Choosing the right hearing aid is important not only to ensure you get the right device to suit your hearing needs but also to help identify the device most in line with your lifestyle and personal aesthetic. Horizon Audiology, Inc. offers in-the-canal or ITC hearing aids as well as full-shell hearing aids as two options for patients who prefer a less-obtrusive device that’s still relatively easy to handle.
ITC Hearing Aids
In-the-canal hearing aids are favored because they’re relatively discreet while still providing ample functionality, especially for users seeking to address mild-to-moderate hearing loss. These aids are custom molded to fit perfectly into the user’s ear canal, adding comfort and preventing the device from becoming loose, which could fall out or lead to sound issues. Though ITC hearing aids are smaller than some other styles, they’re still large enough to accommodate features, such as touch-button mode and volume controls. While ITC aids can be visible to onlookers, opting for a flesh-toned model obscures the device to increase privacy.
Customization of ITC hearing aids starts with an earmold made by Horizon Audiology. Personalized hearing aids are known for their increased performance as well as their superior fit.
Full-Shell Hearing Aids
For people with mild-to-severe hearing loss, a full-shell hearing aid offers the ability to achieve new levels of clarity, easing communication and simplifying use for anyone who might struggle operating smaller devices. Full-shell hearing aids fill the outermost part of the ear, nestling into the ear’s shell (as the name suggests). In addition to being easier to grasp and maneuver than smaller, in-canal devices, full-shell aids are able to accommodate a larger battery, meaning less frequent maintenance, and they have space on the casing for optional controls. Like ITC hearing aids, full-shell models tend to be more visible than smaller aids but can be at least partially disguised given the right coloring.
Weighing Your Options
When deciding which hearing aid is right for you, consider the following:
- Are you looking for a custom-fit model, or are you okay with a device that’s more one-size-fits-all?
- Do you have limited dexterity or other mobility concerns that may influence how well you can operate a smaller aid and tiny controls?
- Would you like a hearing aid that has controls for volume, memory, and/or other functions right on the device itself?
- How concerned are you with visibility? Do you prefer a device that’s completely hidden, or is a flesh-toned device that’s partially visible a possibility?
- Smaller devices generally mean smaller batteries and more frequent battery changes. Will you remember to change your batteries as often as directed or is it worth getting a larger hearing aid that holds a more powerful battery?
- How tech savvy are you? Some hearing aids come with Bluetooth capability and smartphone connectivity, but those features are only exciting if you’re ready and willing to use them.
It’s also important to remember that personal characteristics, such as ear anatomy and level of daily activity, could influence your decision. For instance, someone who spends a lot of time exercising may need a device that fits more snugly than someone who’s more sedentary. Budget and cosmetic requirements may also be factors.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
While the price tag and convenience of over-the-counter hearing aids can be tempting, the only way to properly assess your hearing and identify the best treatment options is to have an evaluation done by a professional. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled audiologists, contact us online. You can also call our East Windsor office at 609-448-9730 or Pennington office at 609-303-0291. We’ll conduct a comprehensive hearing exam and introduce you to our full range of hearing aids, so you can make a confident, informed choice.