If you recently learned you could benefit from hearing aids, you’ll want to know a little more about which styles and models are available. Although your hearing health professional will provide all the assistance you need, this handy guide will give you more information about the three types of hearing aids.

1. Behind the ear (BTE) 

BTE devices are, perhaps, the most well-known type of hearing aids currently on the market. With these devices, the main components of the hearing aid are housed in a small ‘case’ that sits just behind your ear. This section is connected to an earpiece, which sits inside the outer part of your ear. 

BTE devices are extremely popular and can provide a fantastic auditory experience. You’ll find BTE models with a wide range of features, including wireless connectivity. Additionally, BTE devices are available in various colors and finishes, so you can choose a hearing aid that matches your skin tone or hair color or opt for something more vibrant and conspicuous. 

2. In the ear (ITE)

As the name suggests, in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids sit within the outer portion of your ear. Your hearing health professional will take a mold of your outer ear so that the shell can be custom-made for you. All of the device’s components are housed within this shell, so there’s no need for a separate element to be worn. 

Again, ITE hearing aids are available with a range of features, such as tinnitus masking and Bluetooth compatibility. Although ITE hearing aids are visible, they’re more discreet than BTE devices and barely noticeable. They’re also available in a range of colors, so you can choose a device that matches your skin tone if you want to minimize the appearance of your hearing aid. 

3. In the canal (ITC)

ITC hearing aids are the most inconspicuous style, so they’re ideal if you don’t want people to know that you’re using a hearing device. As they fit within the ear canal itself, they’re barely visible at all, but their small size can mean that they’re a little fiddly to adjust or maintain. 

Although ITC hearing aids do come with a range of features, some ITC devices may not have as many features as other styles. This is because the smaller size means there’s limited room when it comes to which features can be incorporated. However, you’ll find that ITC hearing aids offer impressive functionality, with many models offering automatic acclimatization adjustment and app-controlled adjustments. 

Which style of hearing aid is right for you? 

Finding the right hearing aid depends on a number of factors. The type and severity of your hearing loss will determine which types of hearing devices are most suited to your needs, for example. Your hearing health professional will offer advice regarding which models can provide the best auditory experience. However, your lifestyle, comfort, and personal preference are important factors too.

By seeking professional advice and trying out a range of styles, you can determine which types of hearing aids are right for you.