The current generation of hearing aids are a lot less conspicuous than loss of hearing!
There are numerous types of hearing aids available – ensuring that there is a model to suit everyone. We will work with you to determine the right type of hearing instrument for each individual however below is a summary of the models available from leading manufacturers:
Receiver In-Canal (RIC)
Ultra-small, lightweight, behind-the-ear style that sits snugly behind the ear and connects to the ear with a nearly invisible thin wire.
Tiny speaker in the ear canal delivers quality sound.
Benefits include more natural sound and less occlusion (“blocked ear” feeling) than a traditional BTE.
Cosmetically appealing and are available for mild to severe hearing loss.
Micro Behind-The-Ear (micro BTE)
These models are smaller than standard BTE models and are available for mild to severe hearing losses. They can be worn comfortably behind the ear and are available in many different colours, styles and designs. Small BTE hearing aid attaches to a slim tube which directs sound into the ear.
“Open” type of fitting is very comfortable and discreet and has a more natural sound with less occlusion (“blocked ear” feeling).
Worn comfortably behind the ear while amplified sound travels down a tube to a customized earmold that fits securely into the ear.
Because they are larger, BTEs can accommodate bigger batteries for longer life and larger amplifiers for maximum amplification for people with a more severe hearing loss.
Most are compatible with assistive listening devices and are suitable for mild to severe hearing losses.
Invisible in Canal (IIC)
IIC hearing aids are the smallest custom made hearing aids available in the market and are cosmetically appealing due to their invisible size. This tiny in-the-ear solution fits deeply inside the ear canal making it hidden from sight. Invisibility results may vary based on the anatomy of the ear. IIC hearing aids are suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing losses
Micro CIC (Completely in the Canal)
Micro CIC models are slightly larger than IIC but still ultra small and almost invisible in the ear.
Since the microphone is at the opening of the ear canal, this style provides a more natural sound quality. Suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing losses.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
CIC models are discreet yet have more power and some have the ability to be operated by a remote control. Custom made to fit in the ear canal, CIC models are suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing losses.
In -The-Ear (ITE)
These models are made specifically to fit the shape of your ear canal for maximum benefit and the best possible comfort. They are available in different skin tones, are unobtrusive and very effective. Suitable for mild to severe hearing losses.
Full Shell In -The-Ear (ITE)
Custom-made to fit securely and comfortably in the outer ear making it more suitable for people with dexterity challenges.
Larger in size than the half shell and ITE has wireless connectivity and can be connected to assistive devices. Available in different skin tones for mild to severe hearing losses.
Accommodates larger batteries required for longer life.