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Which type of hearing aid is right for you?

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Once you've called in for a free hearing test with us and our expert audiologists have checked you over, it's usually time for something that can cause confusion among people.

This is choosing the correct device and, while there are a wide range of hearing aids out there, ensuring you end up with the right one doesn't have to be a tortuous process.

Our experts will be able to guide you through exactly what you need although it's worth having a read up on just what sorts of devices are out there before calling into one of our branches.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids

The most common form of hearing aids are 'behind-the-ears' or BTEs.

As you would expect, these sorts of devices nestle in behind the ear, with the casing attached to an earmould or earpiece with clear tubing.

These prove popular because they can be used with various earmould types and are easy to clean and maintain while also proving resilient.

They are also the most inconspicuous of the hearing aid types, with modern ones barely noticeable to the passer-by.

Mini BTE aids

Mini BTE aids are essentially a smaller, reduced version of the standard models but, don't be fooled, as they can more than hold their own.

They reduce the sensations of blockage that people often complain of within the ear canal while maintaining the levels of comfort and reduced feedback that are so essential to wearers of hearing aids.

Furthermore, as they are so much smaller than others on the market, they are even less noticeable than their larger counterparts.

In-the-ear (ITE) aids

Fairly simple really, ITE devices have all of the various parts that others have but are conveniently located within the ear.

These generally take slightly more adjusting to but they offer a real boost for people's hearing, especially from those who suffer badly from deafness.

In-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) aids

Held in tiny cases within the canal, these are the smallest hearing aids on offer and are one of the most powerful when it comes to amplifying hearing levels.

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