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Finding the right type of hearing aid

Ready to improve your hearing but not sure what type of hearing aid is best for you? You’ve come to the right place. On this page you will get an overview of:

  • All the basic types of hearing aids
  • Facts and features to consider when choosing the right type for you

Additionally, you are always welcome to visit one of our hearing clinics, where we will be happy to show you some of the most popular hearing aid models available.

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Hearing aid type: In-the-ear

There are five types of in-the-ear hearing aids, ranging from the invisible-in-the-canal to the full shell in-the-ear hearing aid:

  • Suited for mild to severe hearing loss
  • The smallest style is virtually invisible inside the ear
  • The full shell style fits inside the outer bowl of the ear
  • All types are custom-made to suit the shape of your ear, ensuring optimal comfort and sound quality
  • Some models offer Bluetooth® technology so that you can stream sound from your phone, computer or TV
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4 facts about in-the-ear hearing aids

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1. Discreet and less noticeable than other hearing aid types
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2. May be susceptible to ear wax and moisture build-up
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3. Rarely available with rechargeable batteries
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4. Can include Bluetooth® streaming and telecoil features

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Find a hearing clinic with in-house audiologists or specialists who provide counseling based on your specific needs. A specialized hearing clinic will have several hearing aid types and brands, allowing you to find the most optimal solution for you.

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Hearing aid type: Behind-the-ear

These types are the most popular hearing aids for people with hearing loss.

  • Suited for mild to profound hearing loss
  • All components are housed behind the ear with a clear tube leading to an earpiece that fits inside your ear
  • Modern hearing aids are sleeker and slimmer than older versions and are great for people with dexterity challenges or visual impairment.
  • While modern behind-the-ear models are very discreet, they are not as invisible as in-the-ear hearing aids.
  • Feature powerful technology and typically have more feature options than in-the-ear hearing aids
Behind-the-ear hearing aids

4 facts about behind-the-ear hearing aids

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1. More powerful and versatile than in-the-ear hearing aids
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2. Rechargeable battery options available
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3. Some users find the behind-the-ear placement more comfortable
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4. Can often connect to and stream wirelessly from smartphones, TVs and tablets

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Invisible hearing aids

Modern hearing aids are more discreet than ever before. In fact, many hearing aids are practically invisible. Designed to be especially discreet, the smallest variants of in-the-ear hearing aids are placed inside the ear canal. Examples of these include:

  • Invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids
  • Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids

These types are considered to be the most invisible hearing aids available. Since they sit completely inside your ear canal, people are unlikely to notice them.

Several types of behind-the-ear hearing aids are also very discreet and will not be particularly noticeable when worn. Behind-the-ear hearing aids allow for more features and advantages, making them the preferred type of hearing aid for many wearers.

Invisible hearing aids


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Rechargeable hearing aids

Some hearing aids offer the convenience of rechargeable batteries. An easy overnight charge allows for hassle-free maintenance by eliminating the need to regularly replace batteries. Having rechargeable hearing aids removes the inconvenience of having to change batteries, which is a benefit to all, especially for those with dexterity challenges.

Rechargeable hearing aids


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Bluetooth® hearing aids

If you choose a hearing aid with Bluetooth® technology, you can connect it to your TV so that you can hear the TV audio directly in your hearing aid, making it easier to hear your favorite TV show.

It is also possible to connect a hearing aid to other Bluetooth® devices, such as mobile phones, computers, and tablets. If you have an iPhone, then your Bluetooth® hearing aids can double as a wireless headset, allowing you to listen to music or make hands-free phone calls.

Bluetooth® hearing aids

What to consider when researching hearing aid types

Guide to choosing hearing aids

There are several factors that can determine which hearing aid is the right model for you. This 3-step guide will help you understand how to find the best hearing aid for you.

Guide to hearing aids

Lucie Gibson
Lucie Gibson - MNZAS Clinician

MAud, BSLP (Hons) 

Lucie has a background in diagnostic hearing assessment and adult hearing rehabilitation.

She has enjoyed sharing the journey of her cousin who has cochlear implants, and Audika has allowed her to extend her interest in implantable technologies, within the Audika specialist referral network. She has relished the opportunity to work in a small project team rolling out bone anchored hearing solutions, and same-day-fit hearing devices in Audika New Zealand.

Lucie’s role allows her to improve her clients quality of life by promoting hearing health and utilizing cutting edge hearing technologies. 

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