Hearing Aid Styles
When it comes to choosing a hearing aid that’s right for you, the huge range of styles and brands to choose from can seem daunting. Knowing what style is right for you or what brand to trust can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From the most powerful Behind the Ear model to the nearly invisible Completely In the Canal style, we offer a full range of digital hearing aids to meet your needs. Here are some of our most popular styles and brands.
Receiver in the canal
Receiver In the Canal (RIC) models are similar to BTE models in that part of the hearing aid still sits outside the ear. What makes this different is that the receiver, or speaker, is placed right into the ear canal. It’s connected to the outer portion by small, clear tubing. From mild to severe hearing loss, RIC hearing aids are more discreet than BTE models, and provide more natural hearing. RIC hearing aids are the most popular hearing aid on the market and are great for first time wearers. Our favorite RIC hearing aids come from Starkey and Signia.
In the Ear
In The Ear (ITE) hearing aids fit all the components of the hearing aid into a small case that sits right inside your ear. This is much smaller than either the BTE or RIC models, and is custom made to fit your outer ear perfectly. Your ear may not feel as open as with a RIC hearing aid, but the closer fit means less feedback, and more natural hearing. ITE styles are a good balance between battery size and features, providing great amplification without sacrificing the features you want. Rexton, Siemens, Starkey and Signia all make ITE hearing aids.
completely in the canal
Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are tiny devices that fit right into your ear canal. Only a small part of the hearing aid is visible, and it’s more hidden than the ITE style which covers much of the outer ear. CIC styles are perfect for anyone who wants their hearing aids to go unnoticed. Do you live an active lifestyle? CIC hearing aids have more than just cosmetic benefits. These custom made hearing aids fit easily under helmets or headbands. With almost no wind interference, CIC hearing aids use the natural curve of the outer ear to provide clear directionality and added amplification for the most natural sound. Since CIC styles sit right inside the ear canal, they are more prone to earwax buildup, and have to be cleaned regularly. CIC hearing aids do have smaller batteries, so they’re recommended for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Both Starkey and Rexton make exceptional CIC hearing aids.
Behind the Ear
Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aids are hearing devices that sit outside your ear, and tuck away behind your outer ear. These hearing aids are powerful and chockful of advanced features. Nothing beats their directional and spatial features that are designed great for speech understanding and listening in every environment. They also have room to house a long-lasting battery, so you don’t have to worry about running out of power. Sleek, well-fitting BTE products are perfect for severe or profound hearing loss, but are also recommended for children who are still growing, and for those who don’t have the dexterity to fiddle with a tiny hearing device. Most hearing aid manufacturers create BTE models, including Siemens, Signia, and Rexton.
For these hearing aid styles and more, or to learn what hearing aids can do for you, come visit us today at our Sun City office to discuss your options for improved hearing!