Types of Hearing Aids

 

It is important for you to understand that the size or hearing aid style is totally independent of the type of circuitry that is inside the hearing aid. Most patients come in wanting the smallest hearing aid available, although a small hearing aid may not be the best choice for their individual hearing loss. We do not attempt to persuade our patients to purchase a particular size of hearing aid, but we do want them to make an informed and educated decision.

Many factors determine the style of hearing aid we might recommend, including the amount of hearing loss, the shape and size of the patients ears, the patients listening needs, dexterity and potential health concerns. 

We offer a wide selection of digital hearing aids. We will work with you to find the best solution for your hearing care needs within your budget.

The following is a brief description of some of the hearing aid styles.

Completely-in-the-canal

Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are inserted deep into the ear canal for those who want “invisible” hearing aids. CIC’s are not typically the best choice to treat high frequency hearing loss, severe hearing loss or poor speech understanding in noise.

In-the-canal

In-the-canal hearing aids fill the ear canal and may be more cosmetically pleasing than the full shell style.

Full shell in-the-ear

Full shell in-the-ear hearing aids are the largest of the custom fitted in-the-ear aids. ITE’s fill the bowl of the ear. They are the most versatile and powerful of all custom fitted hearing aids and are typically a good option for people with poor dexterity.

Behind-the-ear

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are housed in curved cases that fit neatly behind the ear. A custom earmold made to the shape of the ear delivers the sound into the ear canal. BTE’s are the most versatile and powerful of all hearing aids, fitting the widest range of hearing losses.

Receiver-in-the-Canal

Receiver-in-the-Canal hearing aids have gained popularity in recent years due to their small size and natural sound quality of the wearers own voice. RIC style hearing aids sit snuggly on top of the ear while a tiny wire sends the amplified sound down into the receiver (speaker) inside the ear canal.