Generally speaking, hearing aids differ by their design, the used amplification circuit, as well as by other special features. Additionally, some hearing aids also have earpieces that can direct the flow of sound directly into the ear and enhance the sound quality. The selection of hearing aids is large and is based on your hearing loss severity, listening needs, and lifestyle.
Types Of Hearing Aids
- Behind-The-Ear Aids (BTE) – In this type of hearing device, almost all parts are contained in a small plastic case placed behind the ear. This case is attached to an earmold through a clear tube. Usually, BTE hearing aids are chosen for young children as they can accommodate different types of earmold. They are sturdy, handy and extremely easy to clean.
- "Mini" BTE Aids (On The Ear) – This new type of BTE hearing device can also fit behind the ear, but is significantly smaller than the BTE. The aid is connected to the ear canal through a very thin tube used to connect the aid and the ear canal. Mini BTE hearing aids are extremely comfortable and appropriate for everyone experiencing hearing loss problems.
- In-The-Ear Aids (ITE) – Instead in a tube, all parts of the hearing aid are contained in a small shell. The ITE hearing aids are larger than the ITC and CIC hearing aids, and because of that can be easier to handle for some people.
- In-The-Canal (ITC) Aid & Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) Aids – All parts of these hearing aids are contained in tiny cases that fit partly or completely in the ear canal. ITC and CIC are the smallest hearing aids available on the market and they offer cosmetic and some listening advantages. However, they are not suitable for some people because of their size.
As you can see, hearing aids are highly sophisticated electronic communication devices that will help you hear the sounds you are missing out. Before choosing a hearing aid, you need to consult with a professional audiologist purchase one according to a prescription to match your hearing needs.