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
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 (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
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 (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
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
Lithium ion rechargeable batteries have expanded the capabilities of technology throughout several industries in recent years. Lightweight, small and powerful, they have allowed laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, and numerous medical devices to leap forward in what they can do. They have also allowed hearing aids to become rechargeable for the first time, so you don’t need to purchase replacement batteries, remove the compartment at night, or fumble with changing them any longer! Simply place your hearing aids onto a charging station and they’ll be ready for you again in a few hours. As an added bonus, rechargeables are more environmentally friendly than their disposable counterparts.
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 short-range wireless platform that is used widely in electronics. It allows smartphones and computers to connect to speaker boxes, earbuds and car audio systems, but it isn’t limited to that. In fact, up to 7 devices at a time can connect to one source via Bluetooth. It has taken off in popularity with hearing aids, as well.
By pairing your hearing aids to the various devices you use throughout your day, you can stream audio directly from your smartphone or computer, for phone calls and video conferences. By eliminating the extra speakers and microphones involved in using your hearing aids in the traditional way, you can enjoy much-improved sound quality. You can even pair to your TV using a TV adapter device to get the best audio quality while you’re watching, adjusted exactly to the fitment of your hearing aids.
Widex is committed to good design both inside and out. You can expect Widex hearing aids to sound spectacular, and look just as good. Every aspect of a Widex hearing aid is designed to be as close to perfect as possible.
Widex MOMENT offers the fastest sound processing available with only 0.5 milliseconds of latency. This allows them to offer the best sound quality available, with realistic sound localization even as you walk around and move your head. Simply put, they’re the most natural-sounding hearing aids you can get!
Zen Therapy is included in Widex hearing aids and helps people with various types of tinnitus.
Phonak Audeo Paradise hearing aids are inspired by nature itself to offer the most realistic sound possible. With reimagined hardware and several elevated new features, the result is breathtakingly realistic audio and easy control via smart apps. Offering personalized noise canceling, voice assistant access with a single tap, enhanced speech understanding and crisp, natural sound, if you’re looking for the best in hearing aid audio look no further than Phonak’s Audeo Paradise.
Featuring revolutionary sensor technology that follows your every move, the new Signia Motion X platform gives you the most realistic sonic picture of the world around you as you move through your day. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, on-the-go charging, automatic program switching as you change environments, and an AI digital assistant at the ready, Signia’s Motion X represents a new bar in hearing aid technology.
With rechargeable batteries that last up to 61 hours on a single charge, a sleek behind-the-ear fit that’s as comfortable as it is attractive, and the brilliant sound quality of the Signia Xperience sound engine, you can be sure you’re getting the state of the art when you choose Signia Motion X.
Starkey’s Livio Edge AI offers next-generation sound that has never been possible… Until now. The sound field around you is interpreted by artificial intelligence to bring you the best quality imaginable, even in challenging environments. You’ll hear what’s important to you above and beyond the noise, restoring hearing ability in most cases to the equivalent of a 20-year-old with normal hearing.
Turn on “Edge Mode” to give speech a boost when you need to hear someone through a facemask, or in a busy crowd. What’s more, you have the option to choose between the standard rechargeable behind-the-ear type, or the world’s first in-the-canal rechargeable type, perfect for wearing with facemasks.
The benefits of Livio Edge AI don’t stop at hearing. Accompanying smart apps utilize your hearing aids’ accelerometers and audio to keep track of your movement throughout the day, as well as your brain engagement. There’s even a feature to automatically send an alert in case of a fall. Livio Edge AI truly keeps up with you, so you can keep up with life!