3 Pros and Cons of Small Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids are essential tools for those who have been diagnosed with hearing loss. A hearing care professional will typically present you with a number of different hearing aid styles and sizes that can best suit your needs.

In this article, we’ll be discussing a few pros and cons of smaller hearing aids. These are typically picked due to social stigmas towards hearing aids. Since small hearing aids are less visible, many people lean towards them as the solution to solve their hearing issues. Small hearing aids come in different forms such as CIC (completely-in-the-canals) and IIC (invisible-in-the-canals), but they both follow the same theme of being discreet.

Pros of Small Hearing Aids

  • Small hearing aids are more discreet than their counterparts - If the main goal of your hearing aid choice is to be more discreet, then small hearing aids are perfect due to their size and how they fit in your ear instead of around it. There are no tubes or wires dangling out and they are much lighter, making them far more comfortable than large hearing aids.
  • They are lightweight and custom molded to fit your ear - Smaller hearing aids are often more comfortable than their larger counterparts because they are custom made to fit inside of your ear, thus improving your comfort. The custom fitting ensures that your hearing aids are made to perfectly fit your ear canal.
  • They can produce more natural sound for some wearers - Since small hearing aids are fit in your ear, they don’t need as much power to transmit sound and can result in less feedback and a more natural sound, especially when hearing your own voice. They also don’t pick up as much outside noise which is vital for people that work outdoors.

Cons of Small Hearing Aids

  • Smaller hearing aids aren’t suitable for severe hearing loss - Because small hearing aids don’t produce as loud of a sound, they aren’t suitable for people with more severe levels of hearing loss. If you have advanced hearing loss, then you’ll need the extra power of a larger hearing aid such as a BTE (behind-the-ear) model.
  • The battery life on smaller hearing aids isn’t as good as larger hearing aids - Another downside of their small size is that the battery doesn’t last as long. You’ll find yourself needing to charge them more often which can add more maintenance costs.
  • There are fewer features on smaller hearing aids - Smaller hearing aids come with fewer features. For instance, you can’t get directional microphones (which are fantastic for cutting out feedback) and there are fewer controls to change things like the profile settings.

All hearing aids have their pros and cons. The best choice really depends on what you plan to use your hearing aids for, so make sure to consider all of the advantages and disadvantages in order to get the best hearing aid for your needs.