How to choose the right hearing aid?
Written by OrkaJan 12, 2021 - 5 min read
Choosing the right type of hearing aid can be overwhelming, so we've compared different types of hearing aids based on your features and lifestyle needs.
When choosing hearing aids, you might need to consider style, size, price and technology features. Here are some examples:
CIC Hearing Aids (Completely-in-Canal)A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid is specifically designed to fit your ear canal and it’s the smallest and the least visible hearing aid available. It’s best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. However, this type of device is more likely to pick up external noise such as wind. They also often don’t have special features such as volume control or a microphone. Smaller batteries mean they will require more frequent charging.
ITC Hearing Aids (In-the-Canal)An in-the-canal hearing aid offers a custom fit to your ear so it will be very comfortable. This type of device won’t be very visible compared to larger styles. It offers another great benefit of incorporating volume and memory controls, so it’s a good middle-ground option between larger more powerful styles and smaller less visible types that offer less control to the user. It’s great for those suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss.
ITE Hearing Aids (In-the-Ear)An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is a customized device that fits around the outside of your ear. The ITE hearing aid is a larger device, so short battery life shouldn’t be an issue. It has features that smaller styles don’t have such as volume control. It might pick up more wind noise than smaller hearing aids. They are also made in two styles — one that fits all of the outer ear called full shell and one that only fits the lower half (half shell). They are suitable for people with mild to severe hear loss.
BTE Hearing Aids (Behind-the-Ear)A behind-the-ear (BTE) device is the most common style in the world. It’s the biggest hearing aid available so the device provides the user with longer battery life and more power. The BTE style is the least discreet out of all hearing aids as it attaches behind your ear. It is available in different sizes and the new mini designs can be customized to be barely visible.
RIC and RITE Hearing Aids (Receiver-in-canal or receiver-in-the-ear)A receiver-in-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids appear similar to the BTE devices with the receiver fitted in the ear canal. It is a type of hearing aid that is known to be suitable for most hearing loss situations. The difference is that a small wire instead of a tube connects it to the speaker or receiver behind the ear. They are smaller than the typical BTE devices so are more discreet. It also comes with a bigger battery, which lasts longer. However, these devices are more prone to clogging from earwax. Orka One is RIC device that offers a discreet, modern, and minimalistic design. This self-adaptive device reduces noise and enhances speech in a wide range of environments for your comfort.
RIC is a very popular and powerful hearing aid style.
Open Fit Hearing Aids‘Open fit’ hearing aid is a device that doesn’t block the ears and allows natural sounds to pass through. It is similar to the BTE hearing aid with a very slim tube and a RIC or RITE device with a dome that sits in the ear. This style improves sound quality and reduces unnecessary noise (whistling) when used by people with more severe hearing loss.
How to Choose the Right Hearing Aids?Before even considering hearing aids as one of your options, visit a specialist and ask for their opinion. Some hearing losses are correctable by removing ear wax or treating an ear infection. Request a hearing test and seek a referral to an audiologist. They will help you choose a suitable hearing aid if you need one. Orka has a Remote Care service that allows you to make an appointment with an audiologist online. Orka also provides professional and expert online hearing tests for everyone.
Remote care makes it easier for you to talk with a professional audiologist.
Most hearing aids are offered on a trial basis so ask about it before your purchase so you can decide whether or not it’s the right fit for you. Also, don’t forget to check for the warranty of your new device that includes parts and labor. Make sure to do your research and go to a well-respected company for your device. Any misleading claims about devices correcting hearing loss or eliminating all background noise are false advertising that you shouldn’t trust.
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