Once we’ve determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, there’s still an important decision to make: what style of hearing aid is right for you. There are many different styles of hearing devices, ranging from behind-the-ear models to invisible hearing aids. Edmonton clients come to Hearing Care Clinic for all types of hearing aids in a range of the best brands on the market. The type of hearing aid that you choose depends on various factors, including:
Styles of Hearing Aids
In-the-ear hearing aids are discreet models that fit inside your ear canal and are custom-fit to you. They’re available in various sizes.
Invisible in the Canal (IIC)
IIC devices sit in or past the second bend of your ear canal, making them invisible to those around you. They are the smallest style of custom hearing aids and are specifically designed for those with hearing loss that is mild or moderate.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
These discreet devices fit entirely within the ear canal for most wearers. Their small size means that they have cosmetic appeal, but they are only appropriate for those with mild or moderate hearing loss.
In the Canal (ITC)
Slightly larger than invisible models, ITC devices nestle within the lower portion of your ear and are for those with mild or moderate hearing loss. These have a longer battery life than invisible models and can have extra features like volume controls and directional microphones.
Full Shell or In the Ear (ITE)
Full shell devices fit inside of your conchal bowl. They are larger than other in-ear styles, meaning that they have a range of features including directional microphones and a larger battery, making them a great choice for those with mild or even severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Styles
Behind-the-ear hearing aids sit behind or on top of the ear and utilize tubing routed down into the ear. They’re available in various colours and styles, allowing for either a discreet appearance or eye-grabbing varieties that showcase your personal style.
Mini BTE with Slim Tube and Tip
Mini BTEs hide behind your outer ear and utilize ultra-thin tubing for a discreet appearance. This doesn’t completely block your ear canal, allowing airflow and sound to enter the ear naturally while the device amplifies the sound. This open fitting is recommended for those with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss.
Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
Also known as receiver in canal (RIC), RITE models incorporate the speaker into the ear tip, rather than the main body of the device. It looks similar to the mini BTE and is good for those with mild to severe hearing loss.
BTE with Ear Moulds
BTEs with Ear Moulds have a longer shape that follows the curve of your outer ear. It’s an effective choice for those with mild to profound hearing and includes features like volume control and a program button. The colour and style will determine exactly how it will look on you.