Two Types of Hearing Aids

by James Florence


When getting a hearing aid, be sure to consider the different styles available. Photo: Better Hearing Center (2017)

With Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center

Most people know about hearing aids, but few are aware that they fall into two different categories. The first type of hearing aid is called a “daily wear device,” which is worn during the day and removed at night. Daily wear hearing aids have been around for a long time, but today’s devices are fully digital and programmable to meet wearers’ individual needs.

The second type of hearing aid is called an “extended wear device.” This hearing aid is placed deep within the ear canal and, unlike a daily wear device, worn 24 hours a day. Professionally installed by an audiologist, an extended wear device should be replaced every 60 to 90 days. The primary benefit of an extended wear device is it allows the wearer to function in much the same way as before they needed hearing assistance, making for a seamless mode of life.

Whether you opt for a daily wear or extended wear device, as a hearing aid wearer, you will benefit from today’s cutting-edge technology. For example, hearing aid devices are now being integrated with smartphones, which gives wearers control of things like volume adjustment via a handy app. Wearers can even program device settings for different activities and locations, from watching a movie at home to going to a restaurant.

At the end of the day, the type of hearing aid you choose should reflect your lifestyle and budget. While the final decision is up to you, your audiologist can guide you toward making a selection that will best fit your needs and preferences.

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