Hearing Aids: Which Type Is Best for You?

Posted on: 11 February 2015

Hearing loss affects a surprisingly high number of individuals in the United States alone.  According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, approximately 38 million people in the country alone have experienced some form of hearing loss.  With this being said, it should come as no surprise that a large number of people are turning to hearing aids to help improve or restore their sense of hearing.

 If you are one of many who are considering hearing aids, you may be confused or even overwhelmed by which type of hearing aid is best for you, as there are so many different options. Of course, your audiologist or ENT doctor will help you decide which one is right for you, but having a basic understanding of the different types of hearing aids can help prepare you for the conversation with your doctor.  Read on for information regarding hearing aid comparisons.

Behind the Ear Aids 

One of the most common types of hearing aids is the "behind the ear" aid. The small equipment is storage in a plastic case, which is worn behind the ear. This type of aid is convenient for children, as it will not interfere with the ear canal as it is growing, as well as for those who are uncomfortable with the thought of an aid being placed inside of their ear.

In the Ear Aids 

Similar to the behind the ear aids, the in the ear aids also have their equipment contained in a plastic case. The difference is that these aids are placed in a way that fills the outer part of the ear. They are known for being large and easy to handle.

In the Canal Aids

These are the smallest types of hearing aids, and they are placed completely inside of the ear canal. These have great cosmetic benefits, as they are virtually unnoticeable, however, they may be irritating to some people as they can be more difficult to adjust.

The above three types of hearing aids are the most basic types you will find, and they each come with their own advantages, as well as their disadvantages. Having this knowledge will make you more educated when speaking with your doctor regarding all of your options.

Congratulations on making an active choice to better your life by bettering your hearing. Countless lives have been changed through the use of hearing aids, and yours can be next. For more information, contact local experts such as Audiology Consultants, P.C.