Today’s technology allows for many hearing aid types. If you’re in the market for a hearing aid, you may be surprised at the multitude of choices you have for devices. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all molds and jumbo over-the-ear nuisances. Hearing aids have come a long way and now present a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. We’ll tell you about some options so that you can get acquainted with the terminology and hearing aid technology.
In-The-Ear – ITE Hearing Aids
If you have profound hearing loss, ITE aids are a great choice. These large devices cover the outer ear. The size allows for a bigger battery and receiver, directional microphones and other special controls.
In-The-Canal – ITC Hearing Aids
Worn in the lower half of the outer ear, ITC devices are discreet enough to be almost invisible, yet large enough for easy insertion and removal. The battery life is optimal too.
Completely-In-Canal – CIC Hearing Aids
CIC models are hidden entirely within the ear canal. The benefit of this tiny device
is that it leverages the ear’s natural ability to pick up sound. These hearing aids are fitted by taking impressions of the patient’s ear canal for optimum fit and comfort. The batteries are small, so manual dexterity is a must!
Microphone-In-Concha – MIC Hearing Aids
An MIC hearing aid is an excellent alternative for providing natural sound. These are specially fitted so that the main component rests in the ear canal while the microphone perches in the concha or the curvy part of the outer ear. Collectively, the aid is virtually invisible.
Behind-The-Ear – BTE Hearing Aids
The BTE design is one of the most popular choices. A BTE is thin, easy to hide and can blend in with skin tone or hair color. This custom-fit device sits directly behind the ear and connects to the ear canal with a transparent tube.
Receiver-In-Ear – RIE Hearing Aids
An RIE is made up of a tiny casing that situates behind the ear and a transparent tube that connects to a receiver in the ear canal. All of the electronic components are housed in the casing, allowing a compact fit.
Now that you have an overview of the types of hearing aids available to you, you are ready to speak to a representative at Optimal Hearing®. We’ll guide you in the right direction to guarantee that you purchase hearing aids that are perfect for you.
Call us at 888-461-0922 to learn about our hearing care professionals, products and hearing tests.