The generic term we apply to all four types of hearing aids says it all. They aid, assist, and clarify what partly-deaf people can hear. However, they can never restore their lost hearing. The sad reality is it is gone forever.
Each of the four types of hearing aids helps their user understand conversations more clearly. That’s because they are able to de-emphasize background noises, while focusing on the frequency range of human speech.
However, we should mention in advance that hearing aids of any type can only assist people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Here’s a handy chart to help you decide whether you need hearing assistance, and which one of the four types of hearing aids could help you achieve this.
People with regular hearing can hear leaves rustling as they blow along sidewalks, while those with mild to moderate loss struggle to understand conversations to a greater or lesser degree.
However, those with moderately poor hearing may also struggle to hear phones and doorbells from other rooms. This is the outer limit where wearable hearing aids could help.
Behind The Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids – The Basic Solution
BTE hearing aids were the first of the fully-wearable types of hearing aids that appeared to replace body-worn ones. These were typically about the size of a pack of playing cards and carried in a pocket or on a belt.
Hence, the open fit hearing aids that tucked behind ears were a welcome improvement because they seemed unbelievably small.
Behind the ear hearing aids continue to be the most popular choice, because they have the most affordable prices. However, they still connect to users’ ear canals via flexible tubes, and these may be inconvenient for active people, and those who like to doze off on the couch watching TV.
For these reasons many Blue Angels clients are willing to pay a little bit more for the added convenience of receiver in the ear hearing aids we describe below.
The Added Convenience of Receiver in the Ear (RITE) Hearing Aids
RITE hearing aids fit into the outer ear bowl, with their technology tucked into the top of the ear canal inside. They can be a great boon for active people, and can better withstand a light shower of rain. They are also coming into their own in the COVID phase. That’s because there are no plastic tubes to snag with face masks when users try to remove them.
However, receiver in the ear hearing aids inevitably cost a bit more than the behind the ear alternative. That’s because the technology needs to be more compact to fit into the ear canal. Moreover, the outer part fitting into the ear bowl is more obvious, and this can cause some users to feel a bit embarrassed.
In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids – The Best of Both Worlds
ITE hearing aids represent the optimum balance between high tech, affordability, and user convenience. That’s because they are less obvious, but still able to contain the advanced features of BTE hearing aids.
These types of hearing aids are a remarkable step forward, given the fact they are flush with the opening of the ear canal, which is much smaller than the outer ear bowl.
There are no plastic tubes to irritate face masks, and they are fairly well-protected in the event of a sudden cloudburst. Yet despite this, they can be surprisingly affordable, depending on the supplier.
In the Canal (ITC) and Completely In the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids
It could be said, and with good reason, that ITC and CIC hearing aids are over the top, unless you have a movie star budget. That’s because users have to pay much more for a device that delivers less for their money. They are also too small to have directional microphones and their batteries are so tiny they have a short charge life.
Besides, would you really want to walk around all day long with an ear-plugged feeling, unsure where voices are coming from? You would have to fiddle around with a tiny string to pull them out, and there’s always a worry, no matter how slight it could snap accidentally when you lost patience.
Consider Blue Angels Before You Pay Premium Prices
Did you know when you pay $1,500 for a pair of hearing aids, a considerable amount of that goes to the audiologist and the landlord / bank manager? Blue Angels supplies behind the ear hearing aids, and in the ear hearing aids direct from the factory, and the savings go to you the customer.
Those prices in our photos are for not one, but for two rechargeable hearing aids including shipping, cleaning tools and accessories. You may never have another opportunity to improve your hearing at a price so low.
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