If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss by your audiologist, you will be asked to consider a hearing aid. There are various types of hearing aid available, and it might be that you choose one type over another.
Your audiologist will discuss your options with you, but below, we take a look at three types of hearing aid that will be presented to you.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
BTE hearing aids are hearing aids that are nestled behind the outer ear, with a small tube rooted from the casing into the ear canal. This type of hearing aid is often recommended to those people with severe to profound hearing loss.
BTE hearing aids are comfortable to wear and are preferred by those who don’t want a hearing aid that sits deep within the ear. They are easy to handle and clean, making them the perfect choice for people who might struggle with manual dexterity.
Some people dismiss BTE hearing aids because of the larger size. They equate the larger size to more visibility, which can be an issue for those concerned about their appearance. However, technology has advanced, so visibility is rarely an issue with BTE hearing aids today.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids
ITE hearing aids are located discreetly inside the outer bowl and are perfect for those with moderate hearing loss. As with BTE hearing aids, they are worth considering for those with poor dexterity as they are easy to handle.
People choose ITE hearing aids because they are easy to camouflage. They are not completely invisible, but they don’t contain the external components that sit behind the ear. For this reason, some also consider ITE hearing aids to be more durable than BTE hearing aids. This isn’t to say damage can’t occur, but as there aren’t as many pieces to remove and clean, there is a reduced chance of breakage.
Another advantage of ITE hearing aids is comfort. They are custom-made to fit inside the outer ear, which is of interest to those people who don’t want to get distracted by their hearing aid during their daily living.
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids
ITC hearing aids work well with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. They rest comfortably within the ear canal, and like ITE hearing aids, are custom-made for the user. Because they are tucked away within the ear, they are also great for people who are worried about visibility.
Due to their small size, ITC hearing aids can be difficult to handle and maintain for those with dexterity issues. However, help is available from an audiologist, so this can be less of a problem after guidance.
Which hearing aid is right for your needs?
We have barely scratched the surface here as we don’t know your particular needs. However, your audiologist will discuss these with you. Finding the right hearing aid is important, so don’t rush your decision. Let the audiologist know what matters to you and they will help you choose something that suits you and your lifestyle.
For more information on hearing aids, give Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services a call at (253) 999-9649!