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Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids today come in a wide range of styles and technology levels.  Example of styles include behind the ear, or in the ear models.  Technology levels vary from basic entry-level to advanced premium-level.  Advanced features are available in increasing hearing aid technology levels-independent of the style.  The cost of hearing aids generally depends much more on the number of features the instrument has, rather than the style or size of the hearing aid.

A patient’s preference can often guide what style of hearing aid is best for you.  Your lifestyle demands will help your Audiologist in choosing what hearing aid technology level will provide for your hearing needs.

Hearing Aid Styles

Receiver in the canal hearing aidRIC (Receiver-in-the-canal):

These are very small receiver-in- the-canal devices that fit behind the ear. With RIC hearing aids, sound is sent directly from the housing behind your ear through a thin wire to the receiver which is in your ear canal. Not only do they provide outstanding sound, they are discreet and come in a variety of colors.  This style will work for patients with mild to severe hearing losses.

 

 

In The Canal Hearing AidsITE (In the Ear):

ITE devices are custom made and fill the concha (the bowl of the ear) and some portion of the ear canal. A broad range of circuit designs are available that allow these devices to be used in individuals with a mild to severe hearing loss.  Features such a volume control can be available on these products which allows a patient some manual control.

 

 

 

ITC (In-the-Canal):

 

These devices are smaller than ITEs and fit only in the outer portion of the ear canal. ITCs are suitable for patients with a, mild- to-moderate hearing loss.

 

 

 

completely in the ear hearing aidCIC (Completely-in-the-Canal):

 

CICs are among the smallest devices available and are cosmetically desirable because they fit deep in the canal and take advantage of the ear’s natural resonance and shape, allowing for a more natural sound quality.  While CICs, are not appropriate for all patients, they are suitable for individuals with a mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.

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