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How To Choose The Hearing Aid Style That’s Right For You

15 January 2021

So you’re in the market for a new hearing aid. Selecting one can be an intimidating task. Let’s take a look at how to choose the right hearing aid for you!

Step 1. Understand How Hearing Aids Work

All hearing aids use the same basic components to do one job: carry sound from your outer environment to your brain. They use tiny microphones with a small computer chip that amplifies the sound, making it easier for you to hear.

Step 2. Understand Different Styles

While all hearing aids have the same basic function, fitment will vary across different styles. It’s important to know the differences to ensure you’re able to choose the right hearing aid for you. Let’s take a look at some different styles.

(A) Completely in the canal (CIC) 

  • Smallest 
  • Unlikely to pick up wind noise
  • Smaller batteries and therefore shorter battery life
  • Usually has fewer features

(B) In the canal (ITC)

  • Still less visible than larger hearing aids 
  • Has featured you won’t find on CIC hearing aids
  • May be difficult to adjust

(C) In The Ear (ITE)

  • Plentiful features that won’t be found on smaller hearing aids like sound adjustment and directional microphones.
  • Easier to handle 
  • Larger battery mens longer battery life
  • Could pick up more wind noise due to size
  • More visible

(D) Behind the ear

  • Traditionally larger in size
  • Directional microphones
  • More amplification capabilities 
  • The rechargeable battery is common 

Step 3. Consider The Features

Now that you understand the different styles of healing aids, consider the features that are most important to you. Features like noise reduction, directional microphones, rechargeable batteries, and direct audio input won’t be available in every style of hearing aid. Make sure you have a happy balance of comfort and featured when selecting the hearing aid that’s right for you. 

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