With recent health technology developments, there are many hearing aids in different shapes, sizes and models made available to the more audible-challenged consumers. Hearing aids are personal so the best hearing aid for one person, may not be the one for the other person.
Growing up deaf in one ear, I despise the fact that I need to wear a hearing aid to hear better. They were big and uncomfortable. These days, however, there are small almost invisible hearing aids in the market but they are not as powerful, more expensive and have shorter battery life than the older, larger, more visible models.
Here’s a summary of the most common types of hearing aids out there:
Behind The Ear (BTE)
This type of hearing aid has been known to be the best hearing aid because of its versatility, durability and ability to accommodate all types of hearing loss. BTE hearing aids rest behind the ear, picking up sound, amplifies it and carries it to an ear mold that is custom fitted inside your ear canal. Although there are the most largest and visible, new versions of BTE hearing aids are smaller, streamlined and barely visible. Doctors usually recommends parents to get their child fitted for this type of hearing aid as they are the most comfortable. The only cons about this model is that it is vulnerable to sweat and wax.
In The Ear (Full-shell)
People with moderate hearing loss usually use this type of hearing aid, where the aid itself is placed inside the ear of the wearer. The battery life of a full-shell hearing aid lasts longer and are easier to handle. The hearing aid also comes with other features such as volume control, directional microphone and telecoil. You would experience some discomfort with the full-shell hearing aid but it is bearable. Although they are easier to insert into the ear in general, they may not be the best hearing aid for people with smaller ears.
Completely In The Canal (CIC)
CIC hearing aids are meant for people who wants to improve their mild to moderate hearing loss. It is fitted inside your ear canal and are extremely small, making it invisible to other people. And because it is inside the ear, it is less likely to pick up any wind sound. However, vanity has its price. CIC uses smaller batteries, which means that you need to replace them more often. It also doesn’t have any other extra features, such as volume control or directional microphones.
In The Canal (ITC)
The ITC hearing aid works just like the previously mentioned CIC hearing aid. The only difference is that it’s larger in size and only fits partly in the ear canal. It also inherits the same limitations as the CIC hearing aid but these limitations are less severe. Unlike the CIC hearing aid, the ITC hearing aids to have extra features that most best hearing aids have. The controls may be a little bit harder to adjust than a bigger model because of its size.
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