Those suffering from hearing loss often would like to get hearing aids, but, at the same time, they may be worried about how these devices will look on them. Fortunately, hearing aids come in a variety of styles that will suit just about anyone.
Completely in the Canal
Those who suffer only mild or moderate hearing loss can get hearing aids that are almost completely invisible to others. These devices fit entirely in the ear canal.
Not only are these hearing aids nearly invisible, but they also have other advantages. They are the smallest type of hearing aid, and they pick up less wind noise than other types of hearing aids.
These devices, though, also have some disadvantages. They use tiny batteries that can be hard to handle and have shorter lifespans than other batteries. They also do not come with some of the advanced features other hearing aids have, such as volume control, and earwax has a tendency to clog them.
In the Canal
In-the-canal hearing aids partially fit in the ear canal. Like with completely-in-the-canal devices, they are for those with mild or moderate hearing loss.
These devices, too, are less visible than most other hearing aids. They further add features not found in completely-in-the-canal devices, though sometimes these features can be difficult to use. Like with completely-in-the-canal devices, earwax has a tendency to clog them.
In the Ear
These devices come in two styles: full shell, which covers the entire outer ear, and half shell, which covers only the bottom half of the outer ear. They are also for those with mild or moderate hearing loss.
Advantages of this type of device include that they come with advanced features, such as volume control. They further use larger, longer-lasting and easier-to-use batteries.
Disadvantages include that they are more visible to others. They also pick up more wind noise than in-canal devices and they, too, can clog from ear wax.
Behind the Ear
These devices fit behind the ear and are the most common type of hearing aid. They work for most kinds of hearing loss.
While these devices in the past have been large, a few newer models are small and less visible. These devices also amplify sounds better than other devices, though they also pick up more wind noise as well.
Receiver Either in the Canal or the Ear
These devices are similar to behind-the-ear models, with the exception that the device's receiver is located either in the canal or the ear.
These devices are less visible than behind-the-ear models, but they are more prone to earwax build-up.
These devices are also a variation of behind-the-ear models, which keep the ear canal open, and they are good for those whose hearing impairment is either mild or moderate.
The advantages of these devices include that they are less visible than behind-the-ear devices, and they will sound better than other styles. But they are also harder to handle.