Hearing Cheat Sheet – An Overview of Different Types of Hearing Aids

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Hearing Cheat Sheet – An Overview of Different Types of Hearing Aids

It can be overwhelming to discover how many different options of hearing aids are available when confronted with hearing loss. Here are some facts and tips that will help make your decision easier.

(ITE) are “In the Ear” hearing aids. These types of devices are worn in the ear and are usually custom fit, based on an impression of the ear a health care provider will make. Their availability is styled by a selection of different skin tones, blending with your outer ear.

(BTE) are “Behind the Ear” hearing aids. This device sits behind or on top of the outer ear, allowing tubing to route the sound down and into the ear canal through a custom-fit mold. These models are also available in different colors and can be customized to display flair and personality.

(IIC) and (CIC) are “Invisible in the canal” or “Completely in canal” hearing aids. These are the smallest hearing aids on the market. Nestled deep in the ear canal, these devices are catered to mild or moderate hearing loss and have a large amount of cosmetic appeal due to their “invisibility” while wearing them.

(ITC) are “In the Canal” hearing aids. This style of hearing device rests on the lower quadrant of the outer ear bowl, allowing the user a comfortable and easy to use experience. The size of these devices allows them to feature other abilities such as directional microphones and volume wheels.

Low Profile hearing aids cover a wide range of designs that fill half the bowl of the outer ear to models that can almost fill the entire outer ear bowl. Similar to ITC styles hearing aids, these low-profile devices also enable additional features, such as manual controls, and push buttons for changing programs. This size is preferable to individuals who experience dexterity related issues making them easier to use than smaller devices.