aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments
in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control
up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In
contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aid responds
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.
As the level of the technology increases in hearing aids, so do
the availability of advanced features.
Hearing Aid StylesHearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today's hearing aids are considered sleek, compact and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the number of features the instrument has and not necessarily on the style selected. Today's digital hearing aids are typically offered in various levels, such as basic, entry, advanced or premium level. Within each level, different technology and features are available.
These are the considerations for selecting a hearing aid style
IN-THE-EAR HEARING AID STYLES
Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They're available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.
IN THE CANAL (IIC)
The smallest custom style, IIC instruments, sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are specifically designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
IN THE CANAL (CIC)
The smallest custom style, CIC instruments, fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild-to-moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal, as they're nearly invisible when worn.
ITC 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.
FULL SHELL OR IN THE EAR (ITE)
Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses.
BEHIND THE EAR HEARING AID STYES
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing/wiring that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or ear mold to secure them in the ear canal.
BTE WITH SLIM TUBE AND TIP
Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear and have ultra-thin tubing/wiring to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing/wiring connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn't occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild-to-moderate high frequency losses.
IN EAR (RIC)
RIC models are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.
BTEs with ear molds fit mild through severe hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features, including a program button and volume control. The ear mold color and style, as well as the wearer's hairstyle, determine exactly how they'll look on each person.
Bluetooth Hearing AidsBluetooth technology allows you to obtain a better sound quality when using your hearing aids with your favorite electronic devices. Most can be paired with a smart phone so that all phone calls or other sounds can be directly streamed to the hearing aid..The smart phone may also be used as a remote control for the hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Manufacturers
|Phonak's goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Phonak is the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With our creative solutions, we strive to overcome technological limitations - so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life's rich landscapes of sound.|
|ReSound provides excellent
sound by offering innovative hearing solutions that combine
original thinking and design with solid technology - all based on
deep audiological insight and understanding of hearing aid users.
|Signia is much more than the
hearing aids we produce. We are in the business of connecting
people and changing lives. We believe being able to hear the world
and the people around us is as essential to the human experience
|These three companies combined have products that can address any hearing loss configuration. As technology advances the above list may change.|
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