There are a number of different types of hearing aids to select from based on the individual needs:
- Degree and nature of hearing loss
- Match power to style
- Cosmetic appeal
- Manual dexterity
- Physical nature of ear
The behind the ear (BTE)
types of hearing aids are effective in helping all hearing impaired individuals from those with mild loss to those with severe loss of hearing. The large part of the hearing aid fits right behind the ear. It has a clear tube that is attached to a smaller piece that fits inside the ear. This is a full strength hearing aid that is also adjustable.
Open fit (RIC)
receiver in the canal hearing aids are the newest state of the art technology. These hearing aids are so small that they are essentially invisible. The tubing that brings the sound to the ear is ultra slim with a small flexible tip that sits in the ear canal. The small tip in the ear results in an open fit without 'plugging' the ears. An open fit hearing aid usually results in a more comfortable fit, a more natural sound, and can eliminate problems with your own voice.
The in the ear (ITE)
model is a large size hearing aid.
This hearing aid is designed for people with varying degrees of hearing loss from mild to severe. It fills the entire center of the ear. The ITE hearing aid is almost impossible to hide, however it has a long battery life and it works with a directional microphone and other accessories.
The in the canal (ITC)
types of hearing aids are only effective for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. This hearing aid is specifically designed to fit the shape and size of an individual’s ear canal.
The completely in the canal (CIC)
types of hearing aids are similar to the ITC type in that it is only effective for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. It is a lot smaller than the ITC type of hearing aid. This hearing aid is so tiny that it cannot be removed from your ear with your fingers. To remove the hearing aid, you need grab onto the tiny wire and pull it out of your ear.