Which Type Of Hearing Aid Is Right For You?

Hearing aids come in a range of styles. Here’s an overview of the primary styles along with our recommendations.
ITC Hearing Aids

INVISIBLE IN CANAL (IIC) AND COMPLETELY IN CANAL (CIC)

The smallest custom styles, IIC and CIC instruments sit invisibly and entirely in the ear canal. These devices are specifically designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
ITE Hearing Aids

IN THE CANAL (ITC) AND FULL SHELL (FS)

ITC and FS instruments sit in the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they're slightly larger than CIC models, they have longer battery life. They can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They are widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.
RIC Hearing Aids

RECEIVER IN-EAR (RIC)

RIC models are mini BTEs that have the instrument's speaker incorporated in the ear tip instead of in the main body of the device.RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses.

BTE Hearing Aids

BEHIND-THE-EAR (BTE)

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through severe hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features, including a program button and volume control. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer's hairstyle, determine exactly how they'll look on each person.
Open Fit Hearing Aids

LONG TERM WEAR INVISIBLE (LYRIC)

Lyric hearing aids are a unique product that is invisible, worn 24/7 for months at a time, and can be worn while exercising, sleeping, showering, and talking on the phone. They fit mild to moderate hearing loss. There are no batteries to replace, and the purchase is by subscription only.

How to choose the right hearing aid style?

Hearing is highly individualized. No two people hear the same, and no two people have the exact requirements for hearing aids. There are in-the-ear styles as well as behind- the-ear styles. When selecting a style of hearing aid, the following should be considered:
  • The type/degree of the hearing loss
  • Power requirements
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Budget
  • Cosmetics and aesthetics
  • Anatomical and medical considerations
  • Lifestyle requirements
A wide range of technology and a host of features are available in each hearing aid style. Hearing aids' cost generally depends on the technology and the number of features the instrument has and not necessarily on the style selected. Call us today, and let’s talk about your options.

Are Assistive Listening Devices the Solution?

A range of assistive listening devices is available to help people with distinctive hearing needs. They fall into these general categories:
Loop (IL)

Loop (IL) transmission or other transmission method.

FM systems use radio signals to transmit amplified sounds up to 300 feet. They’re useful in many public places such as classrooms, where the instructor wears a small microphone connected to a transmitter and the student listens via a worn receiver, which is tuned to a specific frequency or channel.

IR systems use infrared light to transmit sound. Unlike IL or FM systems, an IR system signal can’t pass through walls. It’s particularly useful in courtrooms, where confidential information is often discussed, and in buildings where competing signals can be a problem, such as classrooms or movie theaters. However, infrared systems can’t be used in environments with too many competing light sources, such as outdoors or in strongly lit rooms.

Personal amplifiers are useful in places where ALDs aren’t available or when you’re watching TV, being outdoors or traveling in a car. About the size of a cell phone, personal amplifiers increase sound levels and reduce background noise for a listener. Some have directional microphones that can be angled toward a speaker or other source of sound. As with other ALDs, listeners wear a receiver, either as a headset or earbuds, which picks up the amplified sound.

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