Hearing Aids
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Hearing aids are devices that amplify sound for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. There are a wide range of options available to choose from, so making an informed decision can be confusing.

If you are new to hearing aids and do not know where to start, let us help point you to a trusted hearing healthcare provider to ask about a hearing aid trial to experience what hearing amplification is like.

Explore Various Types of Hearing Aids

There are several available designs and types of hearing aids to fit the various types of hearing loss.
They vary in size, placement, and sound amplification.

Completely In the Canal

People with mild hearing loss are candidates for a CIC hearing aid.1 They’re an attractive option because they are small and less visible, as they are molded to fit inside the ear canal. CIC hearing aids are the least likely to pick up excess noise like wind, but they do not contain extra features that other types of aids have, such as volume control or a directional microphone due to their small size.

In The Canal

This type of hearing aid is molded and fits partly in the ear canal, specifically the outer ear bowl. The larger size of ITC hearing aids enables them to house batteries for longer battery life, which helps people with wider ranges of hearing loss.2 In addition, this style includes features, such as directional microphones and manual controls for volume, that will not fit on smaller CIC hearing aids.

In The Ear

In-the-ear hearing aids can be tailored into two styles, full shell and half shell, and are a great option for people with moderate to severe hearing loss. Since it's larger in size compared to canal aids, it makes it easier to handle.3 The larger size also enables larger battery and a longer battery life as well as the ability to include volume control features.

Behind The Ear
BTE aids are reportedly best for children and people with more severe hearing loss.3 The hearing aid rests behind your ear and connects to the custom fit earmold with a piece of clear tubing. BTE are the largest option, so Mayo Clinic doctors state that it may be the easiest to handle. In addition, it is capable of more amplification than other styles, which is why it is particularly helpful for children and for those with severe hearing loss.
Behind The Ear - Open FIT

This type of hearing aid is a variation of the BTE hearing aid, but it is smaller, thinner and less visible.4 It enables lower-frequency sounds to enter the ear and higher frequency sounds to be amplified. Due to its smaller, thinner style it doesn’t block the ear canal.5 Sounds entering the ear tend to be heard more naturally and the device fits more comfortably in the ear. Open-fit hearing aids are a great option for those with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss since they don’t amplify low-frequency sounds that an individual is already able to hear; it only amplifies the higher-frequency sounds people are unable to decipher.

Receiver In The Ear

Receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids are very similar to BTE hearing aids.4 The external component of the hearing aid remains behind the ear, however, a tiny wire connects to the speaker as opposed to a tube and the speaker is inside the ear rather than behind it. This feature makes RITE hearing aids less visible than BTE hearing aids. They are best for people with mild to severe hearing losses.

1Evelyn Venn-Davies, Au.D., Ph.D. of the University of Minnesota, 2Mandy Mroz, Au.D., and Susanne Jones, BC-HIS, of Healthy Hearing, 3The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 4The Mayo Clinic, 5Better Hearing of Austin

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