Which Hearing Aid is Right for You?


Ready to improve your hearing but not sure what type of hearing aid is best for you? You’ve come to the right place. This quick guide breaks down the basics of hearing aid types and the factors you should consider when choosing the right hearing aid for you.

Hearing aid type: in-the-ear

There are many in-the-ear hearing aid types available. They all fit directly in the ear, so it is important to get the right shape and fit for optimum comfort and sound quality. In-the-ear hearing aids are custom-made to fit your ear perfectly.

These types of hearing aids are ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss. As there are no external wires or tubes, these devices can be more discreet.

There are five types of in-the-ear hearing aids, ranging from the invisible-in-canal to the full-shell type of hearing aid. The smallest style is completely hidden inside the canal of the ear. The largest fits completely inside the outer bowl of the ear, with a small portion extending into the ear canal to direct sound.

Here are some useful notes to keep in mind. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are:

  • Discreet and less noticeable than other hearing aid types
  • May be easier to handle
  • Can accommodate telecoil, volume control and other extra features
  • May be more susceptible to wind noise and damage from earwax and moisture in the ear


Hearing aid type: behind-the-ear

These types of hearing aids are perfect for users with a more severe hearing loss or smaller ear canals. All the components in these types of hearing aids are housed behind the ear with a clear tube that connects the hearing aid to an earpiece that fits in your ear canal.

These types of hearing aids are a lot sleeker and slimmer than older, more traditional models and are great for people with less dexterity or visual impairment. Though not invisible, these hearing aids are still very discreet. They are also powerful.

Plus, with this type of hearing aid, you can choose the colour of the housing from a range that you prefer.

There are three types of hearing aids that sit behind the ear: BTE, RIC/RITE, and Open Fit.

Here are some useful notes to keep in mind. Behind-the-ear hearing aids are:

  • Capable of more amplification than other hearing aid types and has a longer battery life
  • Some users find them more comfortable as they do not fit deep within the ear
  • Less vulnerable to moisture and wax build up
  • Some models come with rechargeable batteries

There are many types of hearing aids to help you choose the one best suited to your hearing loss and lifestyle. You should first have a full hearing assessment with a hearing professional to confirm you have a hearing loss that hearing aids can treat.


At HearingLife, hearing assessments are free for those over the age of 19. There is no obligation to purchase, and you don’t need a doctor’s referral.

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