earSmart Hearing Center
earSmart Hearing Center
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ToledoOH 43613
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Which Type of Hearing Aid is Right for You?

Which Type of Hearing Aid is Right for You?

Any form of hearing loss you experience can affect how well you are able to interact with the world around you. Luckily the use of a hearing aid can improve your situation. The device, which amplifies sound for the hearing impaired, typically consists of a microphone, amplifier, receiver and battery. The type of hearing aid that may be recommended to you may depend on:

  • The extent of your hearing loss
  • Your audiological and medical history
  • Your lifestyle and communication needs
  • How well you are able to manually handle a hearing aid

If you've been considering getting a hearing aid, here is a guide to your options.

Behind-the-Ear

This type of hearing aid can be used for many forms of hearing loss and by patients of all age levels. It includes a customized earpiece that is specially fitted to rest inside of your ear canal. There is a clear tube that links to the earpiece and hooks over the top of your ear to the major components of the hearing aid, which are contained in a small plastic casing positioned behind the ear. This hearing aid:

  • Provides more amplification than other types
  • Is easily handled and cleaned
  • Includes miniature versions that are hardly visible

In-the-Canal

The in-the-canal hearing aid can be used to enhance mild to moderate cases of hearing loss in adults. It is composed of a very small, custom-molded case that can fit partially in your ear canal. It is one of the smallest hearing aids on the market and provides some listening and cosmetic benefits that other types do not offer. An in-the-canal hearing aid:

  • Can be difficult to handle for those who lack manual dexterity
  • Has a speaker that can be easily clogged by earwax

An in-the-ear hearing aid is generally recommended for people with mild to severe forms of hearing loss. It can be custom made to either rest in the bowl-shaped portion of your outer ear as a full shell, or it can be made to fit only the lower part of your outer ear as a half shell.

Completely-in-Canal

Like the in-the-canal device, a completely-in-canal hearing aid can improve cases of mild to moderate hearing loss for adults. However, it is less likely to pick-up background or wind noise. The device also:

  • Lacks amenities, like a directional microphone or a volume controller
  • Is not as visible in the ear as larger models
  • Requires the use of an extremely small battery with a short lifespan

In-the-Ear

An in-the-ear hearing aid is typically recommended for people with mild to severe forms of hearing loss. It can be custom made to either rest in the bowl-shaped portion of your outer ear as a full shell, or it can be made to fit only the lower part of your outer ear as a half shell. This type of hearing aid is larger than the completely-in-the-canal and in-the-canal aids. It also: 

  • Requires a large battery that has a long working life
  • Can be easier to handle than smaller hearing aids
  • Is more noticeable than smaller hearing aids

Have more questions about hearing aids? Contact us!

At Earsmart Hearing Center, we provide the personalized hearing services and products you may need to improve or protect your hearing. If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing some form of hearing loss, don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help.


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