids – these have most of the hearing aid parts contained in a small plastic case that sits behind the ear; the case is then linked to an ear mold or an earpiece by a piece of clear tubing. Mini-BTE aids can also be found that are scaled-down. These hearing aids are easy to handle and easy to clean.
- 2. In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids – these have all of the hearing aid parts secured in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear. The ITE aids are smaller than the behind-the-ear aids but bigger than the in-the-canal aids. These hearing aids are easier to manipulate than the smaller in-the-canal aids and less noticeable than the behind-the-ear aids.
- 3. In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids – these hearing aids are contained in very small cases that fit partially or completely in the ear canal, making them practically imperceptible.
- 4. The speaker supplies the enhanced sound to the ear, resulting in louder, clearer sound.
When it comes to choosing a style, keep in mind the tradeoffs among size, ease-of-use, battery life, and performance, and make sure you go over these items with your hearing specialist.
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