Which hearing aid is right for me?

Before we recommend a type of hearing aid for you, our team considers multiple factors to ensure your hearing aid is comfortable, affordable, and fits with your lifestyle. We’ll consider both physical and personal factors, including:

The type and degree of hearing loss: How much hearing loss you have determines how much amplification you will need.

  • Your unique ear anatomy: Everyone’s ears are different so there may be some styles that are not possible due to your ear shape or existing medical recommendations.
  • If one or two instruments are needed: If you have a hearing loss in both ears, you should wear two instruments. This isn’t because they will make things twice as loud, but because (by mimicking the natural hearing process) they will give you a better sense of where sound is coming from.
  • Your specific communication needs: Take some time to consider the situations where you would like to improve your hearing. What do you want to achieve at work and at home? Some hearing aids are compatible with FM systems and Bluetooth devices, which can help certain professionals utilize communication technology more seamlessly. Informing our team helps us find the best solution for your hearing goals.
  • Comfort with handing the hearing instruments: The smaller the instrument, the smaller the controls and batteries. If your eyes or fingers cannot cope with handling small batteries and controls, a larger instrument would be a better solution.
  • The cosmetic appearance: Some patients prefer a less visible hearing aid. Discussing your personal preferences with our team helps us find the style that suits you best, but it’s important to note that not every style can accommodate your hearing loss.
  • Price: Finally, price is a significant factor for many patients. Luckily, hearing aids come in various price categories, and many medical insurance plans cover some costs associated with hearing instruments.

Common Types of Hearing Aids

Today’s hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all. Advancements in technology have allowed for slimmer, smaller, and less noticeable hearing aids that won’t interfere with your daily life. Learn more about the different types of hearing aids available at our Cleburne office:

Hearing Aid Styles:

Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids go over the ear and are connected with tubing to custom-fitted earpieces.

Open fit receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) aids are a newer design, and while still placed over the ear, they are extremely small and nearly invisible.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fill the entire bowl of the ear and part of the ear canal.

Smaller versions of ITEs are called half-shell and in-the-canal (ITC).

The least visible aids are completely-in-the-canal (CIC).

Our Cleburne audiologist and hearing aid specialist are experts in finding the right fit when it comes to hearing aids. If you have questions or concerns about the right type of hearing aid for you, be sure to let our staff know at your appointment.