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How to Choose the Best Hearing Devices

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Choosing the best hearing devices can have a huge impact on the benefits that you will get from your hearing aid, so it’s absolutely essential that you can locate the perfect device to get the clarity you deserve. There are countless features, styles and factors that need to be taken into consideration when you are choosing the best hearing aid, from ease of use to visibility, but fortunately this informative guide will make the process of finding the right hearing devices as easy as possible. 

Types of Hearing Aids

There are a number of hearing devices available, but it’s fair to say that the three most popular styles of hearing aid are in the ear (ITE), behind the ear (BTE) and in the canal (ITC). If you’d like to learn more about these common hearing aid styles so that you can make the right decision when you are choosing your hearing aid, then simply read on to discover some important considerations that you need to know about these popular options. 

BTE hearing aids are made to be used just outside the external area of your ear, and it’s fair to say that they are probably one of the largest types of hearing aids that you can choose to buy. This size advantage does mean that they boast a variety of different features and settings, so this is something to bear in mind:

Pros:

  • Aid with many levels of hearing loss
  • Simple to change settings 
  • Countless useful features 

Cons:

  • Larger than other hearing aid types
  • Hard to hide, extremely visible when worn
  • Can fall victim to limited battery life

ITE hearing aids are far less visible because they are situated in the outer bowl of your ear instead. ITE devices can probably be considered the most popular choice of hearing aid:

Pros:

  • Largely unseen
  • Many different shapes, styles and colors available, including skin tones.

Cons:

  • Generally, not powerful enough to help those with high level hearing loss.
  • Can experience wind noise in open spaces 

ITC hearing aids have no external parts, as they are placed inside of your ear canal. They are essentially invisible when worn and tend to be used by those who don’t want their hearing aid to be seen by others. 

Pros:

  • Nearly invisible due to inner ear placement 
  • Surprisingly comfortable 
  • Very easy to take in and out 
  • Work particularly well in loud places

Cons:

  • Harder to clean than other types
  • Can increase risk of infection in the ear
  • Can feel a little too invasive for some users

Work Out Your Unique Needs 

Working out your unique needs alongside your expert audiologist will help you get matched up with the most suitable hearing aid device. Ask yourself these questions – do I want my hearing aid to be visible? This will allow you to make a decision between a larger device or a near invisible. It will also help to assess the extent of your hearing loss, as styles like the BTE hearing aid can be better for more severe symptoms thanks to its generally larger components.