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Hearing Aid Products

There is an assortment of style and technologies of hearing aids. The style and technology that is most suitable for you is determined based on the degree of hearing loss and your lifestyle. After a thorough hearing test, a hearing aid evaluation is conducted to explain the various options available to you. The following are some examples of styles for your knowledge:


Hearing Aid Styles

Open fit / (RIC) – open fit hearing aids are small devices placed behind the ear with a slim tube attached to the device and inserted down the ear canal. They are non-occluding. This style is good for people with a high frequency hearing loss or mild to moderate hearing loss. They help you hear better when background noise is present.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) – sit comfortably behind your ear while amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized earmold that fits securely into your ear. Because they are larger, BTEs can accommodate bigger batteries for longer life and larger amplifiers for maximum amplification. Most BTEs are compatible with assistive listening devices. BTEs are suitable for mild to profound hearing losses.

In-the-ear (ITE) – are custom-made to fit securely in your outer ear, ensuring optimum performance and maximum comfort. ITEs are suitable for mild to severe hearing losses.

In-the-canal (ITC) – are custom-made to fit almost entirely inside your ear canal, making them difficult to notice. ITCs are suitable for mild to moderately-severe hearing losses

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) – fit deep inside your ear canal so that they’re practically invisible. Benefits include cosmetic appeal, reduced feedback and excellent sound quality. CICs are suitable for mild to moderately-severe hearing losses.

It is important to consult a hearing healthcare professional who can offer recommendations and advice to help you with this difficult decision.

There are many features in a digital hearing aid that help to make sound comfortable and control environmental noise in order that speech is prioritized. There is a wide selection of technological features available, from directional microphones, compression, automatic volume adjustment, multiple memory, multi-channel frequency shaping, wind noise reducer, feedback suppression and more. Again, Sherina Samuel, Doctor of Audiology, will discuss these features and recommend those that are suitable to your listening requirements.

 

 

 

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