different hearing aid styles
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Discovering the ideal hearing aid for you can feel overwhelming. The right choice depends on your type of hearing loss, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences. Getting professionally fitted hearing aids at a clinic offers the widest range of models and expert customization options.

Understanding Hearing Aid Types

The two basic classifications for hearing aids include in-the-ear and behind-the-ear.
  • In-the-ear (ITE) devices, commonly known as “invisible hearing aids,” fit snugly within the ear canal.
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) devices perch behind or atop the outer ear. Sound travels down into the ear canal through tubing connected to custom-fit earmolds or open-fit domes.

ITE Hearing Aids

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) devices rank high in discreetness. IICs sit deep within the ears and can be removed using a tiny pull-out string. CICs, though similar, sit less deeply within the ears.
  • Remarkably discreet
  • Superior sound quality due to their in-ear placement
  • Prone to ear wax and moisture damage
  • Frequent battery changes required
  • Dexterity challenges due to their petite size
In-the-canal (ITC) devices nestle in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, prioritizing comfort and accessibility. ITCs are larger than IICs and CICs, equipping them with more features.
  • Discreet design with added benefits like directional microphones
  • Able to cater to a broader hearing loss spectrum
  • Longer battery life
  • Vulnerable to ear wax and moisture
  • Possible challenges with wireless connectivity due to size
Low-profile hearing aids range from half-shell designs to those that nearly fill the entire outer ear bowl.
  • Easier handling due to size
  • Packed with user controls and connectivity features
  • Less discreet
  • Can make the ears feel plugged

BTE Hearing Aids

Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or receiver-in-canal (RIC) devices dominate the market due to their exceptional sound quality and design. They split the speaker from the main hearing aid body, with the speaker fitting into the ear and the body resting behind it.
  • Rechargeable battery options
  • High chances of wireless device compatibility
  • Enhanced technological features, including AI
  • Potential handling challenges with smaller mini-RITEs
  • Speakers can be vulnerable to damage
Behind-the-ear-with-earmold devices can accommodate any degree of hearing loss, making them the go-to for many, including children.
  • Less susceptible to moisture damage
  • Packed with advanced technology and wireless device connectivity
  • Replaceable custom-fit earmold
  • Less discreet
  • Possible constraints for eyeglass wearers

Finding Your Perfect Match

When considering your options, be sure to choose hearing aids with certain in-demand features, such as rechargeable batteries, aesthetic appeal, in-built Bluetooth, and telecoil enablement. Before making your purchase, follow these steps:
  • Consult a doctor to diagnose your hearing issues.
  • Get a referral for a reputable audiologist.
  • Opt for a trial period.
  • Consider future adjustments and maintenance.
  • Check for warranties and avoid misleading claims.
  • Discuss pricing, features, and your specific needs with your audiologist.

Contact Elite Hearing Centers of America

When considering hearing aids, it’s crucial to choose a provider that guarantees quality and excellence. Elite Hearing Centers of America offers top-tier service, industry-leading products, and an unwavering commitment to your satisfaction. To get started with a free, 30-day hearing aid trial, please call us at 855-432-7354 and set up your complimentary hearing test and consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

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