Types Of Hearing Aids

Helmert Hearing Clinic | Hearing Aids | September 19, 2017

Those needing the assistance of a hearing aid have more choices than ever due to the advances in technology. With the many options available, choosing the hearing aid that is the perfect fit for your personality, lifestyle, and overall hearing needs can be a difficult and confusing task.

Here are a few of the most popular hearing aid styles.

BEHIND-THE-EAR OPEN-FIT
This type of hearing aid uses open-fit technology to keep ears open to sound. The pitches you hear easily travel through the ear canal normally. The pitches that you are having difficulty hearing are amplified. The best part about this type of hearing aid is that it allows sounds to travel naturally from the open ear and from the hearing device.

RECEIVER-IN-CANAL AIDS
This type of hearing aid is very similar to a BTE (Behind-the-ear) aid. The major difference is that the speaker is placed inside of the ear canal. The wiring is also thinner, and the device can use open-fit technology.

IN-THE-EAR (ITE) AIDS
As the name suggests, this type of hearing aid fits in the outer part of the ear canal. There are no wires. All parts are contained in one device shell. Many people like this style due to the size. It is large enough to handle easily and still small enough to not be very noticeable.

INVISIBLE-IN-CANAL (ILC) AIDS (ALSO KNOWN AS IN-THE-CANAL/ITC AND COMPLETELY-IN-THE-CANAL/CIC)
This is a very popular type of hearing aid due to the fact that it can go completely unnoticed by others. These aids can be partially or completely custom fit for your ear canal to add comfort. They are also the smallest hearing aids available.

EXTENDED-WEAR HEARING AIDS
This type of hearing aid is a great choice for those with an active lifestyle and only a mild to moderate hearing loss. With this type of device, you don’t have to worry about changing the batteries or daily maintenance. A new device is replaced every 120 days by the audiologist. Since this device is worn continuously, you can even sleep, shower and enjoy other daily activities.

LET THE HELMERT HEARING CLINIC HELP YOU CHOOSE
Hearing aids are a large investment in your overall well-being. You don’t have to do this alone. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at the Helmert Hearing Clinic at (870) 424-4838. Let us through the options and help you make an educated decision on what is best for you and your hearing health. 

Stacy Helmert, Au.D. CCC-A, F/AAA
860 Hwy. 62 East • Suite 8
Mountain Home, AR 72653
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