If you're new to hearing aids, then learning how to insert them into your ear canal can be challenging. But understanding how to put in a hearing aid can help you feel confident and get the most out of your hearing devices.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) and receiver in the canal (RIC) styles are the most popular types of hearing aids. These are typically smaller in size than ITE hearing aids, and they use a thin plastic tube to connect to your ear canal.
When you receive your new hearing aid, your care provider will show you how to insert it into your ear canal. Depending on the type of hearing aid, these instructions vary slightly.
Behind the ear (BTE) style hearing aids are the most common type of hearing aid and are the most powerful. They use a thin plastic tube that is inserted into your ear canal and connected to a custom-fit dome or earmold.
If you're using a RIC style hearing aid, follow the same instructions as above for inserting a BTE style. However, you'll need to be careful not to kink the thin plastic tube when placing the dome or earmold into your ear. This can damage the tube and compromise your hearing experience.
When you are ready to remove your hearing aid, grab the removal thread between your thumb and forefinger. Gently pull the hearing aid up and out of your ear canal. If you are having trouble removing your hearing aid, consult your care provider. They may be able to suggest a different hearing aid or help you find an experienced technician.