Does Your Degree of Hearing Loss Determine the Size of Your Hearing Aid?
It used to be that if you had a "bad" hearing loss, you needed a big hearing aid to accommodate that hearing loss. The idea has always been, the worse the hearing, the bigger the hearing aid. With technological innovations as well as the strong demand for cosmetically appealing hearing aids that is no longer necessarily the case. People of various hearing loss degrees, are now fit with receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aids for example, which are considerably less conspicuous than your traditional behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids. A RIC hearing aid is a behind the ear hearing instrument, where the main body of the hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tiny wire connects the receiver in the canal, hence the name RIC. Custom in the ear hearing aids have also come a long way as far as being more cosmetically appealing, and at the same time being able to provide enough power to cover a significant hearing loss.
However, there are still advantages to having bigger hearing aids when you have a "bad" hearing loss, and patients should always consult with their Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist before purchasing any hearing aid. Also, when the hearing loss gets to be severe to profound larger hearing instruments are still advisable, even though traditional power instruments have considerably miniaturized as well.
For a full description of different hearing aid styles please visit our hearing aids page.
Remember, always consult a professional before making a hearing aid decision.
Till next time,
Kostas (Gus) Neoclis, Sc.D., CCC-A, Audiologist