HEARING AID TYPES

The Ideal Solution for YOUR Hearing Loss

At Hear Pure, we focus on providing individual solutions to hearing loss and don’t follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Every type of hearing aid is unique, and some are radically different. Your decision will affect sound amplification, comfort, battery life, and more. Many factors go into choosing the ideal solution for you, including your level of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and the results of your personal hearing tests. If a particular style of hearing aid doesn’t address your level of hearing loss or work with your lifestyle, it will not deliver the benefits you need. As part of your custom hearing loss treatment plan, we help you choose the right hearing aids for your type of hearing loss, needs, goals, and budget.

Understanding Hearing Aid Types

During your individual hearing loss assessment, we will determine the severity of your hearing loss, your level of activity, your lifestyle, and other factors. Based on those, we will recommend the hearing aid type that suits your needs best. Our recommendations may include one of the following types:

In-the-ear (ITE)

ITE, or in-the-ear, hearing aids are perhaps the most familiar of all hearing devices on the market. Full-shell models cover a large part of the outer ear and are visible. Half-shell models fit into the lower part of the ear and are less visible, but can still be seen. They work well for all degrees of hearing loss and, because they are larger, these hearing aids offer larger batteries for longer use times. The volume can also be adjusted quite easily.

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

RIC, or receiver-in-canal, hearing aids feature a two-piece design. The microphone and amplifier sit behind the back of the ear. The speaker itself fits completely within the ear canal and is virtually undetectable. Both halves are very small and unobtrusive, well-suited for those who prefer a more discreet hearing loss solution. Designed for those with moderate to severe hearing loss, these devices also feature Bluetooth connectivity.

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

BTE, or behind-the-ear, hearing aids sit behind the ear. A tube connects to a custom earpiece that nestles within the ear canal to amplify sound and improve your hearing. BTE hearing aids are well-suited for individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss and are among the simplest to insert and remove. Most models also include Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to your smartphone, tablet, and other devices.

Digital Hearing Aids: The Right Solution for You?

Once upon a time, analog hearing aids were your only option. Today, that’s not the case. Digital hearing aids are the superior solution and analogue options have fallen by the wayside.

Digital hearing aids do more than simply amplify sound: they digitise it, processing it, and then recreating it. The result? Cleaner sound with less background noise and interference. If you struggle to separate speech from background noise or find analoge hearing aids produce a frequency that is difficult to bear, digital hearing aids may be the right solution.

In addition, digital hearing aids also offer a number of other benefits that you won’t find with analoge types and that we feel make them well-suited to treat a wide range of individuals. These include the following:

  • Enhance speech so you can understand your friends and family even in noisy situations, such as restaurants.
  • Eliminate feedback and distortion for clearer sound and better hearing.
  • Automatic volume adjustments to match the environment reduce the need for manual adjustments.

Bluetooth Hearing Aids: Do They Really Make Life Easier?

Bluetooth is an omnipresent technology today, and for good reason. It offers direct, reliable connectivity for devices, and it does the same for your hearing aids. With Bluetooth, your hearing aids can connect directly to your smartphone, your tablet computer, and even some television models, delivering crisp, clear sound every time, without draining the battery quickly.

What Does “Wireless Hearing Aid” Mean?

 

Wireless technology has become so miniaturized and reliable that it is being built into hearing aids today. While all hearing aids are wireless in the sense that they are battery operated, not all models feature Bluetooth technology that allows them to connect to other devices, including other hearing aids. Wireless technology offers a very wide range of benefits for those with hearing loss, including the following:

  • Delivers crisp, clear music, speech, and other sound to both ears, even if it was originally picked up by just one hearing aid.
  • Increase or decrease the volume with the touch of a button.
  • Reduces ambient noise for a better listening experience.
  • Customise settings to suit your individual needs in specific environments, such as restaurants or crowded areas.
  • Stream entertainment and music directly from your device to your hearing aids.
  • Increase the volume of the TV without bothering those around you.
  • Have better conversations thanks to increased clarity of speech over ambient noise.
  • Seamlessly switch between devices or use a remote control to adjust hearing aid volume.

Does My Insurance Cover Hearing Aids?

 

There is no simple answer here. Some insurance policies do cover hearing aids. Others do not. The situation varies by state and by insurance plan. Not sure if your health insurance plan covers hearing aids? We’re happy to help. Contact us and we’ll check your coverage.

Request a Free Hearing Assessment

Why choose Hear Pure for your Hearing Aids?

  • Because we have the time to spend with you offering you easy access appointments Monday to Friday

  • We can see you at Home if you’re struggling to get out

  • Your hearing aid trial is free with no cost up front

  • We give you a lifetime of aftercare for free, seeing you for follow ups every six month – but please come in sooner if you need help

  • Your lifetime of free aftercare includes replacement receivers, cleaning your aids and help when you need it with your devices

  • As a local company, we care about helping everyone to hear better

To arrange an appointment, call 01244 311142 or visit one of our clinics.

Chester Clinic

2a Vicars Cross Road 
Chester
Cheshire
CH3 5NL

Call: 01244 311142

Wilmslow Clinic

1 Church Street, 
Wilmslow, 
Cheshire 
SK9 1AX

Call: 01625 403440

Wirral Clinic

Milner Road,
Heswall, Wirral
CH60 5RT

Call: 0151 342 6325