Hearing Aid Styles

What’s Your Style? Hearing Aids Available From Louisiana Ear Nose Throat & Sinus (LENTS)

Hearing aids have advanced dramatically since their invention in the late 1890’s. Today, you’re able to choose from an endless list of aids, options, and features. You no longer have to settle for hearing aids that aren’t able to provide the assistance you need. You have options.

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Hearing aids range from basic to premium, which extend beyond basic functions and include features that make your life easier and more enjoyable. To explore your options and the differences between hearing aid styles, read below or schedule your appointment with the expert audiologists at Louisiana Ear Nose Throat & Sinus.

The Difference in Performance and Options Between Styles of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are created to accomplish different goals for the patient. While some are created to provide basic, affordable hearing amplification, others are able to adapt to surroundings and feature advanced technology.

Basic Hearing Aids

The most affordable hearing aids provide basic amplification and have features that allow the wearer to make manual adjustments. These manual adjustments can help the aids function in certain environments, alter the settings, and turn the volume up or down.

Premium Hearing Aids

Advanced, premium hearing aids can adapt to surroundings automatically without the wearer having to manually adjust the settings. This makes the aids comfortable and easy to forget, and helps the wearer achieve optimal hearing regardless of what activity they are participating in or their surrounding environment. Premium aids also include convenient features and styles, explained in detail below.

Styles of Hearing Aids Available Through LENTS

The two main types of hearing aids are ITE (in the ear) and BTE (behind the ear). Each type includes several styles of aids to choose from.

In The Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids, as the name implies, are placed in the ear to aid the wearer in hearing. These aids are custom-made for the wearer and created based on an impression of the wearer’s ear. Types of ITE aids include:

  • Invisible In Canal: Created for hearing loss sufferers with mild or moderate loss, IIC hearing aids are small, custom aids that are invisible to others. IIC aids are placed behind the second bend in the ear canal.
  • Completely In Canal: Almost invisible to others, CIC aids are located deep down in the ear canal and are designed to also treat those with mild or moderate hearing loss.
  • In The Canal: Known for their comfort and ease of use, ITC hearing aids are designed for wearers with mild or moderate hearing loss. They offer long battery life and more features than IIC or CIC models, including the ability to control volume and microphones to help the wearer hear in crowded, noisy places.
  • Full Shell: The largest of ITE hearing aids, full shell aids are powerful and come with additional features and longer battery life. Full shell aids can treat those with mild and severe hearing loss.

Behind The Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Hearing aids that are placed behind or above the outer ear are called behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids. This type of aid sends sounds down into the ear by connecting to the tip of the ear or an earmold. BTE aids can be custom designed to fit the shape of the wearer’s ear and their unique sense of style. Types of BTE aids include:

  • Mini BTE: Mini BTE is a treatment for mild or moderate hearing loss. These hearing aids discreetly hide behind the outer ear and send amplified sound into the ear through wiring at the tip of the ear.
  • Receiver In Ear: Receiver in ear BTEs (RIC), are a form of mini BTEs that work for wearers with mild to severe hearing loss. RICs are worn on the ear and have a speaker that sends sound into the tip of the ear.
  • BTE with Earmold: A BTE with an earmold treats mild to severe hearing loss, and is longer than other forms of BTEs. The longer length allows the device to include additional features, including volume controls, and for the wearer to change settings.

Before you select the hearing aids that will bring you closer to the world around you, there are several things you need to consider first. Continue reading below or schedule your appointment with LENTS below to discuss with an audiologist.

What You Need to Consider Before Selecting Your Style of Hearing Aid

Knowing the different styles of hearing aids can help streamline your decision-making process -- guiding you towards choosing the right aids. There are several additional things you should know and consider before choosing what style of hearing aid will work best for you, including:

  • Budget
  • The severity of your hearing loss
  • Dexterity and vision
  • Desired features
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Health
  • Lifestyle

To view available models and reviews of hearing aids that may work for you, download the Consumer's Guide to Hearing Aids for free here.

Louisiana Ear Nose Throat & Sinus has decades of experience successfully fitting patients with hearing aids that improve their lives by bringing them closer to their friends, family, favorite activities, and more.

LENTS audiologists are trained to give you the best possible results and ease you into your new hearing aids. Schedule your appointment today.

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