Hearing loss has a big impact on someone’s life. It affects an individual in both work, relationships, emotional well-being and daily life — hearing aids can help make a big difference. It can change a person’s life and they way they choose to live and interact with this world. With the wide array of devices and choices available, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out which one to choose from. So, make sure you keep these 6 hearing aid devices that you can’t go wrong with on your list.

  1. Mini Behind the Ear Hearing Aid (mBTE): Also known as RIC (receiver in the canal) attaches to the ear via a thin wire and channels sound into the ear. mBTE are generally not visible and prevents a plugged-up feeling that you generally get with other hearing aids.
  2. Traditional Behind the Ear Hearing Aid (BTE): All electronic components within these hearing aids are in a plastic case worn behind the ear. Sound is sent to the ear through a tubing that connects the case to the receiver, where a custom earmold is worn in the ear canal. BTEs offer flexible features and a range of low and high frequency amplifications, which is great for those with severe hearing loss. BTEs allow for control and ease of use of a telecoil – a coil that wirelessly picks up a magnetic signal from the hearing aid and converts that to sound. When the telecoil is activated, it gives individuals a larger range of sound.
  3. Completely in the Ear Canal Hearing (CIC): CICs fit deep into the ear canal. It has low visibility and less sensitive to noise such as wind, rain and gives minimal feedback. CICs are optimal for those with severe hearing loss and helps preserve the natural acoustics that help localize direction of sound from the front and behind of an individual.
  4. Custom-made Hearing Aid: As a growing number of people suffer with a difficulty of hearing, custom-molded hearing devices from Miracle Ear are giving people with hearing loss a new way to manage sound. These custom molded aids fit directly to the ear canal and are designed to be comfortable and barely visible. Custom-made hearing aids tend to the needs of the individual and provides a solution that is personalized to one’s own hearing situation.
  5. In-the-Canal Hearing Aid (IIC): Intended for mild to mildly severe hearing loss, IICs are small barely visible aids that are placed deep in the canal. IICs are designed to fit entirely into the external auditory meatus, making it almost completely invisible. IICs can help reduce occlusion, which occurs when a person hears their voice louder in their head that usually occurs with other hearing aids.
  6. Traditional in the Ear Aids (ITE): ITEs fit on the bowl of the outer ear and all electronic components are included within the case. This allows ITEs to offer more features such as telecoil and dual microphones that help improve speech understanding in noise. ITEs are suitable for those with profound hearing loss and reduced vision.

As research on the ear and how hearing loss occurs increases, more improvements are made to various hearing aids and devices in the market. With the hearing devices that exist in the market today along with the option to custom make hearing aids, there are hearing aids for all styles and comfort.

 

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