Hearing Aid Types
Hearing aid types
There are a huge range of hearing aid types, shapes and sizes available to suit individual needs and hearing losses. Below we list the different hearing aid types Expression Audiology can help you with:
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid: suited to a very wide range of hearing losses. Consisting of an ear mould that fits into the ear and is connected to a small plastic casing containing the electronic components which sits behind the ear.
- Receiver in the ear hearing aid: comprised of a receiver encased in a shell that sits within the canal and is joined to the behind the ear hearing aid via a wire within a slim tube. This allows the 'BTE' hearing aid to become significantly smaller in size and providing cosmetic appeal through the thin, near invisible tube.
- In-the-ear hearing aid: an acrylic shell that contains all electronic components. It sits in the outer ear and ear canal.
- In-the-canal hearing aid: a smaller version of the in-the-ear hearing aid. This aid sits in the ear canal and extends partly into the outer ear.
- Completely in-the-canal hearing aid: sits completely and deeply in the ear canal and once in place, is only just visible when viewed from side-on. As it is smaller, it cannot accommodate some of the features available in the bigger aids such as a volume control. It usually has a little line attached for ease of removal.
- CROS hearing aid: can be helpful if you have poorer hearing in one ear. It consists of a microphone worn on the poorer hearing ear, which picks up sound and feeds it to a hearing aid worn on the better hearing ear.
- Bone conduction hearing aid: transfers sound into the ear via a vibrating device worn on the bone behind the ear. The vibrating device is usually held in place with a headband. This can be useful for those with chronically discharging ears or malformation of the ear canal.