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Finding the right type of hearing aid

Do you want to improve your hearing but not sure what type of hearing aid is best for you? You’ve come to the right place. Use this page to find out about:

  • All the basic types of hearing aids
  • Facts and features to consider when choosing the right type for you

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Hearing aid type: In-the-ear

There are five types of in-the-ear hearing aids, ranging from the invisible-in-the-canal to the full shell in-the-ear hearing aid:

  • Suited for mild to severe hearing loss
  • The smallest style is virtually invisible, sitting inside the ear
  • The full shell style fits inside the outer part of the ear
  • All types are custom-made to suit the shape of your ear for optimal comfort and sound quality
  • Some models offer Bluetooth® technology so that you can stream sound from your phone, computer or TV
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4 facts about in-the-ear hearing aids

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1. Discreet and less noticeable than other hearing aid types
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2. Can be susceptible to ear wax and moisture build-up
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3. Rarely available with rechargeable batteries
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4. Some styles include Bluetooth® streaming and telecoil features

Tips from the experts

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Hearing aid type: Behind-the-ear

These are the most popular hearing aids for people with hearing loss.

  • Suited for mild to profound hearing loss
  • All components are housed behind the ear. A clear tube leads to an earpiece that fits inside your ear
  • Modern hearing aids are sleeker and slimmer than older versions and are great for people with dexterity difficulties or visual impairment
  • While modern behind-the-ear models are very discreet, they are not as invisible as in-the-ear hearing aids
  • Contain powerful technology and typically have more features than in-the-ear hearing aids
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4 facts about behind-the-ear hearing aids

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1. More powerful and versatile than in-the-ear hearing aids
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2. Rechargeable battery options available
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3. Some users find the behind-the-ear placement more comfortable
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4. Can often connect to and stream wirelessly from smartphones, TVs and tablets

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Invisible hearing aids

Modern hearing aids are more discreet than ever. Some are even practically invisible. Designed to be especially discreet, the smallest variants of in-the-ear hearing aids are placed inside the ear canal. Examples of these include:

  • Invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids
  • Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids

Sitting inside your ear canal, these are considered to be the most invisible hearing aids available. People are unlikely to notice them.

Several types of behind-the-ear hearing aids are also discreet and will not be particularly noticeable when worn. Behind-the-ear hearing aids come with more features and advantages, making them preferable for many wearers.

Invisible hearing aids

 

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Rechargeable hearing aids

Some hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries. An easy overnight charge allows for hassle-free maintenance. You'll no longer need to regularly replace batteries. This can be especially beneficial for those with dexterity challenges.

Rechargeable hearing aids

 

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Bluetooth® hearing aids

If you choose a hearing aid with Bluetooth® technology, you can connect it to your TV so you can hear the TV audio directly in your hearing aid.

It's also possible to connect a hearing aid to other Bluetooth® devices, like mobile phones, computers, and tablets. If you have an iPhone, then your Bluetooth® hearing aids can double as a wireless headset, allowing you to listen to music or make hands-free phone calls.

Bluetooth® hearing aids

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What to consider when researching hearing aid types

Guide to choosing hearing aids

Choosing the right model for you will depend on a few things. Our three-step guide will help you find the best hearing aid for you.

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