What is the Best Style of Hearing Aids?
If a hearing health professional recommends that you wear a hearing aid to address your hearing loss, then it’s important to consider which models may be most suitable for you.
Of course, this will entirely depend on exactly what your needs are, so the best style of hearing aids is highly dependent on your diagnosis and what may be required to treat it. However, it’s also worth being the most informed you can when wearing a hearing aid for the first time, just so you understand both what model you have and how to use or take care of it.
What types of hearing aids are there?
The three most popular styles of hearing aid are:
ITE (in the ear) hearing aids are a type of custom-fit hearing aid that fits within the outer portion of the year. They have larger batteries that provide longer battery life compared to other models, and can be made in a full or half shell. They’re often designed in a skin-tone color so that they’re subtle, if still noticeable.
BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids are traditionally considered to be the most powerful hearing out, resting on the back of the ear. This is generally what the non-initiated picture when they think of hearing aids. The components and loudspeaker are located in the behind-the-ear housing, and are often suitable for all levels of hearing loss.
ITC (in the canal) hearing aids are custom hearing aids that are less visible than larger custom styles. They have smaller batteries and so limited battery life, but they are subtle, easy to wear, and comfortable. Their placement typically cuts back on unnecessary feedback, which is why they’re a popular option.
What features should you look for?
The foremost priority we should look for when selecting worthwhile hearing aids is making sure they are the best fit for our hearing needs. Features and added luxuries can come after that. However, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone app integration, ear wax filters, directional microphones and more can be found if you wish for that, and if your particular style affords it. Not all hearing aids offer all features for design and style reasons, and so it’s best to look around.
What should I know when getting my first hearing aid?
Make sure you regularly clean the device, keeping it away from wet environments. It can feel like an extra chore when you first start using a hearing aid, but integrate its maintenance into part of your daily schedule and it will become second nature.
Furthermore, it’s good to replace your hearing aid once every five years or so, but some people replace them more frequently depending on the progression of hearing loss or if they wish for a new model to fit alongside new prescription glasses they may have purchased.