Hearing Aids Styles and Types: Which One Is Your Best Fit?

Traditional hearing aids have had a stigma attached to them, which is one of the reasons that many individuals with a hearing loss refuse them. Major changes in recent years have helped eliminate that stigma, improving how they work as well as how they look. With a variety of new styles and types to choose from, the new problem for Lynchburg residents is deciding which one is the best fit. Take a look at some of the most discrete options currently available.

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)
Micro digital technology has entered into hearing aid technology, allowing state-of-the-art hearing technology to fit inside a unit not much bigger than a chickpea. These hearing aids are ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss, insert deeper into the hearing canal than most types, and come with a number of color choices. They are essentially invisible to others. You can wear them without worrying what others might think, but still get in on all that is going on around you.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)
In addition to assisting with mild to moderate hearing loss, these units also assist with issues of diminished dexterity. They are slightly larger than the IIC models but include a tiny insertion/extraction handle for more convenient use. Only a tiny part of them is visible to someone who is really looking. These custom-made units come in a range of colors as well.

In-The-Canal (ITC)
You can see a little bit more of ITC hearing aids, but they are still very discreet. Their slightly larger size is necessary for assisting with mildly severe hearing loss or rapidly diminishing hearing loss. They include a greater convenience for insertion/extraction and are custom-formed to fit the contour and skin tone of your ear, disguising them as a natural part of your ear.

In-The-Ear (ITE)
Though not as discrete as tinier models, don’t be too quick to dismiss the ITE, especially if you have mildly severe to severe hearing loss. In decades past, the technology available in these units would have required them to be much bulkier and horribly uncomfortable. Maximum hearing coverage in a lightweight and sleek design, molded to the exact contour of your ear makes them more comfortable. When matched to your natural skin tone, they are still pretty discrete.

Additional Styles
Technology has also made it easier to adjust to Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) and Behind-The-Ear (BTE) style hearing aids. Though a little less discrete, these styles are less bulky and lighter weight than their predecessors, providing a more comfortable wearing experience and come in an array of stylish colors.

It takes a little time to adjust to using hearing aids, but the benefits are well worth the effort. Digital micro-technology has allowed for smaller, more comfortable, and more discrete hearing aid designs while contributing to greater efficiency. Hearing At Home focuses our attention on providing you with the hearing assistance you need with the level of efficiency, comfort, and discretion you require.

Contact us to take a closer look at the various hearing aid types and styles available from Hearing At Home, or schedule a consultation in your Lynchburg home, office, care center, or wherever you’re most comfortable.