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A Quick Guide To Hearing Aid Styles

by | Dec 21, 2018 | Hearing aids, Patient Resources | 0 comments

Hearing aids are available in a variety of styles designed to meet many different cosmetic preferences and address different hearing loss needs. Your hearing care professional can help you identify which hearing aid styles are appropriate for your specific needs and that is where Acadian Hearing comes in.

We know that there’s not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to hearing aids. With custom colored and fit designs, we will take into account your lifestyle, your budget, your preferred style, and your hearing needs when finding the perfect hearing aids for you.

The first step towards your better hearing health is booking a hearing assessment so we can evaluate your hearing. Once this has been done, we can discuss your options, test a range of different styles and help you to make the right decision.

So, what sort of styles are there to choose from?

Firstly, let’s have a look at ‘in the ear’ (ITE) styles.


Invisible in the canal

This is one of our smallest custom styles which sits almost invisibly in the bend of the ear canal and is designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.


Completely in the canal

Another of our small custom styles, this device fits deeply and entirely within the ear canal and is designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.


In the canal

Another of our small devices, this hearing aid sits in the lower portion of the ear. As well as having a long battery life, it can also host additional features. These hearing aids are designed for mild to moderate hearing losses.


Full shell

Sitting flush within the outer ear bowl, the hearing aids size allows the maximum number of additional features. Using a larger battery and being able to fit a larger receiver makes them powerful enough for some severe hearing losses.

 A second option is ‘behind the ear’ (BTE) styles.


Receiver in the ear

These mini models have the speaker built into the ear tip and are designed for mild to severe hearing losses.


BTE with Earmold

These longer shaped models are suitable for hearing losses from mild through to severe. They come in a selection of colors and models.

With all these great options available, you can be assured we can fit you with a device that lets you hear with confidence. All you need to do is book in with one of our Audiologists for a hearing examination and take your very first step toward a better hearing future.

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Dr. Heidi J Sorrells - Audiologist

Dr. Heidi J. Sorrells obtained her doctorate degree from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. She is a certified audiologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and she holds a Louisiana and a Texas audiology license. Dr. Sorrells enjoys all aspects of working in a private practice audiology clinic but especially loves the challenges of vestibular (balance) assessment and rehabilitation.