Posted on: 2 July 2015
Buying a hearing aid can be a bit tricky, mostly because there are many different types of hearing aids that all have their own unique set of benefits and challenges. Completely-in-the-canal, behind-the-ear, and in-the-ear aids are just three great options to consider.
One of the biggest concerns that many people have about hearing aids is that people will notice that they are wearing them. While this can be a problem with some of the larger styles of hearing aid, a completely-in-the-canal aid is the most discrete option as the entirety of the hearing aid is located within the ear canal.
Now, while this option is great for people looking for a discrete solution, the small size presents a few issues. For example, the small hearing aid will only be able to use very small batteries, which can be very difficult to change and will typically not last for very long before needing to be changed. In addition, a hearing aid that is located completely in your ear canal will not have any volume controls because there is no easy way to reach and manipulate those controls.
If you are looking for a hearing aid that has a lot of functionality, then you cannot really go wrong with a behind-the-ear aid. This type of hearing aid is the largest typically consists of two pieces. The first piece hangs over the ear while the second is a small mold that fits into your ear canal.
The biggest benefit to this type of hearing aid is that the size allows it to have volume controls, amplification settings, and long battery life. The major drawback to using this type of aid is that it is not going to be very discrete.
Finally, an in-the-ear hearing aid is a great choice if you want to have something that incorporates the best features of both small and large hearing aids. Since this type of aid is fairly small, it will be less visible to people than a behind-the-ear model. However, this aid will also be big enough to use longer-lasting batteries and have volume controls right on the aid that are easy to find and manipulate.
Speak to a doctor today (such as one from Suburban Hearing Services) in order to discuss which hearing aids would work best for your particular situation. Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are ideal for people who are self-conscious about wearing a hearing aid and want a discrete solution while behind-the-ear aids are a great choice if you want more functionality. In addition, in-the-ear aids are a great option that has many of the beneficial features of both the very small and large hearing aids.Share