Finding the right hearing instrument can take time and a lot of consideration. At Niagara Hearing Aid Centre, we help our clients in the Niagara Region find a device that perfectly suits their hearing needs and lifestyle.
Hearing Device Styles
When choosing a hearing device, you need to consider many factors that come into play. The best solution will be based not only on the characteristics of your hearing loss, but also on your lifestyle, ear canal size and shape, dexterity, vision, mental capacity, earwax production, medical history, your work and activities, style preference and cost.
Take a look at the most common hearing aid styles and models:
Many people find these models the most comfortable. What's more, RIC hearing aids are discreet and offer natural sound quality. They are also easily worn with glasses, offer wireless connectivity to Bluetooth devices, and have a long battery life. Depending on the degree of hearing loss and ear shape, they may or may not require a custom mold.
The hearing instruments of this type fit deeply in the ear canal, which makes them virtually invisible, depending on the size of ear canal. Because of their position in the ear canal, they are physically protected from direct wind noise, and they require less gain, because the receiver is closer to the eardrum. Often, these models are compatible with cell and traditional phones.
Cosmetically appealing, these hearing devices fit completely in the canal (depending on size and shape). Similar to the IIC devices, they offer less wind noise effect, are compatible with telephones and require less gain.
In-The-Canal & Half Shell (ITC/HS)
If you experience manual dexterity difficulties, you may find the ITC and HS hearing instruments easier to navigate than the complete-in-canal models. These devices are usually compatible with telephones, and their batteries last longer than in the smaller hearing aids. Wireless option for Bluetooth devices is now available.
In-the-Ear hearing aids usually fully fit in the whole ear, which makes them easier to handle for people with manual dexterity problems. These models feature more user controls for volume and program switches, which are placed directly on the hearing aid. These models are also compatible with telephones, and they have long-lasting batteries. Wireless option for Bluetooth devices is now available.
Fitting comfortably behind the ear, these hearing aids and are connected by clear tubing to an ear mold that fits inside your ear canal. Without any electronic parts exposed to wax and moisture in the ear canal, these models are the most resistant to breakdowns and recommended for severe to profound hearing loss. Because of their large size, their batteries last the longest of any style of devices. The BTE models allow for FM compatibility, as well as for wireless connection to Bluetooth cell phones and devices.
For more information about hearing instruments, contact our hearing clinics in Fort Erie or Niagara Falls.