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Hearing Aids

Types of Hearing Aids

Mini Completely in the Canal (ILC):

The custom hearing aid is made using an impression of your ear. That impression is sent to the factory.

It is the smallest type of hearing aid available and fits entirely into the ear canal. Due to its small size and deep fit into the ear canal, it is perfect for people who work outdoors, or who want to wear their devices while sleeping. In addition, it is perfect for people who have cosmetic concerns and is also very convenient for phone use. Not a Bluetooth hearing aid.


In-the-Canal (ITC):

This is a smaller version of the ITE hearing aid and it is small enough to fit almost entirely in your ear canal.

This is perfect for people who want Bluetooth hearing aids or people whose ear canals do not accommodate the CIC.

In-the-Ear (ITE):

Also known as ITE hearing aids. The impression is sent to the hearing aid manufacturer and the hearing aid is custom made for your ear. ITE aids fill the entire outer bowl of the ear. These bluetooth hearing aids are often used for people with severe losses or those who have manual dexterity problems and have difficulty manipulating one of the smaller devices described below.

Power Behind-the-Ear (BTE):

These hearing aids are not custom-fit to the ear, but they are custom-programmed for your hearing loss. A plastic earmold which is custom-made for your ear attaches to the hearing aid and channels the sound into your ear. The earmold is made by making a silicone impression of your ear and ear canal. It is then sent to a lab which makes a customized earmold. Among other types of hearing aids, this hearing aid is the sturdiest and also has the potential for the most power.

Receiver in the Canal Mini BTE:

Open-ear hearing aids have become very popular over the last several years. This type of hearing aid is very much like the BTE hearing aids described above. They are smaller and have only a small plastic dome or earpiece that fits in the ear, leaving most of the ear canal open. These aids are perfect for people with any hearing loss. The speaker is in the ear canal, and the microphone hangs on the back of the ear. Since the ear canal is open, areas where you may have normal hearing are allowed to pass through naturally and the hearing aid provides amplification in the higher frequencies. Your own voice will sound more natural.


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