Hearing loss can make a big impact on your life. You may find yourself struggling in social situations or avoiding them altogether. Admitting that your hearing is no longer very good is a big step to take. Having your hearing tested by a hearing professional will confirm your level of hearing loss and determine what needs to be done next.
In most cases, hearing aids are the likely solution There are many different styles of hearing aids available, but one thing you will find they have in common is that your hearing quality will drastically improve along with your daily life.
Now while the thought of large, clunky hearing aids might fill you with dread, be rest assured that today’s hearing aids are discreet – in some cases nearly invisible! – comfortable to wear, and there’s even models that have some impressive features such as Bluetooth connectivity.
Your hearing professional will recommend which style is best for your level of hearing loss and lifestyle, but chances are you will be able to select a pair that you feel the most comfortable wearing. Below is a summary of the different types of hearing aids.
1. In the ear-types
These types of hearing aids are worn inside the ear canal. Most ITE wearers find them easy to use and they like the level of discretion they provide. Because they are well protected within the ear, there is very little if any distortion from wind. It is important to check your ears regularly and clean your devices, as earwax can build up behind them. Several styles fit within this category.
ITE – In the Ear Level of hearing loss: Severe Description: A single mold is custom made to fit within the outer ear of the wearer. Skin tone colors are available for discretion.
ITC – In the Canal Level of hearing loss: Severe Description: These sit within the ear canal for even further discretion. They are available in skin tone colors. Easy to insert and remove from the ear canal.
CIC – Completely in Canal Level of hearing loss: Mild to Moderate Description: These sit completely within the ear canal. They feature a tiny handle that sticks out to assist with insertion and removal.
IIC – Invisible in Canal Level of hearing loss: Mild to Moderate Description: This style is nearly invisible due to their placement further within the ear canal than CICs. They must be removed daily.
2. Behind the ear types
When people think of hearing aids, these are what they often imagine. They do have a few good advantages to consider. They are often budget-friendly, their battery life can be longer than in the ear types, and because they don’t need to be custom made you can take them with you the same day. Two styles fall within this category.
BTE – Behind the ear Level of hearing loss: Moderate to severe Description: A casing containing the hearing technology sits behind the ear. A clear plastic tube carrying sound connects the casing to an earmold that is worn within the ear canal. Volume and other setting are controlled by adjusting buttons on the casing. Available in a range of colors, from skin tones to bold, fashionable colors.
RIC – Receiver in the Canal Level of hearing loss: Mild to severe Description: Best described as a mini version of the BTE. The instrument’s speaker is fitted into the ear tip rather than the main body of the instrument. Easy to fit. Ideal for first-time hearing aid wearers.
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At Trusted Hearing Center, we specialize in providing you with a thorough hearing test followed by our guidance and advice on the hearing aids best suited to your unique circumstances. Don’t put off your hearing test any longer. Book an appointment today by phoning (512)357-8000 to get started on your journey to better hearing.