What Are The Best Hearing Aids?
With people living longer and loud electronic devices being used more regularly in our everyday lives – causing potential damage to our hearing – the need for hearing aids is growing.
As a result, the technology used in hearing aids is becoming more advanced thanks to the greater demand and ongoing research going into them. There are many types of hearing aids and many causes of hearing loss, so naturally there is a large variety of style, features and pricing to consider.
There is no single ‘best hearing aid’ as it completely depends on your level of hearing loss and which style is preferred by the individual, but there are certainly some recommended ones. Here’s a few of our favourites…
Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids
BTE aids have an earmould that fits snugly inside your ear, while the rest of the aid rests behind your ear. Some models have twin microphones, which let you switch between all-round sound and a more directional setting that helps you focus on what you want to hear in noisy places.
BTE Open Fit hearing aids have a small, soft earpiece at the tip of the tubing instead of an earmould. This type of fitting can be less noticeable than an earmould but is only suitable if your hearing loss is mild or moderate. It can give you a very natural sound.
We like: Verso 9 from ReSound
Receiver in the ear (RIE) hearing aids
Receiver in-the-ear (RIE) aids are often smaller than BTE aids because some part of the device sits inside the ear. Like BTE Open Fits, they can be easier to put in than an earmould if you find fiddly tasks awkward.
There are different RIE hearing aids for different levels of hearing loss. If your hearing loss is severe, you may need a type where the receiver sits in an earmould.
We like: Phonak Audeo q90 Smart Mini
In the ear (ITE) hearing aids
These fit entirely into your ear. The working parts are either in a small compartment clipped to the earmould or inside the moulded part itself.
We like: Widex Dream 440 Passion Fusion
Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids
These are even smaller than ITE aids, so they are less visible. Though they are unlikely to be suitable if you have severe hearing loss or frequent ear infections.
We like: Siemens Micon 7mi
Take the next step! With hundreds of different options available to you, why not seek impartial advice from our friendly expert team today? As we’re totally independent, we don’t push any particular brand or device, the service we offer is completely tailored to your individual needs. Arrange your free, no-obligation appointment with one of our local audiologists by calling our freephone number. Lines open between 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
Date: Tuesday 16th June, 2015
Published in: Hearing Aid Questions