he most comfortable hearing aids for you is the one that fits and works best. You want your hearing aid to be comfortable to wear, and you want it to work properly. Hearing aid technology takes place in the past decade. Smaller, more powerful, and more comfortable hearing aids are now standard.
The first step in choosing a hearing aid is talking to your audiologist about your lifestyle, your budget, and what you would like to get out of your hearing aids. However, it’s important to understand that there isn’t a single “most comfortable hearing aid” for everyone.
A few factors affect comfort:
a ) Your type of hearing loss
b) The shape of your ear canal
c) The size and shape of your ear
d) Your level of dexterity
We will talk you through the different types of hearing aids available, and recommend which ones would be best for you.
1) Receive-in-the-canal (RIC) and Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids
If you have mild to severe hearing loss, then the Receiver in the canal and Behind the ear hearing aids will be comfortable and suitable for you. These types of hearing aids are often a good choice for those who want to stream sound from their phone or television directly to their ears as they may offer more connectivity options than other devices. RICs are very discreet as they sit further into your ear canal. They come with a slim wire that connects the device to a small receiver behind your ear. BTEs are larger and sit behind the ear. They have great battery life and can be used in conjunction with earmolds to create additional protection from wax or water getting into them.
2) In the ear (ITE)
If you have mild to severe hearing loss then this could be the right choice for you. They are larger than IICs but smaller than Behind the ear (BTE), making them easy to handle. ITEs tend to be more affordable than IICs and can come with various features such as Bluetooth connectivity.
3) Completely in the canal /Invisible in the canal (CIC/IIC)
The smallest type of devices, CIC and IIC are customs made to fit deep within your ear canal. This makes them almost impossible to see when worn, but because they sit so far inside your ear, they can be difficult to insert and remove by yourself. Completely in the canal (CIC) or invisible in the canal (IIC) hearing aids sit deep in your ear canal, so they’re practically unnoticeable.
The final decision is completely up to you, and there’s no “wrong” answer at all. It’s important to make sure that you know your hearing aid options and which one suits your needs best. What works for someone else may not be the best option for you, so take your time making a decision. Even after you have decided, remember that it will still take time before you become accustomed to wearing your hearing aid. This can cause some issues, but keep practicing and adjusting it until you feel comfortable with how it fits in your ear.