Types of Hearing Aids & Digital Hearing Aids
All people are different, with unique needs and individual lifestyles. So, finding the right types of hearing aids to improve your hearing can never be a 'one size fits all' procedure.
Behind the Ear Hearing Aids
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are the most common on the market today. They hide behind the Auricle (the visible part of your ear) and have a thin clear tube that runs into the ear canal. BTEs are designed so people do not notice them but remain extremely effective at treating hearing loss.
It transmits sound through a thin tube that runs from the top-front of the ear and into your ear canal. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are suitable for most types of hearing loss.
Discreetly tucked away
Behind-the-ear models are the perfect choice if you want extra power in a discreet and modern design. The majority of hearing aid users with severe and profound hearing loss prefer this type of hearing aid. Behind-the-ear hearing aids come in two variations:
With a sound tube
– Sometimes called a BTE hearing aid, this is the world’s most common type of hearing aid for people with severe hearing loss. The sound passes through a tube to an earpiece that is perfectly adapted to your ear. This type has a larger battery than Receiver in The Ear (RITE) solutions and can accommodate a larger amplifier, which makes them more powerful.
With a receiver in the ear
– also known as a RITE. The sound is sent via a discreet, hair-fine wire to the receiver (loudspeaker) seated in the ear canal, close to the eardrum. A small bud or individually moulded earpiece holds the loudspeaker in place. This type can have a smaller battery than BTE hearing aids, making it more discreet. The applicability of this type of hearing aid depends on the type of hearing loss you have.
In the Ear Hearing Aids
Hidden Inside Your Ear
In The Ear (ITE) models are a good choice if discretion is a high priority for you. They help to give first-time users an easy introduction to hearing aids because they sit safely out of the way of sunglasses and goggles – and won’t fly off when you remove your sweater. They come in two styles:
In The Canal -
Also known as (ITC). These are small hearing aids that sit inside your ear canal, so they are very difficult to notice. They include Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids – which are even harder to see – and Invisible In the Canal (IIC) hearing aids, which you can’t see at all because they sit so deep. You use a long ‘pin’ to pull them out. Once, CIC models were limited to people with milder forms of hearing loss and larger ear canals, but recent technological advances have made them available to many more people.
Half-shell and full shell
- lso known as In-The-Ear (ITE). These larger hearing aids can all be seen in the ear from the side. They fill either half or all of the bowl of the ear(concha) . As they provide a very secure fit they can suit very active people, and the varied range of strengths will even treat profound hearing loss.
Are Hearing Aids Invisible?
Invisible in the canal hearing aids
The invisible in canal hearing aids are the smallest hearing aids available. They offer the ultimate discretion because they are custom-made to fit inside your ear canal. This makes them almost, if not completely, invisible. Tiny cords are fit to this type of hearing aid so you can remove them easily.
There is no need to adjust the settings on these hearing aids throughout the day as they adapt automatically to the sound environment. Due to their small size, they do not have directional microphones (which are used in other hearing aid styles to enhance some sounds and simultaneously reduce background noise.)
While this style is popular with people who prefer a more discreet type of hearing aid, the small size means that those with limited dexterity may find these types of hearing aids slightly more difficult to adjust and remove.
Due to the positioning of this hearing aid type, they can be susceptible to earwax and moisture build-up, so it is important to ensure that there is adequate ventilation when they are used. However, their small size means that these types of hearing aids are better for minimising wind noise.
The IIC hearing aid type is helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on IIC hearing aids.
Completely in the canal hearing aids
These hearing aid styles are custom-fitted discreetly inside the ear canal. Most CIC hearing aid types are invisible to people you encounter throughout the day. The slightly larger size can accommodate an optional button that allows you to control the settings manually, based on your environment. The only thing visible to the eye is normally the battery drawer and face plate.
Due to the positioning of this hearing aid type, they can also be vulnerable to earwax buildup and moisture, so it is important to ensure that there is adequate ventilation.
Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on CIC hearing aid types.
In the canal hearing aids
In-the-canal hearing aids are slightly larger than completely-in-the-canal hearing aids.
They fit the lower third of your external ear and are custom made to your ear. This hearing aid type has a slightly longer battery life than other in-the-ear styles and features a directional microphone and wireless streaming. Having a directional microphone is an advantage as it enhances sounds that you need to hear (like speech), while simultaneously diminishing background noise.
While ITC hearing aids are still very discreet, if you are looking for almost complete discretion, it is advised that you look at the completely-in-the-canal and invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid types. These types of hearing aids offer complete discretion but do not deal with noisy environments as well as larger styles of hearing aids.
ITC hearing aids are easy to insert and remove and are a great choice for those who would like the option of push button controls.
Speak with your hearing care professional for more guidance on in-the-canal hearing aid types.
In the ear half shell hearing aids
The in-the-ear half shell hearing aid type is designed to fit half of your external ear. The shell of the hearing aid is custom-made to fit the shape of your ear. Depending on the size of your ear, these hearing aid types can be relatively discreet.
Half shell hearing aids have a longer battery life than in-the-canal hearing aids because they are slightly larger. They are suitable for anyone with profound hearing loss and are a good option if you want an easy-to-handle hearing aid.
Due to their slightly larger size, ITE half shell hearing aids can have more features when compared to in-the- canal, completely-in-the canal and invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids.
Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on in-the-ear half shell hearing aid types.
In the ear full shell hearing aids
In-the-ear full shell hearing aids are designed to fit all of your external ear. These types of hearing aids are the largest of the custom hearing aids. The shell of the hearing aid is made to custom fit the shape of your ear. Depending on the size of your ear, these hearing aid types can still be relatively discreet.
In-the-ear full shell hearing aids have a longer battery life than in-the-canal hearing aids because they are slightly larger. They are suitable for anyone with profound hearing loss and are a good option if you want an easy-to-handle hearing aid.
Due to their slightly larger size, ITE full shell hearing aids can have more features than the in-the-canal, completely-in-the canal and invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids.
Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on full shell hearing aid types.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Are you tired of your hearing aid batteries running out unexpectedly? Modern, rechargeable hearing aids are growing in popularity - and for good reason too. Just place your hearing aid in the charging station when you go to bed, and they are ready to use when you wake up in the morning. What’s more - rechargeable hearing aids mean that you don’t have to buy battery replacements or continue throwing away used batteries, which is beneficial for both your wallet and the environment at the same time.
It’s simple to recharge your hearing aids
- Connect the charger to a power source using the integrated cable
- Easy to insert with one hand - no lid to open, and no need to turn off your hearing aids
- Place hearing aids in the charging ports to automatically begin charging via contact-free inductive technology
- Discreet LED lights let you see charging status at a glance.
What hearing aids are rechargeable?
Several brands of hearing aids offer specific models which feature rechargeable hearing aid batteries. In our clinics you will find a broad range of hearing aid brands which feature rechargeable hearing aid batteries. All the models that can be recharged are behind the ear hearing aids.
Life made simple
- Never change hearing aid batteries again
- Recharging is simple
- 3-4 hours of charge provides full charge
- Save money over time
- All day use