A wide range of technology and a host of features are available in each hearing aids style. The cost of hearing aids depends on technology and features. Today’s digital hearing aids are typically offered in various levels such as basic or entry-level to advanced or premium-level. Within each level, different technology and features are available.
Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aids responds automatically to changes in the listener’s environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid.
The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of technology increases in the hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.
When selecting a style the following is considered:
- The degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
- Manual dexterity and visual abilities
- Patient budget
- Skin sensitivities
- Anatomical and medical considerations
Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.