Hearing aids are medical devices that connect you to the world around you. If your audiologist has recommended hearing aids, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options available. This guide to the most popular styles of hearing aids can help you get started.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
BTE hearing aids work well for people with mild to profound hearing loss. They consist of the main portion of the hearing aid, which sits behind the ear, and an earmold. These two parts are connected via thin tubing.
These hearing aids have lots of room for buttons and manual controls. There are many color options available, and the earmolds can be replaced easily. These are some of the most powerful hearing aids.
Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids
RIC hearing aids are suitable for people with mild to severe hearing loss. They’re similar to BTEs except it is a speaker, or receiver, that is worn in the ear, and it connects to the hearing aid via wiring.
These devices are typically less visible than BTEs and can be fit with a custom mold to provide more volume. There are also many rechargeable models available.
In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
ITEs suit people with mild to severe hearing loss. They fit entirely in the outer portion of the ear, and the components are housed in a hard-plastic casing.
These devices are quite large, meaning they are great for people with dexterity issues. Many ITEs include telecoils, which are great for accessing hearing loops in public places. Some ITEs have rechargeable batteries.
In-the-Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids
ITC hearing aids work well for people with mild to severe hearing loss. They are custom-molded to fit partially in the outer ear and partly in the ear canal. All the components are housed in a lightweight plastic shell.
ITCs are easy to put in but are less visible than ITEs. They use larger batteries than smaller models, which are easier to insert.
Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids
CICs are best for people with mild to moderate hearing aids. They are also custom molded to sit in the ear canal, though they are less visible than ITC hearing aids. The smaller size makes them nearly invisible in many ears. You can’t get today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids at Video Only.
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