With the arrival of May, we welcome Better Hearing Month.

This event gives us a chance to raise awareness and promote healthy hearing to all residents of Greater Atlanta and its surrounding communities.

In doing so, we want to address a common problem that we see often.

A resistance to get help in the form of a hearing aid is an issue that has been around for a long time.

To overcome this, we have compiled a list of all the various types of hearing aids to show there is something for everyone.

Whether you have questions about longevity, performance, or visibility, we have the answers below.

Behind the Ear

These are the hearing aids that most people are familiar with. They fit behind your ear and transmit sounds via a plastic tube directly into your ear canal.

These are the largest you can get even though they are incredibly smaller than years past. The size is for a good reason though, as these are the most powerful due to all the circuitry housed within them.

Because of this, it is very customizable and can treat severe hearing loss.

Receiver in The Ear

This is a very versatile hearing aid, as almost anyone can benefit from it. As a variation of the BTE, the receiving component sits in the ear and is connected to the circuitry via a thin plastic tube.

This allows for a much more discrete look for the wearer. An added bonus is that having the speaker in your ear provides a much more natural listening experience.

In the Ear

For mild hearing loss, the in-ear option is perfect. With this model, the entire hearing aid is custom molded to the outer part of the ear canal. This way, you can fit the entire apparatus inside your ear with no plastic tubing or anything behind your ear.

This makes it perfect if you wear glasses. It can also be color-matched to your skin tone if discretion is of great importance.

In the Canal

As a smaller, stealthier version of the in-ear hearing aid, in-the-canal devices are even smaller and more discrete.

Still only recommended if you have a mild hearing loss, these hearing aids are perfect if you are really trying to hide them.

They are still custom molded to your ear canal and fit a little further in. You may need a steady hand to adjust them though, as the device’s controls are very small.

Completely in The Canal

Smaller still, these hearing aids fit completely in your ear canal and provide a small handle to do so. Because of its minute size, adjustments need to be made remotely.

So having a bit of tech-savvy will also be required along with a deft touch. These are also meant for people who have a mild hearing loss, as there is not much room for powerful circuitry.

Invisible in The Canal

Lastly, the first-ever completely invisible hearing aid that fits fully within your ear canal past the first bend.

Still only available if you have a mild to moderate hearing loss, these marvels of modern technology have no manual controls at all.

Any adjustments need to be made digitally, so having a good understanding of the technology is recommended.

Due to its size, it can only be removed and adjusted via the small handle, as this is the only part that is outside the ear.

What Style is Best for Me?

If you or a loved one is ready to explore advanced hearing solutions, our team of experienced hearing care professionals would love to help.

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Stephany Sun, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Stephany Sun, Au.D. – Former Top Producing Factory Rep and Doctor of Audiology for the largest manufacturer of hearing aids in the world. Dr. Sun is the foremost expert in the selection of and fitting of amplification and assistive devices for the treatment of hearing loss. She uses the most advanced fitting strategies and hearing aid technology to ensure optimal speech understanding while improving user comfort and minimizing distracting background noise. There is no professional in the community with a higher level of expertise in these areas than Dr. Sun. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in 2007 and is a proud graduate of both UGA and Ole Miss. Dr. Sun has been serving the Atlanta area for over 15 years.