There are quite a few types of hearing aids that are on the market. The type of hearing aid you decide to go with depends mostly on the type and severity of your hearing loss; however, your dexterity does play a factor as well. So let’s go over the different types of hearing aids there are and what type of hearing loss is best suited for them.
- Completely in the canal (CIC): A CIC hearing aid is a very small device that is fit completely in the ear, making is virtually invisible for the user. This hearing aid is generally best suited for someone with full dexterity and a mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC): The ITC hearing aid is a small hearing aid that fits in the canal of the ear with the faceplate visible at the opening of the canal. This hearing aid is usually recommended for someone with minimal dexterity problems and a mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids sit in and take up the bowl of the ear while still extending down into the canal. This hearing aid is usually best suited for someone with dexterity issues and a mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- Half shell (HS): An HS hearing aid is smaller than an ITE, but bigger than an ITC. It does not take up as much of the bowl of the ear as the ITE either. This hearing aid is generally selected for those with mild-to- moderate dexterity problems and a mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- Behind the ear (BTE): A BTE hearing aid is composed of two pieces. There is the hearing aid part that hooks onto the ear and sits behind it, while the other part is the mold that sits in the canal. The two parts are connects to each other by tubing. This type of hearing is great for those with dexterity problems and is suited for someone with a mild-to-severe type of hearing loss.
- Power BTE: A Power BTE is just like a regular BTE, however this type of hearing aid is for those with a profound hearing loss.
- Open BTE: An open BTE hearing aid is a very small BTE that fits behind the ear with tubing that connects with a dome that is placed in the ear to sound delivery. This type of hearing aid is good for those with minimal dexterity problems and those with a mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss. Great for those with conductive hearing losses.
- Receiver in the ear (RTE): An RTE hearing aid is similar to a BTE, however the receiver for the BTE is located in the dome that is placed in the ear canal. This type of hearing aid is good for those with slight-to-moderate dexterity problems and those with a mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss.
Still not sure what hearing aid is the right one for you? Talk with your hearing care provider to determine what device will best fit your needs!