Hearing aids are devices worn in or around the ear to amplify sound for individuals with hearing loss. They come in various styles, including in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, and in-the-canal. Some newer hearing aids are also equipped with advanced features such as noise reduction and the ability to connect to smartphones and other devices. They are usually prescribed and fitted by an audiologist or hearing aid specialist. It is important to have regular check-ups and maintenance for hearing aids to ensure they are working properly and to make any necessary adjustments.
Hearing Aids & Styles Available
Choosing the right hearing aid is crucial for maximizing the benefits of the device. At our practice, we offer a wide range of styles to suit different needs, including:
- Invisible in canal (IIC): These hearing aids are custom-fit to fit deeply in the ear canal, making them virtually invisible when worn. They are most suitable for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
- Completely in canal (CIC): This discreet style is similar to the IIC and is ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC): This style features external controls and a fit that allows you to wear glasses. Only a small portion of the device will be visible.
- In the ear (ITE): This custom-molded style is comfortable and works well for those with mild to severe hearing loss.
- Receiver-in-canal (RIC): A popular choice, this style offers a balance of features and size.
- Behind the ear (BTE): These hearing aids are worn behind the ear with a thin tube connecting to a receiver in the ear. They are one of the most feature-rich styles and are suitable for those with severe hearing loss.
- BTE with earmolds: Similar to the BTE style, this option includes an added earmold to improve the listening experience.
- Mini BTE with slim tube and tip: This style offers the same build and features as BTE models but in a smaller package.
All of these styles are available to discuss with your audiologist or hearing aid specialist to find the one that fits you best.