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Which are the Most Popular Types of Hearing Aids?

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There are many different types of hearing aids available today. This can be a little bit overwhelming for anyone who is looking to purchase a hearing device for the first time. This is especially the case when you consider that technology is advancing all of the time, and so new features are being added to hearing devices all of the time. With that in mind, we’re going to reveal everything that you need to know about the best and most popular types of hearing aids on the market today.

The benefits of hearing devices

Before we tell you more about the different types of hearing aids that are available, we are going to give you a brief overview of the significant benefits associated with hearing devices.

Hearing devices are not going to make your hearing perfect. However, they will make sounds a lot clearer and louder, lowering the impact that hearing loss has on your day-to-day life. 

The benefits that are associated with hearing aids are as follows:

  • Hearing aids help you to enjoy listening to television and music at a volume that is comfortable for everyone around you.
  • A hearing aid will make it easier for you to follow conversations in varying environments, as well as making you feel more confident when speaking to other people.
  • Hearing devices improve your ability to hear speech.
  • A hearing aid will help you to hear everyday sounds, such as your phone and the doorbell. 

In order to experience all of the benefits that hearing aids offer, you need to choose the right hearing device for you. This is something that your audiologist will be able to assist you with. Nevertheless, it does help to have a good understanding of the options that are out there.

Which hearing aids are the most popular?

There are three hearing aid devices that are highly popular today. These are as follows:

  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the canal (ITC)

In-the-ear hearing aids have been designed to fill the area just outside of your ear’s opening. Unlike BTE hearing aids, which we will discuss in the next section, you cannot see these hearing devices from behind. However, they are visible from the side. A lot of people find these ITE devices suitable for their degree of hearing loss, yet they can be a little bit trickier to use than BTE devices, so it is worth keeping this in mind. 

BTE hearing device is the most common out of all the options out there today. These hearing devices are created of plastic and they are very small in size, sitting right behind your ear. A piece of plastic is used to attach the hearing device to a tube, with the earmold fitting inside your ear. In some cases, there is a soft tip that will go into the opening of your ear, and this is known as an open fitting hearing aid. This type of hearing device is one of the easiest types to use. They come in several colors, and they can be used by people with different types of hearing loss.

ITC hearing devices are very similar to the ITE hearing aids that we mentioned earlier, yet they are more discreet. Smaller in size, these devices will simply fill the opening of the ear. They are ideal for anyone who is looking for a hearing device that is as discreet as possible. Because of this, they can be more challenging to use. Plus, their small size tends to mean that they are not powerful enough for people with severe hearing loss. However, your audiologist is going to be able to advise you on whether this type of hearing device is going to be sufficient for you.

Contact us at The Center for Audiology

If you are looking to find an audiologist that can help you choose the right hearing aid for you, you won’t be disappointed with The Center for Audiology. Contact us today at Houston: 713-255-0035 and Pearland: 713-800-5050

We look forward to hearing from you and giving you the help, you need to get your life back on track.