For those who are considering or in the process of purchasing a hearing aid, one of the most important factors to consider is size. While larger, traditional behind-the-ear models are the most popular, there are still many who want a smaller, more discreet option. You are in luck! Let’s take a look at what small hearing aids options you have available.
The Benefits of a Small Hearing Aids
The most important and obvious benefit of a small hearing aid is the discreteness. There are many reasons why one would wish to hide the fact they were hearing aids; for those individuals, smaller is better.
Some smaller models also offer functional advantages as well! Smaller models tend to be easier to use with phones, glasses, and masks.
They also tend to handle wind sounds better – larger models like behind-the-ear pick up wind much more easily due to their location. Smaller hearing aids rest inside the ear, where they are more naturally protected from the wind.
Since small hearing aids also fit in your ear and use less power, the sound they produce tends to be more natural as well. Sound naturally travels farther into your ear before being picked up by the microphone, creating a more natural recreation of the hearing process!
The Drawbacks of Small Hearing Aids
Compared to larger styles like behind-the-ear hearing aids, their small size means less power & features – for those with more severe hearing loss or want many advanced features with their hearing aid, this is definitely worth considering.
The smaller size also translates to lower battery life in most cases. You’ll be needing to charge or replace the batteries more often compared to a larger model!
A small size also means those with dexterity issues may have trouble handling, inserting, and removing them. They can also be more fragile and likely to be crushed, misplaced, or lost.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are one of the two basic types of hearing aids, the other being the previously mentioned behind-the-ear hearing aids. This type of hearing aid sits inside of your ear, making it the more discreet option. Among ITE hearing aids, there are also several different models of varying size.
ITC hearing aids are lightweight single piece hearing aids that rest partly in the ear canal. They are a bit smaller than ITE hearing aids, as they just fill the opening of the ear and not the entire area.
IIC hearing aids are the smallest type of hearing aids available. These hearing aids rest completely inside your ear canal and are almost undetectable.
The Olive Pro is Olive Union’s 2-in-1 Hearing Aids & Bluetooth Earbuds, and are designed to be discreet in a completely different manner than traditional small hearing aids. With a modern and sleek earbud design, the Olive Pro looks to move away from traditional hearing aid designs to a more stylish look.