Guide to Hearing Technology

When it comes to hearing loss, time is of the essence. The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the sooner you can get back to enjoying your life to the fullest. And unfortunately, many patients put off hearing aids until it’s too late. One major reason for this delay is simply the overwhelming number of hearing technology choices available.  

Here at ihear, we believe that when it comes to choosing your hearing aid, the experience should ultimately be a comfortable and rewarding one. Our mission is to make sure that you feel confident in your hearing aid choice. So, let’s discuss the different hearing technologies available and how to choose the one right for you.

Choosing the Right Hearing Technology

Before we dive into the various types of hearing aid styles and technology available, it’s important to discuss the key factors that influence the type that works for your particular hearing loss.

Your level and type of hearing loss

First and foremost, your instrument must work for your level of hearing loss. Some styles can treat only mild to moderate hearing loss, whereas others are better suited for severe hearing loss. All hearing instruments amplify sound, but you may benefit from one that can simultaneously cancel out tinnitus symptoms or reduce background noise. Or you might benefit from a hearing aid with hearing and activity tracking for a more holistic approach to your hearing loss.

Your lifestyle

Second, you should consider your lifestyle when choosing a hearing aid. Does your hearing aid need to be able to switch automatically between different soundscape settings? Would you be more comfortable with an invisible or in-the-canal option? And would you want a rechargeable model, so you don’t have to worry about carrying around spare batteries?

Types of hearing aid technology and styles

While only a professional and licensed hearing specialist can accurately determine which hearing technology is right for you, it doesn’t hurt to be informed. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the different technologies and hearing aid styles available today.

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE): the most common hearing aid style, perfect for first-time wearers. They are discreet, easy to use and include powerful sound quality features
  • Completely-in-canal (CIC): virtually undetectable and perfect for those suffering from mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Hearing & Activity Tracking: monitor and share your hearing health with select loved ones and healthcare providers through your smartphone
  • In-the-canal (ITC): discreetly sit inside the ear canal while still retaining powerful features for mild to severe hearing loss
  • In-the-ear (ITE): more discreet than their behind-the-ear counterparts and custom-made to sit comfortably in your ear
  • Invisible-in-canal (IIC): custom-made to be virtually undetectable and great for those suffering from mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Receiver-in-canal (RIC): small, discreet and easy to fit making them perfect for first-time wearers. Plus, our newest designs provide all-day comfort and durability
  • Rechargeable: most of our newer hearing aid designs benefit from rechargeable batteries and charging cases for greater mobility and freedom
  • Single-side Hearing Loss: designed for those with uneven hearing loss which affects one ear more than the other
  • Smartphone-compatible: most of our newer hearing aids connect directly to your Android or Apple devices via Bluetooth for enhanced functionality
  • Tinnitus: provide relief from tinnitus symptoms like buzzing and ringing and sooth those irritating sounds for better peace of mind

ihear Can Help Find the Right Technology for You

Your ihear hearing specialist can talk you through the difference in styles so you are in the best position to choose the right hearing solution for your needs. We will provide you with education and advice, answering any questions or concerns that you may have. Plus, we offer a risk-free trial period to ensure that you are completely comfortable with your choice before committing to one option.

Ready to treat your hearing loss? Schedule your free consultation today and get back to living your life on your terms.