Hearing Aid Styles
All hearing aids contain the same components: receiver (microphone), amplifier, speaker, battery, and program/volume control. Hearing aid styles differ in the organization of these parts and how they are worn. Which style is right for you? When selecting a style, many items are considered including the following:
Behind the Ear (BTE)
BTE hearing aids consist of two major components: a plastic casing that houses the electronic parts of the aid and drapes over the back of your ear, and a plastic tube that is fitted in your canal to deliver amplified sound. BTE hearing aids treat mild to profound levels of hearing loss. BTE hearing aids are great for people with dexterity issues, as their controls are easily accessible. However, they may not be convenient for people who wear glasses.
Receiver in Canal (RIC)
RIC hearing aids are similar to BTE hearing aids, with the speaker positioned within the ear canal. However, they have a slimmer profile, with a thin wire that connects the speaker to a less-visible plastic casing. RIC hearing aids are a popular discreet treatment option for mild to moderate hearing loss.
In the Ear (ITE)
All components of the hearing aid are housed in one case that is worn as a full or half shell in the ear. ITE hearing aids are made from a customized mold of your ear, with the faceplate on the surface of your concha. ITE hearing aids accommodate a smaller range of hearing needs and are usually recommended for individuals who have mild to severe hearing loss. Their small parts may be difficult for people with dexterity issues, but they are convenient for glasses-wearers.
In the Canal (ITC) and Completely in the Canal (CIC)
While ITE hearing aids are visible, both ITC and CIC hearing aids are virtually undetectable and provide much discretion. Both ITC and CIC styles are custom made from an impression of your ear, and then are gently inserted by you or your hearing professional. Both ITC and CIC hearing aids accommodate levels of mild to severe hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Manufacturers
Hearing Wellness Solutions dispenses hearing aid technology products from several manufacturers including: GN ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Rexton, Signia, Starkey, Unitron, and Widex. Your professional will determine which product is right for you after testing your hearing abilities and learning about your needs and communication style. The most important factor in determining a successful hearing aid fitting is the professional programming it, not the hearing aid. There are numerous choices in hearing aid technology. Your professional will help you choose the best technology for you based on your needs using only the latest in technology and offering solutions to meet any budget. No single manufacturer can meet the needs of every patient.
Hearing Aid Features & Technology
A wide range of technology and a variety of features are available in each hearing aid style. The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the number of features within the hearing aid.
Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. Premium or more advanced hearing aids respond automatically to changes in the listener’s environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes.
Wireless Hearing Devices
Deliver clear and secure audio directly to your hearing instruments. Stream stereo sound directly from your smart phone, TV, tablet, and/or additional microphone and personalize your hearing experience. We have your wireless hearing solution for any need.
Common Hearing Aid Features
Hearing aids are designed with features to accommodate the many different aspects of hearing loss. You will find a number of common features in hearing aids, outlined below.
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