Hearing aids are devices placed outside or inside the ear and is designed to amplify and process sounds in order to compensate for the hearing loss. The different styles of digital hearing aids available today are:
Behind the ear (BTE)
These are easy to wear devices that are designed to nestle comfortably behind the ear. These devices are suitable for any severity of hearing loss.
Receiver in the canal (RIC)
RIC hearing aids are also worn behind the ear. These aids look very much like the behind the ear hearing aids with one difference – the speaker of the hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal. This technology makes the RIC model very discrete, yet powerful with maximum wearing comfort.
These are worn directly in the ear. Suitable for mild to severe hearing losses, they are small, lightweight and custom made to suit wearer’s ear. They sit either in the bowl of the ear or deep in the ear canal. Available in different sizes, they provide great wearing comfort and a secure fit. The different types of custom hearing aids are as follows.
Invisible in the canal hearing Aids (IIC) – IIC is the smallest of all models and hence has the most aesthetic appeal. It is suitable for people with mild to moderately severe hearing losses. The IIC is so small that it can be placed very deep inside the ear canal, making it virtually invisible.
Completely in the canal (CIC) – CIC hearing aids are made to sit completely within the ear canal making them mostly invisible to others. They are one of the smallest hearing aids available. An ear canal impression has to be taken to give the hearing aid a perfectly tailored fit, which ensures maximum comfort and sound quality.
In the Canal (ITC) – ITC hearing aids are slightly larger custom hearing aids, making them easy to manipulate thus ensuring quick and easy insertion and removal.
In the Ear (ITE) – All parts of the ITE hearing aid is contained in a custom made shell that fits in the outer part of the ear. These hearing devices are larger than the small canal aids and are easier to handle due to their large size especially for those people with dexterity issues.