The type of hearing aid you buy depends on your age, manual dexterity, ear conditions, degree of hearing loss, cosmetic preference and lifestyle. The best way to select the right hearing aid is to get guidance from your local hearing experts.

Behind-the-ear Style (BTE)

Advantages:

  • More powerful in amplifying sounds
  • Suitable for hearing loss of different degrees
  • Bigger size, suitable for old people whose manual dexterity is not so nimble
  • Easy operation, particularly suitable for young children and the elderly

Disadvantages:

  • Not so cosmetically appealing
  • Moisture/ earwax might be built up in the tubing
  • Earmoulds need to be re-tubed regularly. Replace the earmould tubing as soon as it begins to harden

Mini Receive-in-the-Ear Style (Mini Rite)

Advantages:

  • Suitable for clients with mild to severe hearing loss
  • Smaller than a traditional BTE, lighter and more cosmetically-appealing

Disadvantages:

  • Not suitable for clients with profound hearing loss

In-the-ear Style (ITE)

Advantages:

  • Suitable for clients with mild to severe hearing loss
  • The entire hearing aid can be placed in the ear

Disadvantages:

  • More difficult to operate due to its smaller size
  • Easy to be damaged by sweat or earwax
  • Not suitable for clients with profound hearing loss
  • Not appropriate for young children

In-the-canal Style (ITC)

Advantages:

  • Suitable for clients with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss
  • The entire hearing aid can be placed in the ear
  • Smaller than the ITE style

Disadvantages:

  • More difficult to operate due to its smaller size
  • Easy to be damaged by sweat or earwax
  • Not suitable for clients with severe or profound hearing loss
  • Not appropriate for young children

Completely-in-the-Canal Style (CIC)

Advantages:

  • Suitable for clients with mild to moderate hearing loss
  • The entire hearing aid can be placed in the ear
  • Smaller than the ITC style

Disadvantages:

  • More difficult to operate due to its smaller size
  • Easy to be damaged by sweat or earwax
  • Not suitable for clients with moderately-severe, severe or profound hearing loss
  • Not appropriate for young children

Invisible-In-The-Canal Style (IIC)

Advantages:

  • The smallest hearing aid, virtually invisible
  • Suitable for clients with mild to moderate hearing loss

Disadvantages:

  • Even more difficult to operate due to its smallest size
  • Easier to be damaged by sweat or earwax compared to other styles of hearing aids
  • Not suitable for clients with moderately-severe, severe or profound hearing loss
  • Not appropriate for young children

Different levels and model s of hearing aid have different style options, please visit Oticon Hearing Aids to know more.

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