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Are Small Hearing Aids The Next Big Thing?

Small hearing aids are becoming a more popular device of choice. Discretion is key. Smaller, less visible models help make wearers feel more comfortable and relaxed about requiring a hearing aid. Hence their preference.

We guide you through a selection of essential small hearing aids and how they could be of great benefit to your hearing and lifestyle.

Size Matters

Larger, chunkier hearing instruments are aptly becoming replaced by sleeker, small hearing aids.

Invisible hearing aids have become a mainstream device. Once upon a time, these models came with a hefty price tag. Since then, hearing technologies have greatly improved and the cost of a smaller device is more in-line with other types of hearing aids. Of course, the price will vary between manufacturers, but at Hearing Direct, we are focused on providing an affordable alternative to purchasing a device privately. Our HD range starts from $149/£99.

The Popularity Of Small Hearing Aids

Digital hearing aid design has changed a lot over the last decades. Advancements in design, engineering, and electronics mean we can wear hidden devices that go unnoticed. Many people with a hearing aid problem feel uncomfortable and uneasy when having to choose a hearing aid, mainly because they fear how it will look. However, hearing aid manufacturers realize those apprehensions and a large number of them have found a solution with the development of ever smaller and discreet hearing aid devices.

In the canal and completely in the canal models are now very commonplace in today's market, and so they should be. Don't let their size fool you. They still contain the features you'd expect from any hearing aid and deliver that same, sharp, clear sound quality you seek. The only real difference is the fact that they are smaller.

Our website is full of small hearing aids that fit snug in the ear. Whether you are after an ITE, BTE, CIC or any other model, browse our hearing aids.

Which Types Of Device Are Available?

There are many different styles of hearing aids appropriate and customizable by age, the severity of the hearing loss and personal taste. The most popular small hearing aids include behind the ear and more recent models - receiver in the ear and open fit and in the ear hearing devices.

BTE:  Behind the ear hearing aids come in various designs. They are small but very durable and powerful. Thus, they are suitable for mild to severe impairments. All the electronic parts are discreetly hidden in a case situated behind the ear that connects to the ear either with an earmold or a dome. In this way, the device is protected from moisture and earwax. As the microphone is away from the ear canal, feedback is less likely. A great advantage of behind the ear hearing aids is that they come in a variety of colours and sizes and are suitable for all ages due to their different power levels and lack of need for customization.

RIC: Receiver in the canal or “mini” BTE and open fit hearing aids are another type of small behind the ear devices. For the RIC model, the speaker is located in a small dome inside the ear canal. As a result, the case behind the ear is smaller and it offers a more comfortable fit.

ITE:  In-the-ear hearing aids are another type of small hearing devices. They are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss and may be considered more cosmetically appealing, although they are visible in a face-to-face interaction. In the ear hearing aids are custom made to fit in the concha (the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear). However, they are not recommended for children as with the growth of the ear, frequent replacements will be needed, resulting in high costs.

CIC: Completely-in-the-canal devices, as their name suggests, sit inside the ear. Due to where they are worn, the design, weight, and shape of these models are one of the smallest on the market. As technology becomes more advanced, more can be crammed inside the casing so you can experience the same features are larger more powerful devices.

Our website is home to a number of small hearing aids, including some of the key types outlined above.

Small Hearing Aids From $149 

At Hearing Direct, you will find a collection of digital hearing aids designed for mild to moderate hearing loss. Whether wearing a hearing device is new to you or you are looking to upgrade an older model, we've got you covered.

Our smart selection starts at $149/£99. The HD 91 is our entry-level model and includes the core features you need to effectively manage hearing impairments. If you seek more features, the HD 500 is one of our more advanced devices and includes some of the latest features on the contemporary market.

small hearing aid HD 250 Digital Hearing Aid

The HD 250 digital hearing aid is one of our most popular models. It is very small, discreet,  comfortable to wear, and can be programmed to match your hearing test results. As an ITE device, it is worn inside the ear, reducing visibility, making people with hearing loss feel more at ease about needing hearing aids. Sound will be amplified and background noise reduced, ensuring a high-quality sound enters the ear for a crisp and enjoyable listening experience.

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At Hearing Direct, we are committed to improving the quality of life and quality of hearing for those with varying hearing impairments. The items we supply come from trusted manufacturers or you can browse our own line of items designed with affordability in mind.


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