Different Types of Hearing Aids
We can help you choose the hearing aid that will help you hear your loved ones more clearly.
If you’ve dealt with some degree of hearing loss our otolaryngologist Dr. Andrew Parker can help not just diagnose this problem but also provide you with the hearing aid that will help you get back into the conversation again. A hearing aid doesn’t just improve your ability to understand those around you; it can change your social, personal and professional life. The three main types of hearing aids include,
Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids: The main component of this hearing aid lies behind the ear and connects a clear tube to a small bud that sits inside the ear. This hearing aid is used for moderate to severe hearing loss cases.
In the ear (ITE) hearing aids: This type of hearing aid sits on the outermost part of the ear and is designed to blend in with the color of your ear so it’s less noticeable. This type of hearing aid is smaller and can be used in patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Receiver in Canal or Receiver in-ear hearing aids: This type of hearing aid is similar to a BTE hearing aid, the only difference is that the speaker or receiver also sits in the ear so it’s more discreet. This is another option for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Within the three types of hearing aids above you also have a variety of different styles and kinds of hearing aids. These types include,
- Invisible in canal
- Completely in canal
- “Mini” BTE hearing aid
When it comes to choosing a hearing aid there are also five major factors to consider,
- The hearing aid’s design
- Any special features it has (or special features you need)
- The type and severity of your hearing loss
- Your budget
- Your lifestyle (e.g. profession; physical activity)
These are factors that you and our ear, nose and throat doctor can happily discuss when you come into his New Canaan, CT, office for an evaluation. If you are interested in a hearing aid that fits inside your ear, just let us know and we will help you find the most discreet option. Of course, thanks to modern technology there are also some amazing, advanced features to consider including,
- Remote control
- Wireless connectivity
- Rechargeable batteries
- Noise reduction
While you may not need all these advanced features we can talk through them with you so you understand exactly what you are getting from your new hearing aid.
Choosing the right hearing aid isn’t something that you should do alone. Our ENT doctor and his team offer hearing evaluations and comprehensive hearing aid fittings to people living in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT. Call Parker ENT today at (203) 866-8121 to schedule a hearing evaluation.