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Which type of hearing aid?

Which type of hearing aid?

01/20/2015 in article

The ideal hearing aid depends on the severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your manual dexterity. Smaller aids are less visible, but you pay a price for vanity. People with more severe hearing loss might get better results with a behind-the-ear model with earmolds or an in-the-ear model. Owners of behind-the-ear, open-fit designs reported the most improved hearing in loud social settings. Prices listed below are for a single aid.

Behind the ear open-fit

BTE Open Fit

Pros: Comfortable, barely visible. No earmold, so less plugged-up feeling. Might not need a telecoil. Cons: Sweat might cause malfunction. Limited manual controls.


Behind the ear with earmold

BTE Earmold

Pros: Most versatile and reliable. Fits widest range of hearing loss. Good for children.

Cons: Most visible. Vulnerable to sweat and wax. Plugged-up feeling from earmold unless vented.


Completely in the canal

Completely in Canal

Pros: Does not need telecoil. Almost invisible.

Cons: Short battery life. Too small for directional microphone. Ear might feel plugged up unless aid is vented. Vulnerable to wax and moisture.


In the canal
in the canal

Pros: Barely visible.

Cons: Same issues as with completely-in-the-canal models, though less severe. If the ear canal is large enough, might have telecoil or directional microphone.


In the ear

in the ear

Pros: More room for features such as telecoil, directional microphone, volume control. Less of a plugged-up feeling.

Cons: More visible. Vulnerable to wax and moisture.


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