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Choosing a Style of Hearing Aid

There are various styles to choose from

Behind The Ear

Behind The Ear hearing aids (BTEs) generally produce clearer amplification of speech sounds than In The Ear hearing aids (ITEs) and are more reliable. Waterproof BTEs are now available for people in dirty, dusty and wet environments or who perspire when wearing hearing aids.

BTE Open Fitting

It is sometimes possible to leave the ear canal open with a BTE hearing aid. An open fitting prevents echoes in your own voice and avoids plugging the ears. Open venting is beneficial for clients normal low pitch hearing.

Reciever In The Canal BTE

Small, light and discreet Reciever in the canal BTE aids offer the advantage of being almost invisible. The Reciever is positioned directly in the ear canal and connected to the hearing system via a small tube.

In The Ear

In The Ear hearing aids (ITE) are limited in power and by feedback (whistling) because the microphone and speakers are close together. ITE’s are generally less effective for severe and profound degrees of hearing loss. Hearing aids fitted in the ear are more prone to damage from moisture and wax.

Completely in the Canal & Invisible in the Canal

These tiny aids known as CICs and IICs are able to disappear down the ear canal for people with suitably shaped ears and wax free canals. Like larger In the Ear hearing aids, they are limited in power and by feedback and are generally less effective for severe and profound degrees of hearing loss. Hearing aids fitted in the canal are more prone to damage from moisture and wax.  These styles can be hard to manage for people with vision and dexterity issues, but for the right client they can offer a very cosmetically appealing solution that offers great benefit.

Many styles and models are available with options from simple to use to fully automatic aids for those that are “techno savvy” which can be paired to phones, TVs and other devices and used as wireless headphones.

Depending on hairstyle and the type of earmould, a BTE hearing aid can be less visible than an ITE hearing aid. Can you see the hearing aids in the ear pictures on this page?

Please feel free to discuss these issues with your audiologist, who can consider your type of hearing loss as well as your communication needs before you make a final decision. Aids need to be carefully selected to meet your needs and budget; however, all our devices are fitted with a 30 day trial and can be returned if you are not satisfied.

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