// Types of Hearing Aids

Behind-the-ear – Hearing aid worn behind the ear, and connected to an earpiece through which sound is delivered to the ear. The amplifier is large, making sound louder than with smaller models. A cheaper type of hearing aid but easily seen.

Body-worn - Hearing aid consists of earphones that are connected to a tiny box, which can be clipped on to your clothes. Controls are simple to change.

Bone Conduction - Hearing aid suited to those with conductive hearing loss as sound is delivered through vibrations. Sound is gathered through a microphone and sent to the hearing aid, which is held against the bone at the back of the ear by a headband.

In-the-ear - Hearing aid is discreetly placed in the ear. The amplifier is weaker than with larger models due to its size, and is therefore unsuitable for those with severe hearing loss.

Completely-in-the-ear – Hearing aid is unsuitable for those with severe hearing loss due to the size of the amplifier, and is even more discreet than in-the-ear models.

CROS - Hearing aid only for those with hearing in one ear. The apparatus is placed in the working ear, and is able to pick up sounds from the side with no hearing.

BiCROS - Hearing aid for those with no hearing in one ear, and some form of hearing loss in the other. It is able to pick up sounds from the side with no hearing, increasing the sound level.

Disposable - Disposable hearing aids usually last ten weeks, and are available from private suppliers, but not the NHS. They usually cost about £25, and are suited to those with mild and moderate hearing loss.