Understanding 3 Top Hearing Aid Styles

a display of different hearing aid styles

If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, then you might now be searching for the right type of hearing aid to suit your needs. To be able to do this effectively, you need to understand the three top hearing aid styles on the market right now, and use this information to come to a decision, as well as using other factors. Keep reading to find out more about the three top hearing aid styles. 

Behind the ear (BTE)

The first style that we are going to look at is behind the ear. This style has a microphone that sits behind your ear on the outside, and a small, clear tube that is placed inside your ear to relay the sound. These are popular because they are easy to handle, making putting them in and taking them out easy and hassle free. If you have hearing loss, you don’t want to be fiddling about every single morning trying to put your hearing aids in, you just want to be able to put them on and be able to go, which is what this style allows you to do. 

As well as this, you will also find that the larger size allows for more features to be added to the device. This could be beneficial as you end up with more capabilities than some of the other styles on the market, all because you have a slightly larger device.

In the ear (ITE)

The next style that we are going to look at is in the ear style. This one is smaller than the behind the ear style and works in a slightly different way. These need to be custom made by your audiologist using a mold so that it fits perfectly into your ear. One of the biggest benefits of this style though is the fact that it is far superior to other styles when it comes to picking up high-frequency sounds. As such, if this is something that you require, this could be the style for you.

If you are looking for a device that is almost invisible, then in the ear hearing aids could be a good choice. They blend in with your ear and make it seem like they are hardly there at all.

In the canal (ITC)

Finally, there are in the canal hearing aids. These are slightly larger than in the ear style, but that comes with its own benefit. The increased surface area means that the device will be less likely to pick up feedback, making for an overall more pleasant experience. What this means is that there is less chance of it coming loose while you are doing something like eating or talking. It also makes the device more comfortable, and after a while you won’t even feel it. 

In the canal hearing aids are also custom made by your audiologist to ensure maximum levels of comfort. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now understand the top three hearing aid styles.