What Are the Different Styles of Hearing Aids?
In the Ear (ITE) – Hearing aid consists of a customized ear shell that sits in the outer portion of the ear. The ear shell contains the hearing aid and keeps it steady on the ear. It is suitable for many types of hearing losses and is easy to insert and remove.
In the Canal (ITC) – Hearing aids consists of a small customized ear piece that sits mostly within the ear canal with only a little bit of the earpiece extending past the entrance of the ear canal.
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) – Hearing aid is custom designed to fit entirely within the ear canal. The aid can’t be seen unless you look directly into the ear canal.
Invisible in-the-Canal (IIC) – Hearing aid is custom designed to fit deep inside the ear canal. Hearing aid can’t be seen even if you look directly into the ear canal.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) – Hearing aid can range in size from small to large. Aid is designed to generate a lot of sound for a severe hearing loss. Device is typically only fit with a custom ear mold that sits in the outer portion of the ear with a tube connecting the aid to the ear mold.
Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) – Hearing aid is typically very small. Aid can fit a wide range of hearing losses except for profound losses. Aid is designed to fit discretely behind the ear with a small wire and speaker going inside the ear canal. The speakers are often held into the ear canal by either a custom ear mold or a plastic dome.
EarLens – Hearing aid is comprised of a photon processor and light tip which transforms sound into light and a lens that sits on the eardrum which transforms light into vibrations. It is fit with a custom ear mold, and appears much like a regular hearing aid.
Fully Implantable Hearing Aid – As the name indicates, the aid is surgically implanted underneath the skin. Aid does not have microphone or speakers like traditional hearing aids, but it still amplifies sounds and provides benefits very similar to a regular hearing aid.
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