There are numerous hearing aid options on the market. Some varieties are implanted; others are worn on the outside, and some are fashion-friendly. All these devices are targeted to improve hearing by amplifying sounds. Although they all target the same outcome and are made of the same essential parts, the design and options companies provide may vary.

CIC or Completely in the Canal

This model is fitted into the ear canal and is designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.1 They are the smallest hearing aid unit that comes custom fitted to fit comfortably inside the ear canal. It is shaped to the individual’s ear to make it comfortable and more efficient. 2 Because it does not have buttons or other outside controls, it isn’t easy to see the device.

ITC (in-the-ear-canal)

Very similar to the CIC, but this hearing device is partially in the ear canal. It is molded to fit in the inner ear but has a small visible appearance. It, too, is for mild to moderate hearing loss.

In the ear (ITE)

This is another custom-fitted hearing aid with a more visible outer portion. They tend to have a larger battery, which means longer battery life, but a bulkier product. Some may have controls to adjust the volume of amplification.3 This type is made in two custom styles and is designed for mild to more severe hearing loss.

Behind the Ear (BTE)

Mostly made of hard plastic, this hearing aid is worn behind the ear and molded to fit the ear’s outside and inside. This style hooks around the ear with a tube that connects to the earpiece. This is the most common style among all ages and can be made to help those at any level of hearing loss.

Receiver in Canal (RIC) and RITE

This option is similar to the behind the ear option with a speaker that sits in the ear canal. They are more commonly known for their open-fit device with a smaller tube or wire than the BTE style. It is less visible behind the ear but does have a visible portion.

Open Fit

An open-fit hearing aid has a similar behind-the-ear style with a small tube.  It has an open dome shape that fits in the ear. The ear canal is open, allowing high-frequency sounds to be more amplified and allowing the sound to travel more naturally into the ear. This style is evident and is designed for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Additional Features

There are many reasons to choose a specific hearing aid beyond the cost. There are hearing aids that have app connectivity to adjust frequency and volume and troubleshooting and custom change. There are also possibilities for your hearing aid to connect to your smart devices such as an iPhone, tv, car stereo, and almost anything with Bluetooth connectivity.

Final Thought

When choosing a hearing aid, consider your level of hearing and what your lifestyle requires. The options are endless, and the styles are designed to meet the needs of anyone. Choose what is comfortable and then affordable to ensure your hearing aid needs.

Reference

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/in-depth/hearing-aids/art-20044116
  2. https://www.calverthearingcare.com/hearing-aids-news/pros-and-cons-of-completely-in-canal-cic-style-hearing-aids/
  3. https://www.starkey.com/hearing-aids/styles/in-the-ear
Published On: March 16th, 2021 / Categories: Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Senior Products /

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