Types of Hearing Aids

Types of Hearing Aids


There are many different styles of digital hearing aids suitable for all types of hearing loss, and the two main types of hearing aids are those that sit behind the ear, and those that are fitted inside the ear. 

So what’s the right type for you? Find out what to consider when choosing a hearing aid. With so many options available, we've put together a guide to help you better understand each type of hearing aid.


Styles of hearing aids 

Gone are the days of bulky analogue hearing aids, today we have digital hearing aids that can be moulded to match the exact shape of your inner ear. And rather than just increasing the volume of all sounds around you, modern digital hearing aids can filter out noises, giving you a less overwhelming journey into hearing everyday sounds.


Receiver in the canal (RIC)

Sitting behind the ear Receiver In the Canal hearing aids contain a microphone and amplifier. The amplifier is on the end of a thin wire that is placed within the ear. A great option for mild to severe hearing loss, this type of hearing aid is available in different shapes and colour - depending on if you'd like your hearing aid to be discreet or standout.


Behind the ear (BTE)

As you can guess from the name, behind the ear models sit exactly where it suggests - behind the ear. Like RIC hearing aids, they come with a thin wire that sits within the ear. However, unlike the RIC, the amplifier sits in the case behind the ear and sound travels through the wire into the ear. They're great for people who have limited dexterity.


In the ear (ITE)

Worn completely in the ear or ear canal, in the ear models are custom fit to the shape of the wearer's ear. Offering a discreet, comfortable and often technology compatible hearing aid, in the ear hearing aids are great for glasses wearers, but not necessarily for those with dexterity issues. 


Completely in the canal (CIC)

A popular option if you lead an active lifestyle, or want a hearing aid that's discreet, completely in the canal hearing aids are small and almost unnoticeable from most angles. They're custom-fitted to the shape of the wearer's ears. Due to their size, additional features can be limited.

To understand which type of hearing aid fits bests with your lifestyle, book an appointment with our Hearing Aid Audiologist - they'll be able to talk you through your options and answer any questions you may have. 

Hearing Aid Features

There are a lot of choices when it comes to picking the right hearing aids for you. There are products that can connect directly to your mobile - making phone calls easier to hear or have the ability to translate other languages. As well as invisible models that make it hard to spot you're even wearing a hearing aid and rechargeable options that take the hassle out of remembering to change the batteries. New technology offers amazing features, so it's worth considering which features will be most beneficial to your lifestyle. 



We understand that wearing hearing aids can sometimes be met with hesitation, due to concerns from the wearer about how they are perceived. With our invisible range, you can enjoy all the benefits of better hearing, without feeling self-conscious.

Invisible hearing aids fit into the ear canal, meaning they can't be seen in the outer ear. These tiny, discreet hearing aids are usually custom-fitted to the wearer's own ear shape and hearing needs. 



With rechargeable hearing aids, you can take the hassle out of changing your batteries every few days. You simply place your hearing aids in their chargeable port overnight and when you wake up in the morning they're ready to go - so you never need to change a battery again.


Bluetooth/Smartphone compatible

The technological advances in hearing aids have come a long way from their humble beginnings. With Bluetooth enabled hearing aids you can connect directly to your Apple or Android smartphone. This allows you to control your hearing aids via an app. Perhaps you've entered a room with more background noise? You can change the setting right there, on your phone. It makes taking phone calls, even in the busiest places, a breeze. And you'll never need headphones to listen to music through your phone again, just play it directly to your hearing aids.

Are you a keen traveller? There's even the option to translate languages through your hearing aids onto your phone. So you'll be able to show off your skills when you go on holiday.



Give your hearing the care it deserves


If you have noticed any changes in your hearing quality or clarity, no matter how slight they may seem, visit your local M&S Opticians for your free hearing health check.


Your free consultation will ensure your hearing health is the best that it can be.


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