Hearing Aids: Types and Features

Whether you need to be tested for hearing loss or need help determining the best types and features of hearing aids in Pittsfield, MA, Dr. Giulio Cavalli is your go-to otolaryngologist.

Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid

All of the electronic components of this hearing aid sit behind the ear in a plastic case. A narrow tube goes into the ear canal, which is what the sound travels through. This design helps minimize the buildup of earwax.

These are good for those who are suffering from mild to severe hearing loss, but due to their visible style, they aren’t suited for everyone. They do work well for children because of the fact the earpiece can be easily changed as the child grows, but due to the stigma that surrounds hearing aids, something less visible may be desired.  

Receiver-in-Canal Hearing Aid

These hearing aids are very similar to those of the behind-the-ear hearing aids, as the device itself is worn on the ear and the electronics are in the main body of the hearing aid. However, the primary difference is the speaker in this hearing aid is inside the ear canal and is connected to the body of the hearing aid by a very thin wire. These can be great for anyone suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-Ear Hearing Aid

These hearing aids fit inside the outer ear entirely. The electronics sit within a hard plastic case. These hearing aids are ideal for individuals who are suffering from mild to a severe loss of hearing. They are not recommended for children whose little ears are still in development and growth.

Features of Hearing Aids

Advancements in technology have improved hearing aids in Pittsfield, MA, significantly over the years. There are many features that have improved the way that hearing aids look so they aren’t nearly as visible, helping those who are worried about the stigma that surrounds having to have hearing assistance.

In addition, there are now rechargeable batteries for many manufacturers that have the ability to allow for the hearing aids to provide a full day’s use. Some manufacturers are also offering tinnitus relief features.

There are now even Bluetooth hearing aids that can help you stay connected on the go. This can be great for the working individual who suffers from hearing loss but also needs wireless connectivity.

If you are interested in learning more about the different hearing aid options and hearing aid features, call Dr. Cavalli at (413) 443-6116 and make an appointment. He will sit down with you and discuss everything you need to know about hearing aids in Pittsfield, MA.