How to Choose a Hearing Aid

Loss of hearing sometimes comes with age, ear injury, exposure to loud noise or infections. If it is time for you to shop for a hearing aid, you may be wondering are invisible hearing aids right for you. Here is some information to help you choose.

Types of Hearing Aids

  • Behind the Ear – This type rests behind the ear and tubing connects it with an earpiece in the ear canal.
  • In the Ear – Also called a full shell, this one covers the outer part of the ear. Being large, it is easy to remove and adjust.
  • In the Canal – This one goes partially into the ear canal and is less noticeable that the full shell version.
  • Completely in the Canal – This hearing aid goes inside the ear canal. It could be difficult for certain people to handle, since it is very small.
  • Invisible in the Canal – These fit deep in the canal and are appropriate for people with slight to moderate hearing loss.

 

Factors to Consider

  • Severe Hearing Loss – If your hearing loss is severe, you may need a larger type of hearing aid.
  • Excessive Earwax/Infections – Smaller hearing aids may not be a good option as earwax and the fluid in the ears can damage the aid.
  • Manual Dexterity – If you have arthritis or difficulty handling small objects, you may need a larger hearing aid so you can easily remove it, replace the battery, and adjust it.