What Are the Different Types of Hearing Aids?

Almost 29 million US adults could benefit from using a hearing aid. Hearing loss impacts many people, so it’s important to understand the types of hearing aids available.

A hearing aid is a small device with a microphone, amplifier, and receiver to help those with mild to severe hearing loss. People suffer from hearing loss for a number of reasons, including age, disease, and trauma.

There are three main types of hearing aids. Each type of hearing aid has its benefits and differences. Before buying a hearing aid for you or a loved one, learn more about the types of hearing aids below.


Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Aids

This type of hearing aid uses a plastic tube that connects to its case and is placed behind the ear. It comes in many different styles and colors to help keep them discreet or make them more fun. This style is common for children, especially since they often need to go through several sizes as they grow.


Mini BTE Aids

This is a new type of hearing aid that is the same as the BTE, only much smaller. Mini BTEs have two types of ear molds users can choose from.

Mini BTEs tend to reduce feedback and the “plugged up” feeling so many people get when using a hearing aid. It is also less visible, something many people enjoy and appreciate.


In-the-Ear (ITE) Aids

An in-the-ear aid has all components and parts in a single shell that fits into the outer part of the ear. These are common hearing aids for tinnitus and other mild to severe hearing impairments.

There are two types: in-the-canal and completely-in-the-canal. The in-the-canal version can still be seen by others, while the completely-in-the-canal hearing aid is not.  

These are for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. In the ear hearing aids fit entirely into the canal and are one of the best types of hearing aids.


Types of Hearing Aids: Digital vs. Analog

Analog hearing aids are the simpler ones. These devices convert sound waves to make them louder through the device setup. Analog devices have a few controls and are generally less expensive than their digital counterparts.

Digital hearing aids work a bit differently and are a little more complex. Digital hearing aids also convert sound waves, but instead of making them louder, they convert them into a numerical code. The code is then read and amplified by the device.

Digital hearing aids are more technically advanced. These types of hearing aids are easier to adjust and often adjust automatically. Most people can hear more clearly with digital aids, but they do cost a bit more than analog aids.


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