The various available styles of hearing aids are listed below. The two most popular designs are the CIC style hearing aid, which fits completely in the ear canal, and the BTE Mini or “Open-Fit” style product. Both of these hearing aid styles are barely visible when worn. One additional advantage of the open-fit style device is these types of aids are the most comfortable to wear.
Completely in the Canal Hearing Aid
The only indication of their existence is the tiny head of a plastic line which is used to insert and remove the aid. Individuals with a narrow ear canal may not be able to use this type of device. This type of hearing aid is suitable for mild or moderately severe hearing loss.
In the Canal Hearing Aid
In the canal aids are larger than CIC’s and also have a custom shell that fits in the ear canal. A small portion faces out into the outer ear. These aids are discreet yet they still are visible within the outer ear. This type of device is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. They also typically contain 2 microphones for better performance in group settings or background noise.
In the Ear Hearing Aid
In the ear aids house components in a custom formed shell that fits within the outer portion of the ear. Its size and easy to use controls make this design suitable for those with limited manual dexterity. This type of device is suitable for mild to severe / profound hearing loss.
BTE RIC – Receiver in the Canal
Receiver in the canal digital hearing aids are the latest technology. A variation of the ‘Open Fit Concept’, they are discreet and comfortable. Sophisticated technology that delivers clear, distinct speech in noisy backgrounds. Use 312 or 10 battery. Recommended for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Over the Ear Hearing Aid
These are standard digital hearing aids. They use a size 13 battery with an optional volume control and program button. Recommended for a wide range of hearing losses. Excellent choice for any wax issues since a mold is in the canal and receives any wax that is present.
BTE Mini Hearing Aid
A digital hearing aid smaller in size. Size 312 battery, no volume control and a program button. Recommended for mild to moderate hearing losses.
BTE – Behind The Ear Hearing Aid
These are standard digital hearing aids. They use a size 13 battery with an optional volume control and program button. Recommended for a wide range of hearing loss. Excellent choice for any wax issues since a mold is in the canal and receives any wax that is present.
Power BTE Hearing Aid
These digital hearing aids are generally larger, use either a size 13 or 675 battery, and are very powerful. They have a volume control and a program button. recommended for profound hearing losses. Power BTE provides ample amplification as well as excellent word discrimination in difficult listening environments.
Which One is Best For Me?
There are several factors that you should consider when choosing a Hearing Aid:
- degree of hearing loss
- listening requirements
- ear shape and size
- ability to handle instrument and controls
- lifestyle needs
Consider these factors, your expectations and needs as well as what device best fits your price range and hearing aid types. This can be further discussed with the Audiologist before your selection is successfully conducted.