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What are the Most Comfortable Hearing Aid Styles?
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What are the Most Comfortable Hearing Aid Styles?

Published On: June 19, 2019

What are the Most Comfortable Hearing Aid Styles?

When you are needing to wear a hearing aid for over 12 hours a day, finding the most comfortable style will no doubt be of great importance to you. But does comfort necessarily give you the most benefits overall?

In this post we are going to take a look at the most and least comfortable hearing aid styles and show you benefits of each, so that you can compare and see what is right for you and your needs.

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Most Comfortable

1) ITEs – In the Ear

These have everything contained into a custom-fit simple casing. They come in two styles; one that fits into the bowl-shaped part of your ear, or one that fits only the lower part.

Good for: Mild to severe hearing loss

Pros: More features such as volume control, easy to use and handle, basic switches, longer battery life

Cons: Larger and more visible, earwax may clog the speaker, susceptible to ear wax


2) BTEs – Behind the Ear

These sit behind or on top of the outer ear and have a custom-made mold that fits into your ear canal without blocking the whole opening.

Good for: Any type of hearing loss, but ideal for severe

Pros: Different colors available to match skin or hair, new designs are barely visible, more powerful amplification than other styles, easy to clean, less susceptible to damage

Cons: May pick up some wind disturbance

RECOMMENDED MODEL: ReSound LiNX Quattro or Unitron Stride

3) mBTEs – Mini Behind the Ear

These are similar to the BTE style and hide behind the outer ear. They have a custom-made mold to suit each wearer with a receiver inside the ear canal.

Good for: Mild to moderate high frequency losses

Pros: Easy to use, less visible than other comfortable styles, fit snugly, natural and open feeling

Cons: Less features, not as durable


Less Comfortable

1) IICs – In the Canal

These fit partly into your ear canal and are custom molded to fit.

Good for: Mild to moderate hearing loss in adults

Pros: Less visible than larger over ear styles

Cons: Susceptible to wax and moisture build up, less comfortable than on ear devices, difficult to adjust features due to small size, small battery size


2) CICs – Completely in The Canal

These fit completely in the ear canal and are a more secure fit than IICs.

Good for: Mild to moderate hearing loss in adults

Pros: Smallest type of hearing aid, least visible, less sensitive to outside noise and unlikely to pick up wind noise

Cons: Less ease of use, shorter battery life, no extra features, earwax can clog speaker


Decided on Which Type of Hearing Aid is Right for You?

Now that you understand a bit more about what the most comfortable hearing aids are as well as the pros and cons of each, we hope you have a clearer idea of what is right for you. Take a look at this article for more details on some of the recommended models mentioned, as well as more of our favorites.