The Many Types Of Hearing Aids
If you need to get a hearing aid, either for yourself or a loved one, then you have four main options. Each offers certain benefits and drawbacks. To help you get a better idea of which is most suited for your needs, here is a brief overview of each:
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) - Your first option is also the most visible. BTE units rest behind the near, as the name would suggest, which means that they are quite easy to spot. If someone is looking at you from the side or behind, they will see the actual hearing aid fairly quickly. When someone is looking at you from the front, they will likely see the wire leading to the components that rest inside the ear. However, only a small portion of the hearing aid actually rests inside the ear, which can be a lot more comfortable. If you value comfort and being able to easily remove a hearing aid, then a BTE unit might be your ideal option.
On-the-Ear (OTE) - Next you have OTE units, which are a little smaller than BTE's, yet mostly function in the same way. As you might expect, this miniaturization can lead to either higher costs or reduced quality and power. If you want an OTE that has the same effectiveness as a BTE, then you will need to pay more. Ultimately, if a BTE unit sounds good to you, but you want something that is a little easier to conceal, then an OTE hearing aid might appeal to you.
In-the-Ear (ITE) - Your third choice is quite a bit different and mostly rests inside the ear. This does make the hearing aid a lot easier to hide, since it won't be particularly visible if someone is looking at you from the side. That being said, they are still easy to see if someone is looking at your head directly from the side. If you want, you can get a flesh-colored ITE unit, which will be pretty hard to see at a passing glance. If you want to hide your hearing aid, but don't want it to be too deep in your ear, then an ITE unit is a good pick.
In-the-Canal (ITC) - Finally, you have ITC units, which rest deep inside the ear. They are the least comfortable and need to be shaped to fit your ear, but they are practically invisible in almost all cases. If you absolutely need to hide your hearing aid, then you can't do much better than an ITC unit.
To learn more about hearing aids, contact a company like Clarity & Comfort Hearing Center.