Custom Hearing Aids: Types and Considerations

Posted on: March 16, 2018

Luckily for patients, the days when custom hearing aids were rare, expensive, and hard to get are in the past. Because of the advancements in digital as well as audio technology, there has been a significant improvement in hearing aids which are now available in many different sizes and styles. Due to this, custom hearing aids are the rule rather than the exception.

Things to consider

When selecting a hearing aid style, a hearing specialist will collaborate with the patient. During the consultation, our team will go over the patient's needs and desires to determine which style is right for the patient. Here are some of the things to consider:

#1. The patient’s budget

One of the most important factors to take into consideration is the amount of money the patient wants to spend and is able to spend on getting the right hearing aid.

#2. The power requirements

When deciding on the type and style of a custom hearing aid, it is important that the type of power requirements to restore a patient's hearing are in place.

#3. Cosmetics and skin sensitivities

How the hearing aid looks and feels and two very important components when picking a custom hearing aid. Making sure that it is the right shape, the right style, the right color, and that it does not create sensitivity to the skin are important factors to consider so that the patient has what he or she needs.

Hearing aid styles

While there are two basic styles of hearing aids, there are multiple options and variations for patients. Patients can customize these choices to ensure the hearing aids meets the specific needs of the patient. Some of the styles include:

Invisible in the canal

Hearing aids that are invisible in the canal are the smallest and newest type of hearing aids available. These are devices that fit deep inside the ear canal and take advantage of the natural acoustics of the ear. These hearing aids can only work for mild to moderate hearing loss. Nonetheless, these hearing aids are still completely invisible.

Completely in the canal

Hearing aids that are completely in the canal are very small hearing aids that are inside the ear canal. These hearing aids usually attach to a removal string since they rest so deep in the ear canal. Completely in the canal, custom hearing aids are also typically for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Half shell

The Half-shell model fills half of the outer ear for people who desire to wear a small hearing aid but have mild to severe hearing loss. Due to their size, half shell hearing aids typically have a longer battery life and allow the patient to choose from more options.

Full shell or in the ear

A full shell hearing aid is the largest type of hearing aids that go into the ear. Full shell hearing aids fill the entire ball of the outer ear. This large size allows for a maximum number of controls and features.

Schedule a consultation today

If you are considering custom hearing aids, we recommend that you give us a call to determine if behind the ear or in the ear hearing aids are best for you. Call now to schedule your appointment.