Hearing Aids

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the large variety of hearing devices on the market. We will recommend the best type for you based on hearing loss, aesthetics, lifestyle needs and budget.
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IIC style

Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)

The Invisible-in-the-Canal device is placed deeper into the ear canal than other styles, making it nearly invisible. In order to maintain good ear health, IIC hearing aids removed daily. 

  • Custom-made for your ears
  • Suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Almost impossible to see

completely in canal

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

CIC hearing instruments are tailored to fit in the ear canal entirely. Only the tip of a tiny plastic removal cord is visible outside the ear canal. 

  • Very difficult to see by others
  • Great sound quality
  • Great for moderate to severe losses
in the canal

In the Canal (ITC)

ITC’s  are placed in the lower part of the outer ear canal. They are a little larger than CIC’s.

  • Boasts a slightly longer battery life than smaller aids
  • Can fit a wider range of hearing losses
  • Able to fit additional features like directional microphones and volume wheels

in the ear

In-The-Ear (ITE)

Custom-made to fit the ear canal, styles range from half-shell designs filling half of the outer ear to complete-shell models, which fill almost the entire outer ear bowl.

  • Large enough to contain more features like directional microphones and manual controls
  • Better for people with dexterity issues

receiver in canal

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) / Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE)

An open-fit style of hearing aid where the hearing aid speaker sits in the ear canal, the microphone and processor sit behind the ear. 

  •  Highly versatile device, appropriate for most losses
  • Most prevalent style
  • Likely to come with Bluetooth connectivity

behind the ear

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

The hearing technology is housed in a case which rests behind the ear. A transparent plastic tube directs sound into a custom earmold inside the ear canal.

  • Suitable for all types of hearing loss, including profound hearing loss
  • Space for a wide range of extra features

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Rechargeable batteries are currently used to power smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even a variety of medical devices, including some hearing aids. They provide a lot of power which makes them ideal for the small size of hearing aids.  

Benefits to using rechargeable lithium ion hearing aids:
  • No need to change small batteries every week. Great for those with dexterity issues like arthritis or visually impaired individuals.

  • It’s very convenient to charge the devices by simply placing them on a charging station.

  • Rechargeable batteries are much more environmentally friendly than using disposable batteries for the same period of time.

Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Bluetooth is a platform for wireless communication that moves information between electronic devices. Radio waves transmit information at a very high frequency.

Direct connectivity allows patients to discreetly control volume, change programs and even focus on different directions in challenging listening environments.

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