If you’ve stumbled upon this blog, you’re probably already questioning the use of hearing aid and style in the same sentence, right? Well, you probably aren’t alone in thinking this. Most people don’t associate style with hearing aids, and that’s because of the stigma that has been attached to hearing aids since they first came about.
However, since recent developments in hearing aids, they no longer carry this stigma of being big, bulky and unattractive. Instead, they’ve become sleek, stylish and effective pieces of technology. With most designs now being almost to completely invisible, it’s hard to imagine why people could be put off by them.
Before making a decision
Hearing aids may be keeping up with trends, but that doesn’t mean choosing the right style is as easy as shopping for shoes. It’s important that you seek advice from your audiologist to ensure that you choose the right style for you.
The factors to consider when choosing hearing aids are:
- Your budget
- Level of hearing loss
- Available types of hearing aids
- Lifestyle needs
- Style preferences
To save you hours of research, at Dr. Michelle we have put together a guide including the different styles of hearing aids to give you an idea of what is available.
This style is perfect for those who are particularly conscious about wearing hearing aids. The IIC are so small, they are barely visible to the human eye. They are ideal for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, and as they are fitted deeper in the ear than the other styles, it is important to remember to remove them daily for your own hygiene and comfort.
Like the IIC, this style is great for mild to moderate hearing loss. They fit entirely within the ear canal and are almost invisible when worn. The main difference with this style is that there is a very small handle on the outer part of the device which makes it very easy to remove. These are custom made hearing aids that come in a range of different colors.
This style is slightly bigger than the CIC but is still natural and discreet and fits in the lower portion of the outer ear. The reason for their slightly bigger size is because of their longer battery life and additional features which allow you to control volume in noisy environments. Perfect for those with mild to moderate hearing loss, the natural skin-toned style of these are great for someone who’s hearing loss is steadily getting worse.
Unlike the other styles, these hearing aids are more suitable for those with mildly severe to severe hearing loss. They come in a range of colors whilst providing maximum hearing coverage and comfort and are designed to look discreet so that you can wear them with confidence.
If you’re new to hearing aids, then this style might be best for you. It is perfect for those with mild to moderate hearing loss and is barely visible when worn. The RIC simply put, is an instrument in which the receiver is placed inside the ear canal. It uses thin electrical wires to reduce distortion, giving you hearing confidence.
The most widely recognised out of the styles, the BTE is suitable for people with moderate to severe hearing loss. Its comfortable and discreet design makes it a top choice for most. It works by sending amplified sounds to the custom-made earmold inside the ear canal, giving you the hearing you’ve been missing out on.
So, now you know that when it comes to choosing the right hearing aid styles, there is no ‘one size fits all’. Hopefully you’ve gained an insight to the world of hearing aids and are encouraged to come speak to Dr. Michelle to see which hearing aid style is the best for you.