Today’s hearing aids are typically offered in various levels such as basic or entry-level to advanced or premium-level. Within each level, different technology and features are available. Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today’s hearing aids are considered sleek, compact, and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
THE VARIOUS TYPES OF HEARING AID DEVICES:
1. Completely in the Canal (CIC)
The smallest custom made style , CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal.
They fit mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal as they’re nearly invisible when worn.
2. Open Micro-Contours
The open micro-contour device is positioned around the ear. It consist of a microphone tube which conducts the sound to a standard tip. This device is ideal as it does not obstruct the ear canal. Although these devices do not address all hearing loss issues, open micro-contours offer a comfortable hearing experience.
3. Micro-Contours in “ear-in-ear” Devices or RITE (Receiver In The Ear)
Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids are smaller devices. Compared to open hearing aids these are equipped with a micro tube which contains an electric cable connected to an earphone that is placed inside the auditory canal.
This is most probably the best compromise between efficiency and discretion.
4. Ear Contours or BTE (Behind The Ear)
For patients with more severe hearing loss or with smaller ear canals, behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE) are a great solution. All the electronic parts in the hearing aids are hidden in the cover that sits discreetly behind the ear. A customized earmold and tube channels sound into the ear. In addition, one can easily control volume and select programs.
All these hearing aids can be used with communication devices to help improve quality of life by enabling a :
• direct connection to landline telephone and mobile phones
• direct connection to broadcast systems for TV’s and remote microphones …