Hearing Aid Styles and Hearing Loss Solutions
Your ability to hear is as unique as your fingerprint. No two people have exactly the same hearing impairment. As an independent provider we are not tied to one brand of products as are the franchised hearing aid providers. Our mission is to provide you with the best hearing possible, given one’s hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. Schedule your personal appointment.
Invisible In-the-Canal (IIC)
For those that do not want anyone to see their hearing aid, the IIC was designed to be invisible. The smallest custom hearing aid made was first introduced by Starkey.®
CIC’s are Custom designed to fit completely inside the ear canal, making it nearly invisible! By putting the microphone deeper into the ear, the wearer does not have as many problems with background noise, feedback, and wind.
In-the-Canal (ITC) and Mini-in-the-Canal (MC)
ITC hearing aids are fairly cosmetic. Due to size constraints they are more suitable for a moderate hearing loss. The MC, shown on the right, accommodates a more mild hearing loss and has a very small battery. The size of this hearing aid limits the features available.
Full Shell ITE hearing instruments can be used for a wide range of hearing loss. Due to their size, ITE hearing aids allow for bigger batteries, stronger receivers (speakers) and features such as a program buttons, and directional microphones.
Half Shell ITE hearing aids fill half of the ear. They are a little more cosmetic, yet large enough to add some extra features, like directional microphones, or multiple memories. They use smaller batteries than the ITE and are not recommended for a more severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids (BTE)
BTE hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and colors. They fit behind the ear and are attached to a custom earmold (left) or a thin tube (right). Sound travels from the hearing aid, through the tubing, and the earmold into the ear canal. These can fit nearly every degree of hearing loss today.
Receiver-in-the ear/canal (RIE or RIC)
RIE’s and RIC’s are the same style. This style of hearing aid fits over the ear with the receiver (speaker) in the ear. This offers a much clearer sound and less feedback by separating the microphone and speaker. It is nearly invisible. With a power speaker and a custom earmold it can accommodate a greater hearing loss than other cosmetically appealing custom hearing aids.
What is Remote microphone design?
The RM design is unique because the microphone is placed at the end of a flexible tube, which is then placed securely in the concha symba of the pinna. The rest of the instrument is inserted into the ear as with conventional CIC designs. This unique placement of the microphone leaves the user with many great benefits.
The placement of the microphone in the concha gives the hearing aid user a much better sound experience. With RM hearing aids the user will experience clear benefits in key areas, compared to conventional custom products:
- Natural directionality — RM delivers a 2-3 dB increase in speech frequencies, leading to as much as 30% better word recognition.
- Natural Wind noise protection — In trials of RM solutions, over 97% of test subjects said they weren’t bothered by wind noise.
- Natural sound localization — In a recent study, conventional instruments that could be expected to perform highly in sound localization tests, were compared against the new wave of instruments based on RM technology. Results showed the latter were far more effective in front-back localization.