Having a hearing aid fitted requires that you are aware of a number of important issues all at once. If you are curious about anything to do with choosing a hearing aid, you should of course always ask your hearing instrument specialist, who will be able to help you work out which is best for you. One of the main things they can help you with is figuring out what hearing aid style is best and that is something that we are going to look at in this article right now. Here are the main types of hearing aid that you might need to consider.
Your Level of Hearing
One of the main things that affects which hearing aid style you use is your level of hearing. If you have a lot of hearing loss, you are going to need a more powerful hearing aid type, which will often mean that it is less discrete – although that is not always the case. On the other hand, having only minimal hearing loss could mean you only need to have a smaller, more discreet hearing aid.
The Shape and Size of Your Ear
You’ll also need to get a hearing aid that fits your ear right – which means that the natural shape and size of your ear is something that is going to make a difference here too and also needs to be considered along with the degree of hearing loss that you are experiencing. Larger ears need one kind of hearing aid and smaller ears require another, so this is something that you will need to think about with your HIS.
Your lifestyle – and the kinds of activities you tend to engage in – will affect what kind of style of hearing aid is best for you personally and individually. Someone who is very active, and perhaps swimming a lot, is going to need a different style of hearing aid from someone who is not that active.
The Types of Hearing Aid
So, we have seen what might affect the style of hearing aid you need but what are those types? Let’s take a look:
There are three major and most common types of hearing aid that you might be choosing from when you get one fitted: in the ear (ITE), behind the ear (BTE) and in the canal (ITC). An ITE is one that sits in the outer bowl and is one of the larger shell-like options that you might have seen. It is generally more powerful too, so it is a good option for advanced hearing loss. BTE goes behind the ear and is more of a traditional hearing aid style, while in-the-canal hearing aids are the smallest and most discreet, and a good option if your hearing loss is not that advanced. As you can see, there are many types and styles of hearing aid. What really matters is that you seek out the help of an HIS – they will be able to help you work out which one is best for you, based on your personal lifestyle and hearing loss, and properly fit your devices too.
Contact Hearing Science today
If you’d like to learn more about our available hearing aid products, or for tips on choosing the right style for your needs, give Hearing Science a call today at (818) 698-8056.