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Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids aren’t one-size-fits-all.

Hearing aids can differ based on whether they are digital or analog, worn primarily behind the ear or inside it, or are open-fit or closed-fit. Each of these variations has advantages for some hearing aid wearers, but not others. Learning about the different types of hearing aids available can help you determine which works best for your lifestyle and hearing needs.

Styles of Hearing Aids

The style of a hearing aid refers to where and how it is worn. Understanding the types of hearing aids available before your consultation can give you an idea of the technology that will work best for you. Click on the hearing aids below to learn about each style.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTEs)

Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTEs)

In the Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTEs)

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTEs)

Completely in the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTEs)

Invisible Hearing Aids

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTEs)

Receiver in Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

Which Type of Hearing Aid Do You Need?

The best hearing aid style for you will depend on your hearing loss, concerns about appearance, and other lifestyle concerns. There are pros and cons for each style, though it ultimately comes down to a question of form versus function. For example, in-the-canal (ITC) or completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids may be more discreet, but if you have difficulty manipulating small objects, it might be easier to insert a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid.

Another factor to consider is cost. While hearing aids are generally more affordable now than in years past, a good rule to keep in mind is the more features they have, the more expensive they can get. Be on the lookout for styles which can be lost or damaged easily – if you’re the clumsy type, you might consider selecting a more robust model. 

Connect Hearing Can Help

When it comes down to it, only you will know which hearing aid style is right for you. However, if you’re new to the world of hearing aids, it pays to consult a professional. Working with a trusted Hearing Care Professional at Connect Hearing is key to selecting the hearing aid style for your lifestyle, hearing needs and budget.

Get one-on-one help finding your best fit. Click the “Chat Now” button on the right side of the page to schedule a free hearing consultation.

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