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Hearing Aid Styles
Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids offer the wearer many benefits. These devices cover a wide variety of hearing losses, from mild to severe – and can be paired to a non-custom dome or custom silicon earmold. Many love the discreet design that RIC hearing aids provide, as well as their directional microphone capabilities, and the comfort and ease of use they offer.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are often chosen for people with severe to profound hearing loss. They are among the most powerful hearing aids available today, and typically offer the wearer a number of on-board controls. Battery life is often longer, as these models use larger hearing aid batteries.
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) or
Invisible-in-the-canal and completely-in-the-canal hearing aids offer a discreet option for custom hearing aid wearers (custom hearing aids are generally indicated when a person has hearing loss in the low frequencies, dexterity limitations, or specific lifestyle considerations). For those concerned about other people seeing your hearing aid, an IIC can be an option. CICs offer pushbutton controls for volume and memory settings, and wireless CICs can be configured so that the patient has volume control for both ears AND memory control for functional changes for both ears (reducing background noise or wind noise, engaging directional microphones, etc.).
In-the-canal hearing aids are great options for people who need custom hearing aids and need more power than can be provided with the smaller CIC. They also offer greater on-board control of their custom hearing aids. This styles allow for both a volume wheel and a pushbutton control on each hearing instrument.
In-the-ear hearing aids are typically reserved for those patients with severe to profound hearing loss, with a significant low frequency component. Along with BTEs, these are among the most powerful hearing instruments available today. They offer a wide dynamic range and excellent sound quality, and are often preferred when dexterity limitations are an issue. Because essentially all sounds go through the processor, these hearing aids are very effective at reducing/eliminating feedback, and, through the use of compression, they are very effective at limiting exposure to loud sounds that can be uncomfortable to some patients with hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Manufacturers
Leading hearing aid manufacturer, and the only one based in the United States. Starkey’s hearing instruments have been highly regarded by professionals and patients, alike, for many years. Their products are technologically innovative, and the company recently introduced the first hearing aid to track body and brain health, the Livio AI.
Based in Denmark, ReSound has improved the quality of life for people with hearing loss, their families and friends since 1943. ReSound’s innovative hearing solutions combine original thinking and design with solid technology – all based on deep audiological insight and understanding of hearing aid users.
Signia and Rexton were formerly product lines owned by Siemens and are now product lines under parent company, Sivantos. Signia and Rexton product lines include award-winning hearing aids and accessories, ranging from completely invisible, rechargeable, or binaural hearing aid options, to accessories that connect a user’s hearing aids wirelessly to most media devices.
Unitron is a Canadian manufacturer of hearing aids under the ownership of Sonova, an international leader in hearing aid manufacturing based in Switzerland. Along with Sonova’s Phonak product line, these are among the most widely distributed and widely recognized hearing aids, worldwide.