Types of Hearing Aids
Thanks to advancements in technology, today’s hearing aids are sleek, more compact than ever before and can be used for all types of hearing loss. As you may already know, hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles. There are several main types of hearing aids each containing different technology and features depending on the hearing aid style.
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Invisible In The Canal (IITC)
The smallest custom style, IIC instruments sit almost invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss. Not all hearing losses or ear canal sizes are appropriate for this choice.
Behind The Ear (BTE)
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aid models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. This type of hearing aid is available in various colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones).
Receiver In The Ear (RITE)
RITE hearing aid models are basically mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses.
In The Canal (ITC)
ITC hearing aid instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.
Completely In The Canal (CIC)
CIC hearing aids are among the smaller custom style products and fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal for most people. They can be used to treat mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal because they can be worn very discreetly.
In The Ear (ITE)
In-the-Ear hearing aids can be an effective solution for almost all types of hearing loss. All components reside within a lightweight plastic shell which makes it simple to insert and remove. Their bigger size accommodates a variety of feature options, including special controls that are easy to adjust to the current listening environment.
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