What Types Of Hearing Aids Are Healthy For The Ears?

Suncoast AudiologyHearing Health, Hearing Loss

If you’re noticing a decline in your hearing, your audiologist would recommend using a hearing aid. Are these healthy? Which ones to use? Let’s find out.

Safety & Efficacy of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are generally safe, healthy, and effective. They work to amplify sound, helping those with hearing difficulties. However, buy your device from a qualified Doctor of Audiology to prevent potential issues and dissatisfaction.. Also, ensure they are prescription fit and adjust properly to enhance your quality of life.

Here are some options you can choose from:

In-the-Ear (ITE)

ITE hearing aids keep the auditory system active, preventing auditory deprivation. All its components fit in one custom-made unit sitting inside the ear. These don’t cost much and remain somewhat conspicuous. Their longer battery life, substantial build, and easy handling keep you stress-free.

Who Are These For?

  • Those who prioritize discreet appearance and convenience
  • For older adults who struggle with smaller aids
  • For mild to severe hearing loss

In-the-Canal (ITC)

Using high-quality ITC hearing aids that work best for higher frequencies reduces strain and fatigue from struggling to hear. These have an easy sound delivery but aren’t suitable for everyone and don’t help with significant hearing issues. Their lesser visibility also keeps you confident.

Who Are These For?

  • For mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Those who want a discreet option compared to ITE but with similar benefits
  • For those who can compromise on the natural sound experience

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

CIC devices are a tiny wonder. These have a genius petite design, amplify sound with deep in-canal placement, and hold immense power. They enhance your mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and social isolation that results from a lack of hearing.

Who Are These For?

  • People who want maximum discretion and effectiveness
  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

IICs are small enough to fit within the ear canal and offer an immersive sound experience. Their petite design helps keep moisture issues at bay. These can be expensive. But if you can hear all the important sounds and, thus, make better life decisions, it’s worth every penny.

Who Are These For?

  • Those seeking virtually invisible aids with advanced features.
  • For mild to moderate hearing impairments

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

RIC aids are widely used, comfortable, and of high quality. The receiver (speaker) sits in the ear canal; their size is much smaller, and they are customizable. Since these are superior devices, you may experience better hearing, translating into better body balance, continuous auditory stimulation, and also prevent tinnitus symptoms.

Who Are These For?

  • For a wide range of hearing losses
  • For those who prefer a blend of discretion and performance

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

BTE models are all-rounders enhancing your overall well-being and life satisfaction. These are easy to handle and care for and suitable for everyone. You won’t have to stress about their handling, expenses, and upkeep. Your ears will only thank you!

Who Are These For?

For varying degrees of hearing losses
For those who prioritize function and feature

Final Thoughts

Choosing a hearing aid is a personal journey. What’s essential is finding the perfect balance between top-notch functionality, lifestyle choices, and comfort to ensure getting all the health benefits. Because even mild discomfort can further impair your hearing abilities.
Consult our certified audiologist today to help you with your options. Schedule an appointment today!