updated: Sep. 14, 2016
It can be a challenge trying to figure out what hearing aid will work best for you. Let us help!
When we lose the ability to hear those around us and enjoy conversations it can take a major toll on our quality of life. Luckily, our team of ENT doctors in Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ is here to help. Through the selection of hearing aids we offer there is something for everyone. Here are some factors that go into the decision-making process when you go shopping for a hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Styles in Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West
Hearing aids differ in size, fit, features and price, so it’s important that you discuss your options with our audiologists to determine which kind is right for you. Here are some of the most common types of hearing aids:
Completely in the Canal (CIC): This is one of the smallest hearing aids available and because it’s molded to fit inside the ear it is less visible.
In the Canal (ITC): Another custom-molded hearing aid, this one only fits partially in the ear. This is usually a great option for those dealing with more mild to moderate forms of hearing loss. It also offers different features that aren’t available with completely-in-the-canal hearing aids.
In the Ear (ITE): In-the-ear hearing aids can be shaped in two different ways: one fills the full outer ear while the other will only fill the lower portion of the ear. This hearing aid can be great for anyone, no matter if their hearing loss is mild or severe. This hearing aid also offers volume control, a feature that you won’t often find in smaller hearing aid styles.
Behind the Ear (BTE): This hearing aid will hook over the top of your ear and connect to a customized earpiece that will stay in the ear canal. This is a great option for patients of all ages and for most forms of hearing loss.
Receiver in Canal (RIC): This style is similar to the behind-the-ear hearing aid but the receiver can either stay in the ear or the canal. The behind-the-ear portion of this hearing aid may be a bit less visible than a BTE hearing aid.
Open fit: This hearing aid is also similar to the BTE hearing aid except the tube that connects the earpiece and the hearing aid is very thin. Because this keeps the ear canals open this allows for high frequencies to be picked up by the hearing aid while allowing low frequencies to naturally be picked up by the ear.
Besides the style of the hearing aid, which plays a rather large part, you’ll want to consider other features such as noise reduction, rechargeable batteries or remote controls, as well as the price when it comes to which hearing aid will work best for you and your lifestyle. We will be happy to sit down with you and discuss all these details and more!
Restore your hearing with Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians and enjoy the ease of talking to friends and family again. Call our office serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ area today and let us know you are interested in getting a hearing aid.