Hearing aid guide

choosing the right hearing aid


Many people with hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids but aren't taking advantage of them. Figures from the National Center on Deafness and Other Communication Disabilities show that only 16 percent of those between 20-69 years of age who need hearing aids are currently using them. But they are missing out. Correctly fitted and programmed, hearing aids could make a massive difference to the quality of life for those with hearing loss.

When buying hearing aids, weigh your choices carefully, and consider what you want from them while we can give you useful input on how to make this decision, the selection of which one to choose is ultimately up to you.

The latest hearing aid technology
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Types of hearing aids

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC): This style is ideal for mild to fairly extreme hearing loss. The IIC style fits comfortably deep inside your ear canal. It is the most discreet option available. 
Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC): The CIC is a perfect choice for people with mild to reasonably severe hearing loss who want a device almost invisible to the people you meet. Each form of hearing aid is custom-made for your comfort and is exceptionally discreet.
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid

In-the-canal (ITC)

In-the-canal (ITC): ITC hearing aids are custom-built for your body, and they fit snugly and comfortably. Only the device's front reaches into the ear, while the body stretches into your ear canal. The slightly larger design provides extra power and somewhat longer battery life, making ITC an excellent choice for moderate to moderately severe hearing loss. 
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid

In-the-ear (ITE)

In-the-ear (ITE): ITE is a custom-fit hearing aid in the outer portion of the ear. These user-friendly controls feature designed for smooth operation. ITEs are best for many hearing losses. 
Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid

Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC)

Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC): RICs, suitable for mild to severe hearing loss, is a beautiful combination of form and function. A sleek microphone shell lies discreetly behind your ear, separating from the receiver to prevent feedback. RICs are incredibly lightweight and are open fit, which makes them barely visible when worn. These hearing aids are lightweight, discreet, and fit extremely quickly, making it ideal for many first-time wearers. 
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

Behind-the-ear (BTE): Whether you have severe or moderate hearing loss, BTE hearing aids are a perfect option. The electronic components are enclosed in a casing or housing behind your ear, and you can select from a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. They also boast some of the longest-lasting batteries and the most extensive range of features. 

The latest hearing aid technology

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Bluetooth technology

Many hearing aids can be connected to your smartphone for hands-free phone calls or music streaming. You can also access your TV! These devices also work with apps to allow you to use your phone remotely and even connect to other technologies. Most of these models are RIC style, but different styles are available.
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Rechargeable batteries

A common problem for hearing aid users is changing tiny batteries that keep them going. This can be a problem if you have dexterity issues. Some of the newest hearing aids can be charged it at night as you do your phone, and the next day you get a full day's power. When you put them in your charger before sleeping, in the morning, they'll be fully charged and ready for the day ahead.
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Remote care apps

Many new hearing devices offer the option to get an adjustment without an office visit. You submit a summary of the issue to the provided app, and the hearing specialist sends the device fine-tuned modifications. This is particularly helpful for people who live further away from their hearing professional.

Remember: hearing aids aren’t like glasses


Hearing aids are the most common prescription for sensorineural hearing loss. Correctly fitted hearing aids activate the damaged nerves in the inner ear and fill in the gaps of frequencies felt by most sufferers of hearing loss. Even high-frequency sensorineural hearing disorders that were once considered irreversible can be treated today with hearing aids.