There are a number of different types of hearing aids and options to select from based on individual needs, preferences and lifestyle:
- Rechargeable System
- Degree and nature of hearing loss
- Match power to style
- Cosmetic appeal
- Manual dexterity
- Physical nature of ear
The behind the ear (BTE)
types of hearing aids are effective in helping all hearing impaired individuals from those with mild to severe hearing loss. The large part of the hearing aid fits right behind the ear. It has a clear tube that is attached to a smaller piece that fits inside the ear. This is a full strength hearing aid that is also adjustable.
Open fit (RIC)
receiver in the canal hearing aids are the newest state of the art technology. These hearing aids fit over the ear and are essentially invisible. The tubing that brings the sound to the ear is ultra slim with a small flexible tip that sits in the ear canal. The small tip in the ear results in an open fit without ‘plugging’ the ears. An open fit hearing aid usually results in a more comfortable fit, a more natural sound, and can eliminate problems with your own voice. Also available as a rechargeable system!
The in the ear (ITE)
model is a custom full shell hearing aid. This hearing aid is designed for people with varying degrees of hearing loss from mild to severe. It fills the entire center of the ear. The ITE hearing aid is almost impossible to hide, however it has a long battery life and it works with a directional microphone, bluetooth and other options and accessories.
The in the canal (ITC)
types of hearing aids are effective for people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss. This hearing aid is specifically designed to fit the shape and size of an individuals ear canal.
The completely in the canal (CIC)
types of hearing aids are effective for people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss. It is a lot smaller than the ITC type of hearing aid. A removable handle is attached on the faceplate of the hearing aid in order to remove the instrument from the canal of the ear.