Hearing Aid Options: An Overview

by Lindsay B. Robinson, HIA Program Coordinator

February 28, 2024


If you think you have hearing loss and have decided to take that next step to address it, the amount of information out there about hearing aids can be overwhelming. Hearing aid technology continues to make great strides with diverse options and features, and the information below may help guide you on your path to better hearing.


With various style options and technology levels available, choosing the right hearing aid tailored to your unique needs should come with careful consideration. The first and most important step in selecting a hearing aid is to have a consultation and hearing assessment by a licensed hearing care professional. The results of your hearing test will help determine the extent and nature of your unique hearing loss.


The licensed hearing care professional will consult with you about your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and personal preferences. There are different types of hearing aids available, each designed to address specific types of hearing loss and comfort preferences. Common types include:

   - Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

   - Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

   - In-the-Ear (ITE)

   - In-the-Canal (ITC)

   - Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

   - Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)


If you have severe or profound hearing loss that has not benefited from the use of a hearing aid, a hearing care professional may recommend a cochlear implant. Cochlear implants are surgically implanted medical devices that replace the function of a damaged inner ear (cochlea) and are designed to mimic natural hearing.


Hearing aid technology is now equipped with advanced features that enhance your ability to hear and communicate. Some features that you may want in your new hearing aids are:

   - Artificial intelligence to detect your environment and “learn” what noises you wish to focus on

   - Directional microphones

   - Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone calls and audio

   - Background noise reduction

   - Rechargeable batteries


Evaluate which features align with your specific desires and in which situations listening is most challenging for you. A licensed hearing care professional can provide options that are equipped with the most beneficial features for your daily life.


Hearing aids come with varying price points depending on their level of technology and any other professional services bundled with the price of the technology. You can discuss the many options available with your hearing care professional so they can offer choices that would fit your personal needs and requirements.


Choosing the right hearing aid is a personalized journey that is most successful when involving a licensed hearing care professional. Don't hesitate to explore the possibilities and embark on the path to better communication.


Take a few minutes to screen your hearing online


Reach out to a local hearing professional for a consultation

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