Living with hearing loss can be a challenge, so many people need to supplement their hearing with hearing aids. Hearing aids are small but powerful devices that can help those with hearing loss go about their daily lives more easily. Because hearing aids are used by a variety of people with different needs and lifestyles, there exist several different models, each with its own pros and cons. With a comprehensive understanding of the different types of hearing aids, you can make an informed decision on the best hearing aid option for you.
Different Types of Hearing Aids
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are made up of two parts: the earpiece and the hearing aid itself. The main body of the hearing aid rests gently behind the user’s ear and is connected to the earpiece via a small tube. The earpiece sits inside the user’s ear and keeps the hearing aid securely in place.
In-the-ear hearing aids don’t feature an ear mold. Instead, the entire hearing aid fits inside the user’s outer ear. Included in this category are completely-in-the-canal hearing aids (CIC), in-the-canal hearing aids (ITC), receiver-in-canal hearing aids (RIC), and receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids (RITE).
Invisible Hearing Aids
While all hearing aids are designed to be discreet, some are designed to be nearly invisible. Invisible hearing aids—available in ITC, CIC, and IIC models—are especially small in size and feature a sleek design. Invisible hearing aids are perfect for those seeking a subtle hearing aid solution.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Most hearing aids feature a central battery with a finite lifespan. Once the battery is depleted, it must be replaced. Rechargeable hearing aids feature a rechargeable battery (inspired by NASA technology), which helps users save money by eliminating the need to buy replacement batteries. Rechargeable hearing aids also eliminate the need to take the hearing aid to a clinic for battery replacement, saving additional time and money.
Comparing Hearing Aid Types and Costs
Each model of hearing aid will be priced differently, and there are many additional features and adjustments you can choose that may affect the price. Among these features are noise reduction, remote control, directional microphones, wireless connectivity, telecoils, direct audio input, and variable programming. Be sure to customize your hearing aids so they fit your lifestyle.
Find the Best Hearing Aids for You
The type of hearing aid you choose will directly impact the quality of your hearing in the future, so it’s important to choose the model that best fits you.
Amdahl Hearing’s team of experts will walk you through every step of the hearing aid selection process to ensure you find the pair with the right combination of style, functionality, and technology. Contact us to get started!