Selecting the hearing aid that will work best for you depends two main things: (1) The kind and severity of your hearing loss, and (2) Your lifestyle choices. Are you socially and/or professionally active? Or do you live a more leisure lifestyle with only occasional visits to restaurants or social functions with friends? Do you want a hearing aid that offers many extra features that are important to you? Or do you want a hearing device that simply improves your hearing without all the bells and whistles? Talking about your lifestyle needs with a hearing care professional at Rincalina Hearing Center will help you choose the hearing device that best fits your level of hearing loss and your lifestyle.
Some characteristics of the different style hearing devices that might help you decide which style might work best for you include:
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE) – largest and most visible of all the hearing device styles; capable of more amplification.
- In-the-Ear (ITE) – more visible; may pick up some wind noise; includes volume control; generally easier to insert into the ear; larger size makes it easier to handle; uses larger batteries which means longer battery life.
- In-the-Canal (ITC) – less visible in the ear; easy to use with a telephone; may not fit well in smaller ears.
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) – most hidden of all the hearing devices; more ear protection which protect it from wind noises; easy to use with a telephone; smaller battery usage means shorter battery life; missing some features such as volume control or directional microphones.