Why Are There So Many Different Types Of Hearing Aids? | The Flex Audiology Show #1

09/21/2022 | Flex Audiology Show, Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

I answer this frequently asked question in the first episode to my brand-new series, the Flex Audiology Show

One of the main questions I get as an audiologist is, “I don’t know anything about hearing aids, what style should I get?”

Nowadays, anyone with a computer can go online and find anything they need to know about hearing aids. However, with so many different pieces of information available, it can make your decision harder to conclude, especially with the circulation of false information.

In the first episode of my brand-new series, the Flex Audiology Show, I’m going to talk through some of the main hearing devices so you can make a better and more informed decision about what is right for you.

Breaking Down The Taboo

When people think of hearing aids — traditionally — they picture a large and bulky device that covers half of your ear.

Truth is, hearing aids have come a long way over the years, and you can now get a hearing aid for almost any type of user. Paired with the support of an audiologist, you can find a hearing device which matches your lifestyle, budget, and listening preferences.

It all comes down to your personal preferences.

1. Behind-The-Ear

This type of device hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind your ear. It is a powerful device, so it is traditionally one of the largest.

A tube connects the hearing aid to the custom earpiece, allowing the transition of sound.

In our clinic, we take a custom mold, which includes either a 3D scan of your ear or we fill a silicone material in your entire ear, allowing a proper feel and fit of your devices.

This helps us to provide an individualized measurement of your ears, ensuring your hearing aid fits securely inside your ears and provides adequate hearing amplification.

2. Completely-In-Canal

With style in mind, these types of devices are perfect for those who are conscious of how hearing aids will look.

Fitted deeply inside of the canal, it improves mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

Both behind-the-ear and completely-in-canal offer the best technology such as Bluetooth connectivity, including accepting calls and TV pairing.

Again, these features may only be preferred by certain types of users, so it’s important to look into what technology is going to be most beneficial for you.

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3. Invisible-In-Canal

This is the smallest and most invisible hearing device, which is well hidden and almost undetectable by others.

It requires slightly more dexterity in order to fit it inside the ear, but once fitted, it is very comfortable to wear. Most users barely notice it inside of their ears!

The invisible-in-canal works great to protect against harsh wind noise and feedback, making it perfect for those who are active.

4. Rechargeable Options

Just like any piece of technology, hearing aids require a battery to maintain their performance.

Some hearing devices need their battery replacing every so often, whereas others can be charged using a charging case, which involves placing your hearing aids in overnight.

This is a great option for those who don’t like the idea of changing the batteries themselves, which can be a very finicky task requiring a steady hand.

Range Of Styles

Hearing aids come in a range of colors, which can be tailored to your skin tone and style.

With many people often wearing earphones and plugs, hearing aids are becoming more disguisable than ever.

When it comes down to making your decision, it’s important to talk to an experienced audiologist who can work out what type of device is going to be most beneficial in the long run.

The good news is you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’d like to chat to us about hearing technology, hearing loss, or maybe you’d just like a friendly conversation with an expert, then we are here to help. Just give me a call at (812) 532-3011.

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Dr. Person Au.D, CCC-A

Dr. Person has been a private practice owner since 2005. She currently specializes in hearing aids, tinnitus management and vestibular diagnostics, while operating in an unbundled service delivery model. Dr. Person is the host of The Unbundled Audiologist podcast. She serves as the incoming VP of Audiology for ISHA for a three year term. Her greatest accomplishment is creating a life where she can serve others while still spending quality time with her husband and two small children.