Considerations When Picking A Hearing Aid

If you need to get a hearing aid, either for yourself or a loved one, then there are several different options to choose from. Basically, you will need to choose behind-the-ear (BTE), on-the-ear (OTE), in-the-ear (ITE), or in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids. To help you get a better idea of which hearing aid is the best fit for your situation, here are some benefits and considerations to keep in mind:

Do You Value Concealment?

A big concern for many hearing aid users is just how visible the hearing aid will be. Most hearing aids come in a variety of colors, so you shouldn't necessarily make your decision based on coloration. As you might expect, smaller hearing aids will naturally be easier to hide. Hearing aids that are actually placed inside the canal will be much harder to see by the average passerby. 

When it comes down to it, ITC units will be the least visible, followed by ITE units. Both of these units are inside the ear, which means that they can't really be seen when someone is looking at you from behind or straight ahead. ITE units might still be seen from the side since they do protrude from the ear a bit.

On the other hand, OTE and BTE units rest outside the ear, which means that they are pretty easy to see at all times. You can get flesh-colored hearing aids on the outside of your ear, and that will help decrease their visibility, but they won't be particularly hidden.

How Sensitive Are the Ears in Question?

If you or your loved one have particularly sensitive ears, then some hearing aids will be more appealing than others. ITC and ITE units are pretty intrusive and can rest deep inside the ear. On the other end of the spectrum, you have BTE and OTE units which are almost entirely outside the ear, with the exception of a few small elements. The gist of the situation is that units that are deep inside your ear will be more uncomfortable to wear and might even be difficult to remove.

Are the Ears in Question Developing?

If you are getting a hearing aid for a child, whose ears will change shape over the course of the next several years, then you don't necessarily want to commit to a highly-customized unit like an ITC or ITE. Both of those units must be fitted very precisely for the ear that wears them. The ears of a child will change dramatically, which can lead to an ill-fitting hearing aid a mere few months after they are fitted. Instead, you might want to think about getting an OTE or BTE, since those can be pretty easily adjusted for use inside the ear.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Hearing Solutions from Audicorp Ltd.