You have been diagnosed with hearing loss, and your Audiologist has suggested you to take hearing aids. Till then it is well and clear! But the most confusing question is, “Which hearing aid would suit me the best?!” There are so many to choose from - starting from the stylish ones, the easy-to-handle ones, the technologically advanced and smart ones to the small and completely invisible ones.

 

Pros and Cons of Small Hearing Aids

So which one should you choose?

About 80% would go for smaller hearing aids - like the ITE, ITC, CIC or the IIC - which would remain hidden in the ear, and not be seen by anybody else from outside. It is because a majority of the people are worried about what others would think, hence they deny showing their weaknesses. But often small hearing aids fail to show the expected outcomes as might have been shown by the larger ones. It is because small hearing aids often do not suit everybody! So before arriving at a solution, go through their pros and cons! These will help you choose the right hearing aid!

 

Pros

  • Very small in size, making them completely or nearly invisible

  • No external tubes or wires

  • Light-weight with custom-made sizes that fit inside your ear canal, thus making them absolutely comfortable to wear

  • Perfect for people having mild to moderate hearing loss

  • Due to their proximity to the eardrum, it needs less power for them to transmit the sound to your middle and inner ear

  • Provides much natural sound as there is no or little feedback (whistling) sounds as there is no plastic mold present. This also frees the user of the feeling of an ‘occlusion effect’ which renders in them a sensation of talking ‘in a barrel’!

  • Since these hearing aids are seated inside your ear canal, they are protected by the outer ear - thereby being shielded from the wind sounds while enjoying outdoor activities. Also due to their advantageous position, users of small and invisible hearing aids can have a better experience while using telephone and headsets! Yes, a plus point for song lovers!

 

Cons

  • Not at all fit for all - especially for people with severe to profound hearing losses. BTE hearing aids work best for these hearing loss types.

  • Associated with having dexterity issues - that is, elderly people and children, in most of the cases, are not able to handle these devices properly due to their extremely smaller size

  • Features can be limited as due to small size, they are not powerful

  • You will need to change batteries more often than those in BTE or other larger models

  • It is often difficult to see or feel the controls properly due to the tiny sizes of these hearing aids - thus often making you confused about how to change their functionalities. It makes all the more difficult for people with weak eyesight!

  • Not recommended for people with ear infections - such as in the cases where there is an excessive accumulation of earwax, or pus or other ear fluids coming out from the ear canal. This will not only damage these hearing aids, but will also ruin your hearing experience, thus making you feel uncomfortable!

Now that you are well aware of each side of the coin when it comes to small hearing aids, you can now set your preferences which will further guide you in taking the right decision. But always make sure to consult a certified Audiologist. A good decision taken now can change your entire life!