Selecting The Style

There are several different styles of hearing aids to meet your individual needs. Choosing the correct style for you depends on the following:
  • Shape of your outer ear
  • Depth and shape of your ear canal
  • Your manual dexterity
  • How much wax your ear produces
  • Whether you have active ear drainage
  • Degree of hearing loss

There are five basic styles:

inthecanal In-the-canal aids:

These aids are contained in a tiny case that fits partly or completely into the ear canal. They offer cosmetic and some listening advantages
completelyintheear Completely in-the-canal aids:

These hearing aids molded to fit deeply within the ear canal. They are the smallest and least visible type of hearing aid. Because they're sheltered within the ear, it helps cut down on wind noise. CICs can help improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.
intheear In-the-ear aids:

All parts of the aid are contained in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear. These aids are larger than canal aids, and for some people may be easier to handle than smaller aids.
behindtheear Behind-the-ear aids:

Most parts are contained in a small plastic case that rests behind the ear; the case is usually connected to a either a custom earmold or a dome by a piece of clear tubing.
invisible Invisible In-the-canal:

These aids are contained in a tiny case that fit deeply into the bony portion of the ear canal. It is the least visible hearing aid available.



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