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Explaining the Different Types of Hearing Aids

Thursday, February 2, 2017 2:18:35 PM Australia/Melbourne

Explaining the Different Types of Hearing AidsHearing aids are one of the most important tools for audiologists. They’re also one of the most frequently innovating. Gone are the days when hearing aids were a one-size-fits-all solution, when you would walk into a doctor’s office, be diagnosed with hearing loss, given a hearing aid and sent on your merry way. And thank goodness for that! Hearlink believes that hearing loss is as unique as every patient that we see. It’s like saying that everyone has the same personality… simply not true! Today we do a deep dive into the different types of hearing aids, so that in the future we can discuss which make the most sense for you.


The first type of hearing aids that you’ll commonly see, is the Invisible-in-the-Canal hearing aid, also commonly referred to as the IIC. This is the smallest and most discreet model, hence its name. These are most frequently used for mild to moderate hearing loss and are designed to be easily removed. When worn regularly, these can promote good ear health.


Next up is the Completely-in-Canal hearing aid, or the CIC. These are also custom-made, and will fit comfortably inside the ear canal. The only part of the hearing aid that a very well-educated passerby might notice would be the “handle,” a small and plastic piece of the hearing aid, which users leverage to both insert and remove the hearing aid.


You might notice a trend as we next explore the ITC, or In-the-Canal and the ITE or the In-the-Ear. We like to keep things simple around here. While these do sit comfortably in the ear canal, as the name infers, there is a small area of the hearing aid which is viewable to those nearby. These hearing aids are more helpful for moderate to severe hearing loss.


The Receiver-in-Canal is great for those who are looking for a subtle solution. The RIC is barely visible, but leverages a different engineering style than the aforementioned styles. The RIC’s speaker sits comfortably inside the ear canal. The speaker is also known as the receiver. Then there are electrical wires, very thin ones, which users use instead of an acoustical tube made of plastic. The goal of both the tube or the wires is to reduce distortion from surrounding noise. The RIC is often presented as an alternative option to the CIC or ITC, as its very much geared towards those with mild to moderate hearing loss.


Finally today we cover the Behind-the-Ear model, or the BTE, whose look and feel may appear very familiar to those not familiar with hearing aids. This is a very commonly chosen model as its easy to set up and navigate. All of the necessary technology to amplify sound can be found in a casing directly behind the ear. This casing is connected to one of the aforementioned acoustical tubes which then sends the sound into either an earmold or an ear bud inside the ear canal. These are great for those with moderate to severe hearing loss.

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