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Many people will tell you that hearing aids are bulky and uncomfortable. But those people probably have an older model hearing aid or have never worn one.
The stigma of hearing aids no longer exists and there are so many styles of hearing aids today that suit different wearers’ hearing loss needs and cosmetic preferences. Here are some facts about a few hearing aid fit styles to help you determine which one you think is right for you:
Open Fit Behind the Ear – This kind features a receiver that fits into your ear canal with thin tubing that securely connects to a speaker behind your ear. Speakers are lightweight and difficult to see behind the ear, and tubing blends in with your skin tone. Models like these often have the best sound quality and some are even compatible with Bluetooth technology.
Behind the Ear – Cleaning is easy with this model, which has a curved shape that mimics the shape of your ear. It feels as discreet as it looks because it fits so closely behind the ear. But there’s no need to worry over using extra care with this kind of hearing aid because its solid structure makes it especially durable.
Comfort Styles – Function meets fashion with these models that discreetly fit partially into the ear canal without sacrificing high performance. Most are custom so that the in-the-canal part will fit as comfortably as possible.
Cosmetic Styles – These are the smallest and most difficult-to-see hearing aid options out there. They’re best for someone with an active lifestyle that can’t be bothered with a hearing aid that whistles or needs adjustment. Most are custom molded and fit completely in the ear canal, which means that others near you won’t be able to tell that you’re wearing a hearing device.
Visit a hearing aid center if you think you may be experiencing hearing loss and take advantage of a free hearing test to help determine what kind of hearing aid will best suit your needs.