It is no secret that Costco Wholesale offers a lot of benefits and variety when it comes down to purchasing a hearing aid. Not only do the hearing aids come through different lines of brands, but they also come in different types that adjust differently around the ear. The different styles offer a variety so that each customer can opt for what is most compatible for them and their ears and depending on the severity or degree of their hearing loss. If one is unsure as to the extent of their hearing loss, rest assured that a Costco associate can readily evaluate that with a complimentary, free hearing test. At Costco, one can consider between the following style fits: open fit, behind the ear, receiver completely in the canal, canal, in the ear, and last but not least and perhaps the most tech savvy of them all: Bluetooth capable.
As for the open fit format, it is as the name suggests. Although none of the hearing aid options are particularly invasive, the open fit style is one of the less invasive options. It is composed simply of the technological earpiece and then a thin tubing that loosely connects to the ear. The earpiece and tubing loop over the ear where the earpiece can be found to be snugly fit behind the ear. This type of fit is best for people who experience between mild and somewhat severe hearing loss.
If one experiences a more severe degree of hearing loss, the behind the ear style of hearing aid may be one of the more compatible options. As its name suggests, the earpiece fits behind the ear. The behind the ear fit is a bit more personalized than its open fit counterpart. Whereas the open fit format consisted of the earpiece and tubing connected to it, the behind the ear fit style’s earpiece is instead connected to a customized molding that ensures a more secure fit.
For those looking for a more discrete look and experience between mild and medium degrees of hearing loss, the receiver completely in the canal option may be just right. Whereas the previous hearing aid options are more visible although not obviously so with the earpieces structured behind the ear, this option differs in that it is fitted within a portion of the ear canal which some may consider a bit more invasive. It is made up of a single flesh-colored earpiece. Like the behind the ear format, the earpiece is also customized to each customer’s ears to ensure a secure fit into their ear canal adding a personal touch.
The canal fit is a very similar design to that where the receiver is completely in the canal. However, unlike the latter, instead of solely being engaged within the ear canal, there is also a portion that extends to the part of the ear surrounding the ear canal designated as the “outer ear”. This design is also specified for those with mild to medium hearing loss and also consists of a customized flesh colored design.
If one finds the more discrete look of the previously two mentioned options to be appealing but experiences a more severe degree of hearing loss, the in the ear styling may be what one is looking for. This style consists of a fleshy color and customized fit, but slightly less invasive in the sense that the earpiece fits more so into the outer ear instead of the ear canal.
Last but not least, and one of the most innovative styles out there is the Bluetooth capable option of hearing aid. This model is similar in appearance to the first two hearing aids mentioned: the behind the ear and open fit models. The earpiece goes behind the ear and consists of a sleek design with a thin tubing that serves as a connection between the earpiece and the ear. This model is appropriate for any degree of hearing loss be it on the mild or more severe spectrum. The appeal of this style is often the compatibility it has with tech devices that enable Bluetooth such as television sets, smartphones, computers, and the like. The Bluetooth capable hearing aid may just be what some may refer to as a “smart” hearing aid due to its innovative advancements and capabilities.
In a sea of options, it can be confusing as to what kinds of hearing aids are out there and what exactly the distinctions between them may be. However, Costco’s guide makes the maze of decisions a bit less complicated and easier to navigate. With a variety of options readily available, it is a guarantee that one will find what works just right for them.