Below you will find details on the five main types of hearing aids UNM Health offers to patients.
These are appropriate for mild to profound hearing loss. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs, tele-coil and Bluetooth capability are available. This style is a good choice for pediatric patients and individuals with excessive moisture and earwax.
These, along with “Slim Tube” hearing devices, are the most unobtrusive hearing aids. These models keep the ear canal open to reduce a sensation of being plugged up. The degree of hearing loss will determine who is a candidate for this type of device.
Custom In-The-Ear (ITE)
This type of hearing aid fills the outer portion of the ear. It is appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss and may include features such as directional microphones, multiple listening programs, a tele-coil or Bluetooth capability.
This is smaller than the full-shell ITE and is appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. However, features may be somewhat limited due to size, and good manual dexterity is important for this style.
This hearing instrument is very discreet. If you value cosmetic appeal, this is probably the best device for you. However, your degree of hearing loss and level of manual dexterity will ultimately determine if it's right for you.