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[Infographic] Types of Hearing Aids

There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population. Only about two million people in the UK have hearing aids, but of those only 1.4 million use them regularly. This means there are at least four million people who don't have hearing aids and would benefit from using them. This handy infographic gives you a quick breakdown of the different types of hearing aids. Types of Hearing Aids infographic

Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids come in a wide range of styles, shapes and sizes, but regardless of their design all hearing aids require the same basic assembly of components:
  • microphones
  • chips
  • receivers
  • battery to supply power
There are six main types of hearing aids:
  • Behind-the-ear hearing aids a.k.a. BTE or OTE (on-the-ear)
  • Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids a.k.a. RIC or RIE (Receiver-in-the-ear)
  • In-the-canal hearing aids ITC (in-the-canal) or ITE (in-the-ear)
  • Spectacle worn hearing aids
  • Body worn hearing aids
  • Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids a.k.a. CICs

Which Hearing Aid type for you?

Type of Hearing Aid Points For Points Against
Behind-the-ear Discreet design, comfortable, instant fitting Some are not suitable for severe hearing loss
Receiver-in-the-canal Small design, choice of amplification, low feedback Risk of wax build up, high cost of receiver replacement
In-the-canal Easy to insert and remove, good with glasses High Maintenance
Completely-in the-canal Small size, almost invisible Low battery life, limited amplification level
Body Worn long battery life, low cost, powerful amplification size visibility
Spectacle Worn recommended for conductive hearing loss, discreet with glasses tricky to fit, cannot be used without glasses

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