Hearing aids are the best forms of hearing loss treatments as they not only help the hearing impaired person hear better, but also have no risks of any side effects. Today hearing aids have become so advanced that anyone would love wearing them. The modern digital hearing aids even have the capacity to amplify sounds better than natural hearing of human beings. A majority can amplify natural sounds, which is incredible indeed.

There are many hearing aids types that serve many customised functions to meet the specific needs of the hearing impaired person. Hearing aids can be classified based on the design, the technology used, the features they provide and the lifestyle of the hearing impaired person. Let’s look at the individual features of each of these types -

  • Based on the design of the device, it comes in various types, like, behind-the-ear (BTE), mini-BTE, in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), completely-in-the-canal (CIC), invisible-in-canal (IIC).

  • The technology based hearing aids types can be classified into two categories, namely, the Analog, which are microchip programmed, and the Digital, which convert sound waves into digital signals.

  • Hearing aids types that are based on the various features that they provide, most devices are equipped with the directional microphone, the direct audio input, the T-coil or telephone switch, and the feedback suppression.

  • According to lifestyle choices of the hearing impaired people, mainly the simple, social, outdoor and vibrant ones, hearing aids types can be divided into various other categories that serve the specific needs of the patients. Also, there are special hearing aids types that are built into the stethoscopes of hearing impaired medical practitioners.

Before taking any decision on which hearing aids types to choose, always make a detailed analysis and comparison of the various manufacturers to check out the different features provided by them, and then decide which manufacturer would best meet your specific hearing needs. Always check whether the following parameters are present in these hearing aids types -

  • Value for money

  • Sound quality

  • Performance

  • Reliability

  • Ease of fit

  • Size

  • Ease of use

  • Customer support service

  • Connectivity like bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies

  • Durability

  • Battery life

  • Rechargeability

  • Aesthetics

Apart from these, there are other specific factors that a person might look for in different hearing aids types according to his/her unique needs, which include tinnitus (ringing in the ear) management options, binaural ("wireless ear-to-ear system") technology, noise reduction, feedback suppression or cancellation, and other such technological innovations. Different manufacturers specialize in different parameters that suit specific people according to their requirements.

However, it is strictly suggested that you should always consult an Audiologist before taking any decision. It is only your Audiologist who will choose the right hearing aids types for you according to your hearing loss and your adjustability to amplification. In the end, the success with hearing aids depends more on your adaptability and adjustment with them.