Using a hearing aid can help enhance your hearing, helping to make everyday activities more enjoyable. But when it comes to choosing a hearing aid, you should choose the best hearing aid type for your activity of choice and a comfortable fit for your lifestyle too.

With several different types of hearing aid out there, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right one for you. But by getting to know the different types of hearing aid, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and choose the right one for you. 

Don’t let your hearing aid hold you back – get to know the different types of hearing aid suited to different activities.

Receiver-in-ear (RIC) hearing aids: ideal for walking

A receiver-in-ear hearing aid has the benefit of the receiver being in the ear canal, while the microphone and receiver are placed behind the ear. RIC hearing aids tend to be much smaller and discreet, making them a preferred option for many people.

If you love gentle exercise like walking, then RIC hearing aids are particularly effective. You’ll be able to hear conversation clearly because of where the speaker is placed. You might also find this type of hearing aid preferable for watching movies or going to the theater.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids: ideal for running 

In-the-canal hearing aids are a subtle hearing aid type that is a popular alternative to more traditionally-styled hearing aids. In-the-canal hearing aids are ideal for running or activities where you might need to remove a helmet or a face mask, as they’re less likely to fall out easily. However, some people who experience dexterity issues experience difficulties using ITC hearing aids.

Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids: ideal for high-impact exercise

Completely-in-canal hearing aids are one of the smallest types of hearing aids, which means they’re able to stay in place much easier than other types of hearing aid. If you enjoy intensive activities like running or workouts, then these could be a great type of hearing aid for you. 

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids: ideal for gentler movement

Many people choose behind-the-ear hearing aids because they’re practical and long-lasting. But as they can be more visible than other types of hearing aid, you might want to reserve your BTE hearing aid for indoor activities such as yoga, and when you’re relaxing at home. Ideal for gentler movement, this is ideal for less high-impact activities.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids: ideal for indoor exercise

While in the ear hearing aids are small and discreet, they are known for picking up wind noise. So, if you’re going to be wearing one when running or doing sports outdoors, you might want to think about a different type of hearing aid. But for indoor sports and activities, ITE hearing aids are great. 

Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids: a good all-rounder

IIC hearing aids are the smallest type of hearing aids, and they are very discreet – which is ideal if you’re feeling self-conscious about your hearing aid. The small size of an IIC makes them ideal for many activities, from a high-energy dance class to a team sport. An invisible hearing aid could be the perfect companion if you like to live an active lifestyle.

How to choose the right type of hearing aid for you

If you’re experiencing hearing loss, you might be concerned about how a hearing aid will affect your day-to-day activities. Fortunately, there are a range of styles that will allow you to choose one that best suits your activity and lifestyle. 

An appointment with an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor will help you identify the best type of hearing aid for you. An ear, nose and throat doctor will take into account your lifestyle and when you would wear a hearing aid to be able to make recommendations to you. If you have questions, they’ll be best placed to answer them and give advice that can help you make the right choice.

It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle, and that includes taking care of both your physical and mental health. Exercise and fitness are a key part of that, and you shouldn’t give them up because you need to wear a hearing aid. The right hearing aid can make the world of difference, giving you a helping hand to keep doing the things you love.

If you want expert advice to choose the right hearing aid for you, contact us at ENT Specialists today at (402) 983-9948.