The pros and cons of small hearing aids
You’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss and your hearing care professional recommends hearing aids. Thanks to today’s technology, you have a variety of styles and manufacturers to choose from, including some which fit so discreetly they are virtually invisible. Which one should you choose?
The most discreet small hearing aids include custom styles like completely in the canals (CIC) and invisible in the canals (IIC). Both of these types fit deep inside the ear canal, hidden in the contours of the ear.
Although social stigmas may have you leaning toward smaller, more discreet custom devices, these models aren’t suitable for everyone. How do you know if they are right for you? Here are a few pros and cons for you to discuss with your hearing healthcare professional.
Attractive and discreet
Not a good fit for all
Small size means some trade-offs
What if small hearing aids aren't right for you?
If your hearing care professional discourages you from wearing small custom hearing aids, it doesn't mean you are destined for devices that won't suit your style.
Small hearing aids aren't the only types that can be super discreet. Inconspicuous behind the ear hearing aids called receiver in the ear (RITE) or receiver in the canal (RIC) have surged in popularity in recent years in part because they are extremely discreet when worn. The devices themselves are small and sleek, fitting snugly behind your ears. They are coupled to the ear canal with a very thin, clear tube that will easily go unnoticed. The colors of the devices are designed to blend with most any hair or skin color.
RIC and RITE devices are lightweight, comfortable and can be fit on wearers who have even a severe hearing loss. They are easy to see and easy to handle, so they are often a satisfactory solution for people who don't want their hearing aids noticed.
Talk to your hearing healthcare professional
If this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. This isn’t a decision you have to make by yourself. The personal information you discuss with your hearing healthcare professional -- such as lifestyle needs, listening environments and budgetary concerns -- will help determine which hearing devices are best suited for your hearing loss.
It all begins with a hearing evaluation and consultation. Search the Healthy Hearing directory to find a qualified professional in your community.
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