When you are having a hearing aid fitted, there are many questions that you are likely to have, especially if it is your first hearing aid you have ever worn. One of the most common questions that people have here revolves around the different hearing aid styles that you can get. You might be confused about what the different styles mean and which are best for you and so on.

In this post, we are going to try and make this all a little clearer and easier to understand. By the end of the article, you will have a good working knowledge of the different hearing aid styles.

What Main Styles Are There?

First of all, let’s discuss what main types of hearing aid there are to consider. There are about a dozen that you might come across, but only 3-5 main ones that you are likely to be prescribed by an audiologist. These are:

  • BTE: A behind-the-ear hearing aid sits behind the ear, making it relatively easy to hide should that be important for you. It can be bulky, but it offers a lot of hearing assistance, and it’s a very common choice for many people with hearing loss.
  • ITE: You might use an in-the-ear hearing aid if you are less concerned about the hearing aid being subtle to the naked eye. These hearing aids can be very comfortable, as they are molded to fit your ear perfectly.
  • ITC: If you have an in-the-canal hearing aid, it’s likely that you are either experiencing severe hearing loss, and so need the device to be close to your eardrum, or you just want it to be as discreet as possible. These devices can often be practically invisible. You can also get IIC (invisible-in-canal) and CIC (completely-in-canal) hearing aids.

Which Style Do I Need?

The truth is that this question can only really be answered properly by a qualified audiologist. It all depends on a number of factors, and they will be able to inform you and help you to find the right choice for your needs. But it’s worth bearing in mind that the main determining factors are: comfort, how much subtlety you desire, and the level of your hearing loss.

Which Style of Hearing Aid Is Most Powerful?

Although each style of hearing aid can be perfectly powerful, and will always do the job as required, sometimes you might need the most powerful possible. Generally, the most powerful hearing aids in the world tend to be of the BTE type. Because the hearing aid is situated on the outside of the ear, there is plenty of room for a bigger battery and more processing power, allowing for a much more powerful delivery.

How Can I Find Out More About Hearing Aid Styles?

To find out more about hearing aids styles and hearing aids in general, your first port of call should be your audiologist. They will be able to inform you of everything you need to know, and help you to find the right hearing aid for your needs.