Choosing the right hearing aid is a big decision. Part of making the right choice is knowing a bit about the different styles available and what they can offer you. Hearing aid styles are designed for a wide variety of hearing needs, so here's a handy guide to the key features of the most common styles.
Behind the Ear (BTE)
Behind the Ear hearing aids consist of a hard plastic shell that rests behind your ear and a plastic tube that connects to an ear mould fitted to your ear canal. BTE models are some of the largest hearing aids available. This makes them more noticeable than other styles, but also easier to manipulate.
Additionally, Behind the Ear hearing aids are tend to be among the most durable hearing devices on the market. If you are challenged with profound hearing loss, BTE hearing aids are capable of delivering the most powerful amplification and may be your best style option.
Mini Behind the Ear (Mini BTE)
Alongside Behind the Ear models, Mini BTE hearing aids have a different approach to delivering sound to your ear.
The microphone and amplifier of the hearing device is still contained in a compact shell that rests behind your ear. Sound is delivered to your ear through a small ear bud, rather than a moulded form that fills the canal. The ear bud leaves some of the ear canal open and can give a more "natural" sense to assisted hearing.
Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
Receiver in Canal hearing aids place a discreet shell tucked behind your ear, with wires connecting to a small ear bud or ear mould with a receiver that delivers sound to the ear canal. RIC hearing devices are smaller than BTE type hearing aids and therefore, less noticeable.
Receiver in Canal hearing aids can deliver powerful hearing assistance and some of the best overall sound quality of all the styles. RIC models are often on the cutting edge of technology advancements and smart device compatibility.
In the Ear (ITE)
Hearing aids that are In the Ear consist of a moulded plastic shell that rests in the outer ear and holds all components of the hearing aid. In the Ear models are easy to use and care for. They are well suited for telephone conversations and can make use of directional microphones.
However, because they are worn in the outer ear they are among the most noticeable styles of hearing aid.
In the Canal (ITC)
In the Canal hearing aids are moulded to fit tucked into the opening of the ear canal. These devices are very small, yet they are still able to accommodate features like directional microphones into their functionality. Their size and location in the ear makes them a very discreet option, but can also make them harder to place or manipulate for people with dexterity issues.
ITC models delver great sound directly into the ear canal but can also experience sound feedback.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
If invisibility is a priority, a completely in the Canal hearing aid may be your top choice. The hearing aid is moulded to your ear and placed entirely inside your ear canal. CIC hearing aids are lightweight but they also don't have the performance capabilities of larger models.
To use completely in Canal hearing aids requires good dexterity - the small devices have even smaller batteries, and the hearing aids can be hard to place if you have coordination challenges. Like ITC and ITE hearing aids, CIC styles are easy to use with a telephone. They make use of your natural ear shape to create directional hearing.
Invisible in the Canal (IIC)
Similar to CIC models, Invisible in the Canal hearing aids are placed even deeper into the ear canal. IIC models are the most discreet of all hearing aid options but their capabilities don't make them available for all levels of hearing loss.
Additionally, they require coordination to place correctly and change batteries. IIC models deliver clear sound without the risk of feedback, and for some people feel the most natural of the hearing aid designs.
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Hearing Aid Programming and Repairs
Objective Hearing Aid Programming
If you are not fully satisfied with the sound quality or amplification settings on the hearing aid, the device might require some reprogramming. We offer these adjustments for free for the life of the hearing aid.
If your hearing aid needs a repair, we offer the repair service to get your device working properly. This service covers repairs caused by wear-and-tear as well as user damage. If the hearing aids are under warranty period, it can be repaired for free cost except of physical damage. Repairing charges would be applicable for out of warranty hearing devices.
All the company hearing aids and amplifiers come with a full 24 month (It can be varied as per the company policy) manufacturer's warranty, which covers manufacturing defects. The guarantee will not be valid if hearing device has been modified or damaged by the user, if the serial number has been altered, or if repairs have been made without the consent and knowledge of the hearing experts.
Also, feel free to contact us if you think you require repairs on your device. Loss or user damage are not covered under warranty.