Hearing Aid Styles & Types

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Hearing Aid Styles

Here is some information regarding the different hearing aid styles available.

In-the-Canal (ITC) & Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

  • For mild to moderately – severe hearing loss
  • Smallest aids available
  • Fits inside the ear canal
  • Nearly invisible
  • Better sense of direction

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

  • For mild to moderately – severe hearing loss
  • Slightly visible in the ear
  • Moderate power
  • More venting options
  • Direction mic on select models
  • Volume control available

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Sometimes called Half/Full Shell
  • Visible in the ear
  • More power available

In-the-Ear (ITE)

  • For mild to profound hearing loss
  • Larger two – piece hearing aid
  • All components contained in a case that is worn behind the ear
  • May be barely visible depending on case color and earmold color
  • Available with Open-Fit Technology

The Three Main Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid types available on the market can be quite confusing. We simplify hearing aid types for our customers by separating them into three categories. You may also be interested in hearing aid styles – the designs that affect hearing aid fit, style, comfort and visibility.

Fully Digital – The Best Technology

Fully Digital hearing aids offer the most advanced sound processing and the greatest benefit to most people with a hearing loss. They are also usually the easiest hearing aids for a new user to get accustomed to. That may be why nearly three out of four new hearing aids dispensed are the fully digital type.

They are highly adjustable – they can be reprogrammed using a computer if your hearing loss changes, or if only certain frequencies need to be modified. Some models come with very advanced features, such as feedback management, directional microphones and digital noise reduction.

At Hearing Aid Express, we reprogram any digital hearing aid you get from us for FREE, for as long as you own it. Many places charge extra for adjustments.

Programmable – Good Technology

Programmable hearing aids are the predecessors to fully digital hearing aids. They typically have less advanced features than their fullly digital counterparts, but still offer high sound quality and more adjustment options than conventional hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Express will reprogram any programmable hearing aid you’ve purchased from us for as long as you own it for FREE.

Conventional – Basic Technology

Conventional hearing aids, also known as analog or linear hearing aids, have been helping people hear better for years. They are the lowest priced type of hearing aid.

They offer basic amplification with some adjustments available. They are not as adjustable for future changes in hearing loss, and tend to not perform as well in background noise as programmable or fully digital hearing aids.

Conventional aids are best suited for people who are willing to give up the advantages of programmable and digital hearing aids for the lowest priced.

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