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2 March, 2022 | Hearfocus

Types of Hearing Aids: How to Choose The Right One For You in 2022

For those experiencing hearing loss, the right hearing aid can do wonders and give you a new lease of life. But looking for the perfect one can be daunting. What are the different options? Don’t worry, here’s our guide to different types of hearing aids and how to choose the right one for you.

What type of hearing aids are available in 2022?

Hearing aid technology has come a long way in the past few years, with ever more discreet and reliable hearing aids entering the market.

There are a few main styles of hearing aids, and each one has different features making it suitable for varying degrees of hearing loss.

  • If you’re looking for an invisible hearing aid, then a completely-in-canal (CIC) style could be the best option for you. These small hearing aids are very discreet. Because of their size and positioning, these invisible in-ear hearing aids are less likely than other types to pick up wind noise, making them a good choice if you spend a lot of time outside.
  • In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are beneficial for those with mild to moderate hearing loss and want a more inconspicuous hearing aid. These hidden hearing aids sit partly in the ear canal, so are far less visible than in-the-ear or behind-the-ear styles. It’s worth noting that both ITC and CIC hearing aids can become clogged by earwax, so you may wish to invest in some wax guards or spray.
  • In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids sit entirely in the outer ear and are usually custom made. Some people find these easier to use than hidden hearing aids because they are slightly larger. ITE hearing aids (along with BTE styles) often have features such as volume control that don’t fit on smaller ITC and CIC models.
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids sit behind the ear and have a tube that hooks over the top of your ear, connecting to a custom piece in your ear canal. These hearing aids are suitable for people with all levels of hearing loss. They are usually larger than other forms of hearing aid — some people find this easier to use as they can be less fiddly than smaller styles.

Digital hearing aids

Whether you’re upgrading your hearing aids or getting your very first one, you might want to consider digital hearing aids rather than analogue ones. Using advanced technology, a digital hearing aid offers richer sound and can be easier to use. These hearing aids are readily available in 2022 and are often small and discreet.

What’s more, digital hearing aids tend to be more reliable and long-lasting as they are rechargeable and don’t require batteries. If rechargeable hearing aids are preferable for you, then digital types are an excellent choice.

Hearfocus: book a hearing test online or speak with a specialist

No matter which type of hearing aid you wish to go for, the best first step is to get your hearing checked. Knowing what level of hearing loss you have can help make sure you get the best aid for you. A specialist can help you identify which type of hearing aid will suit your lifestyle and be most comfortable.

As an independent hearing aid provider, Hearfocus offers impartial advice to make sure you get the best hearing aid for your individual needs. Our expert audiologists are here to support you every step of your hearing journey — from an initial consultation to your hearing test and choosing a hearing aid.

To learn more, why not get in touch with the Hearfocus team and book your hearing test?

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