There’s being hard of hearing and then, there’s hearing loss. Depending on your situation, it’s important that you find a hearing device – whether a hearing aid or hearing amplifier – that’s right for you. Some devices are designed to make a friend’s voice louder over the din of a packed coffee house, while others enable a person to hear in any situation.

Types of hearing aids range from amplifiers to “behind-the-ear” devices to “receiver-in-canal” and to “completely-in-the-canal” technology. But, do you know which hearing aid style is right for your own needs?

Depending on your hearing ability, this product preference will change. So, take a look and see what types of hearing devices work best for you:

Not Quite a Hearing Aid: Amplifiers

Amplifiers are hearing devices that are not medical. These types of hearing aids are not designed for someone who has hearing loss, but rather, for those moments when you’re in a one-on-one setting, nearby others, but you can’t quite understand what your buddy, date, or child is saying. An amplifier can take different forms, from an in-ear device to a small, wireless device you can carry around. If you think you will use it frequently, you might want to consider an in-ear hearing aid style.


Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

If amplifiers aren’t sufficient for your hearing needs, there are “open fit” behind the ear hearing aids. These types of hearing devices are designed for moderate to severe hearing loss and are worn completely outside and behind your ear. These popular aids account for about 60% of all hearing aids sold in the U.S. and are what most people think of when they hear the term, “hearing aid.” Even though they are slightly visible to onlookers, the buyer can choose which flesh-color selection best matches their own skin tone or which color matches their hair for maximum concealment. These aids connect to your ear canal through a tiny, see-through tube.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

If you’re past “hard of hearing” and are looking for a more effective option, a receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid may work for you. These types of hearing devices are for those who experience profound hearing loss. And fortunately, they are barely visible. All of the electronics in this aid sit outside the ear in a small case, while the speaker sits inside your ear canal. Its tiny, see-through tube holds a fine wire that connects the two elements.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

The final hearing aid style addressed here is a Completely-in-Canal (CIC) hearing aid. This device sits entirely inside the ear and is an alternative for those who experience moderate hearing loss. The nice quality about this aid is that it’s totally hidden within your ear. The Completely-in-Canal devices are custom designed for each individual’s ear canal.

Everyone needs something a little different—whether you want to turn up the volume on a friend’s voice or need to press the “on” button for sound in general. Either way, hopefully you now know which types of hearing aids will work best for you.

by Becca Cudmore

5 responses to “Do You Know Which Hearing Aid Works Best for You?

  1. Digital aids don’t help me, get only distorted sounds from hearing loss and recruitment. Tests shows my loss and digitals over amplifies & distorts those high frequency sounds. I need less amplifying of the hearing loss (normal sound can be better acheived by ignoring the loss. I can
    hear better with my Edison free ampliphone XL40. I’m far sighted and prefer the Samba.
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  2. I have worn hearing aids for the last 15 years. My main problem is understanding what is being said. I have had an audio gram in the last two weeks. Hope to hear from someone soon. I am looking at purchasing new aids soon.

  3. I have REXTON Model Rx34 Canal L&D exp. 4/09/2011 other Rx34 Canal battery 312 I want to change what is the price of each. I have Medcaid I have Prestige health choice. Please give me reasonable price. Thank you abdul

  4. I have a dome in my ear and a concraption behind my ear that contains a #10 battery. I have two recievers in this a reciever for tinniis and one for sound. Lately my hearing seems muffled, like sound bouncing off a wall. I can hear but can’t understand most conversations specially Tv and cannot communicate on telephone. I am totally impaired in my left and this is my right ear. Any suggestions. My specialist put me on Predisione for 10 days. It hasn’t done anything. Sound is still muffled and I get dizzy and often when I swallow or blow my nose I get like a shock wave going to my brain.

  5. I have been wearing CIC hearing aids for 25 years. I am really hard of hearing so I thought I would like to try the RIC aids. I am a veteran of the Navy but I have waited over 3 years to get help from them. I am 80 years old and on SS so you know I can’t afford a real highpriced aid.

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