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Types of Hearing Aids

With the help of our Audiologist, you will make an informed decision on which type of hearing aid to choose and from there, you pick which manufacture and model.

If, post testing you are diagnosed with a hearing loss that is suitable for rehabilitation via hearing aids, there are a number of options available to you. 

There are three main types of hearing aids. 

  • In the Ear hearing aids (ITEs) These are custom made hearing aids 
  • Receiver in Canal hearing aids (RICs)
  • Behind the Ear hearing aids (BTEs)

 

The explanations, advantages, disadvantages and images of these are below. The most important consideration when choosing a hearing aid is what type of hearing aid is best for my particular type and severity of hearing loss?

  • Most of our patients come to us with the knowledge they have a hearing loss and that they need a hearing aid however they have no idea what kind of hearing loss they have. 
  • Being aware of your hearing loss type and severity is crucial when selecting the right hearing aid for you. 
  • The patients that end up very satisfied with their hearing aids are the patients that select the best hearing aid for their hearing loss. 
  • We will advise you on what kind of hearing loss you have and which hearing aid package you should choose. 
  • Every hearing aid we provide is discreet and pretty much invisible unless you are looking for it. So, when selecting the type of hearing aid you want, use the guide below:

In the Ear Hearing Aid (ITE)

  • Custom made to fit your ear canal
  • Covers mild to severe hearing loss
  • Invisible
  • Good battery life
  • Very discreet and reliable
  • Unavailable in a rechargeable option, batteries is a requirement.
  • Unavailable with direct connectivity to phone/TV
  • Requires an experienced audiologist in impression taking to make sure the fit is perfect.
  • Not a good choice for patients with dexterity issues

 

Suitable for mild hearing loss.

Receiver in Canal

  • Direct connectivity to your phone and/or TV
  • Aesthetically appealing – can be made in a colour matching your hair colour.
  • Rechargeable
  • Excellent sound quality as natural sound is able to enter the ear canal.
  • Covers mild to severe hearing loss.
  • Flexible option for someone with a deteriorating hearing loss as a receiver strength can be increased
  • Very discreet.
  • Not suitable for people who are prone to moisture in the ear eg. people who suffer from wax build up or if you exercise a lot.

 

Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aid (BTE)

  • Suitable for all types of hearing loss as it can be made in a “power” option.
  • Rechargeable
  • Durable
  • Suitable for those who are prone to moisture in the ear.
  • Versatile
  • Less discreet than RICs or ITEs

 

Suitable for profound hearing loss.

Frequently Asked

Can I purchase hearing aids online?

You can but you shouldn’t. Hearing aids in Europe are a regulated product meaning that they should be dispensed by a professional. Hearing loss can sometimes be a sign of another, underlying health issue so getting a diagnostic hearing test with Walker Hearing Clinic to determine if you need a hearing aid should be the first thing you do. You could waste money on a hearing aid that you don’t even need. Caveat Emptor. 

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