If you are getting older and are having problems hearing, one thing you can do is get hearing aids. You should see an audiologist to help you get these aids. The audiologist can determine what would work best for you and the type of hearing problem you are having. Below are three types of hearing aids you may be offered.  

In-the-Ear Hearing Aids

In-the-ear hearing aids may be invisible inside your ear canal (IIC) or completely in the ear canal (CIC). Both styles are the most discreet and smallest hearing aids you will find available. The IIC hearing aids are placed deep in the ear, but you can still easily remove them by pulling on a small string. CIC hearing aids are still not easily seen but they do not go as deep inside your ears. 

Both IIC and CIC hearing aids work well for people that have mild to moderate hearing loss. They are small so these hearing aids do not have features like larger ones do, such as program buttons and volume controls. They do have good sound quality, however, because they sit deep in your ears. 

In-the-Canal Hearing Aids

There are also in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids available for you. The doctor will suggest this type if you have more extensive hearing problems. This is because they have volume controls that you can control manually. They also have directional microphones, which help you hear well if you are in a noisy area. 

They are easy to use and are also comfortable sitting in your ears. These hearing aids are larger than the IIC and CIC hearing aids. This also means the battery life is longer. These hearing aids can be seen, however, but this also makes them even easier to insert and remove from your ears. 

Low-Profile Hearing Aids

Low-profile hearing aids are much like ITC hearing aids. They sit on the outer part of your ear, so they are easily seen. They also have features like manual volume controls and microphones for noisy areas. In most cases, you can connect these earphones to your smartphone through an app. 

Low-profile hearing aids are even larger, so they are much easier to remove and put in your ears. This is even more helpful if you have dexterity problems with your hands or fingers. 

The audiologist that you see will give you more information about each of these hearing aids. Talk to your audiologist to learn more about hearing aids.