Types of Hearing Aids


When you find out that you need hearing aids, you probably get the image of a particular kind of hearing aid.  Maybe you picture the In The Ear hearing aid, which sits just in the ear, or maybe you envision the Behind The Ear version.  At any rate, what you think of when you hear ‘hearing aid’ may well be out of date.

While there are multiple technologies being researched, the ones we have now are:

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)— This is the most popular and well-known one.  They have gotten much smaller since your grandparents’ day, but work on the same principle.  The tech part sits behind the ear, and a plastic tube directs the acoustics into your ear.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)— This one looks a lot like the BTE, but the difference is in the sound delivery.  As the name implies, there is a receiver that sits within the ear, powered from the pack that sits behind the ear.

Invisible–Well, very nearly.  This device sits in the second bend of the ear canal, and has a small pull to take it out.  They are made to be removed daily for good ear health!

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)–Very similar to the Invisible, this one sits within the ear and has a pull to take it out.

In-The-Canal (ITC)–This one is visible as it sits on the ear canal and not within the canal completely.

In-The-Ear (ITE)–This one shows the most, as it has a face plate that takes up room on your ear.

So which hearing aid is right for you?  We won’t know until you’ve been seen by one of our audiologists for an evaluation and diagnosis discussion.  At that time, we can go over all of your options and help you understand what you can expect from hearing aids in your particular case.

There are many options for hearing aids, and the best one for you depends on your lifestyle and diagnosis.  Contact us and we can set you up with an evaluation, and we will then discuss what your needs are based on the things you do on a daily basis.  With so many options, why not hear better today?

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