The Different Types and Styles of Hearing Aids

Once your hearing healthcare professional tells you that you are experiencing hearing loss, don’t wait any longer to get yourself an aid.

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The Different Types and Styles of Hearing Aids

You may be hesitant to do so now, but the sooner you adapt to wearing a hearing device, the more time you have to enjoy your improved quality of living.

To help you on your journey towards searching for the perfect device, we’ve come up with a simple list of all the available types and styles of hearing aids in the market. Refer to this as your guide while getting started.


Behind-the-Ear Style (BTE)

BTE is the most common among all hearing aid styles. When worn, it sits comfortably behind the ear, hence its name. And in order to convey the sounds processed by the device, a delicately plastic tubing is used to travel sounds all the way down to the ear canal. BTE hearing aids are sturdy and easy-to-clean.

 

Receiver-in-the-Ear or Receiver-in-Canal Style (RITE/RIC)

These styles are a lot like BTE, only that the speaker goes inside the ear canal — microphone and processor remain sitting behind the ear. Also, instead of plastic tubing, thin electrical wires are used to transmit sounds across.

 

Canal Style

Canal style hearing aids, as the name suggests, are placed right in the ear canal. The following are different types of canal style hearing aids.

 

In-the-Ear (ITE)

ITE is a little bit bigger compared to the other canal style hearing aids. It is made in a way that every fragment of the device is contained in a protective case that fits right on the outside of the ear. Because it’s not too small, wearers have an easy time handling it. But if you’re using it for growing kids, take note that you might need to adjust the cases as the wearer grows.

 

In-the-Canal (ITC)

For ITC, a part of the device is positioned inside the ear canal while the other part remains just outside. It’s smaller than ITE which gives it an aesthetic advantage. On the other hand, it may need a little more attention in terms of maintenance.

 

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

CIC is one of the least visible types of hearing aid, because it is placed right in the ear canal. It has a tip that acts as the wearer’s handle to easily take the device on and off. Because of its size and delicate position, this type of hearing aid requires a special care from the wearer.

 

Invisible-in-the-Canal Style (IIC)

IIC hearing aids are positioned even farther than CICs. This enables the device to come even closer to making it “invisible” when worn. For hygienic purposes, this type of hearing aids is advised to be removed every so often.

To summarize it all, today’s technology has made it possible for the hearing aid community to come up with a variety of options that will meet to the preference of different wearers. You can rest assured that finding the perfect device that will fit your liking wouldn’t give you a hard time at all. To start browsing for different styles, you may head on to our products section now!

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