Hearing Aid Types
Hearing aid types
There are a huge range of hearing aid types, shapes and sizes available to suit individual needs and hearing losses. Below we list the different hearing aid types Hearservice can help you with:
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid: suited to a very wide range of hearing losses. Consisting of an ear mould that fits into the ear and is connected to a small plastic casing containing the electronic components which sits behind the ear.
- Receiver in the ear hearing aid: comprised of a receiver encased in a shell that sits within the canal and is joined to the behind the ear hearing aid via a wire within a slim tube. This allows the 'BTE' hearing aid to become significantly smaller in size and providing cosmetic appeal through the thin, near invisible tube.
- In-the-ear hearing aid: an acrylic shell that contains all electronic components. It sits in the outer ear and ear canal.
- In-the-canal hearing aid: a smaller version of the in-the-ear hearing aid. This aid sits in the ear canal and extends partly into the outer ear.
- Completely in-the-canal hearing aid: sits completely and deeply in the ear canal and once in place, is only just visible when viewed from side-on. As it is smaller, it cannot accommodate some of the features available in the bigger aids such as a volume control. It usually has a little line attached for ease of removal.
- CROS hearing aid: can be helpful if you have poorer hearing in one ear. It consists of a microphone worn on the poorer hearing ear, which picks up sound and feeds it to a hearing aid worn on the better hearing ear.
- Bone conduction hearing aid: transfers sound into the ear via a vibrating device worn on the bone behind the ear. The vibrating device is usually held in place with a headband. This can be useful for those with chronically discharging ears or malformation of the ear canal.