Hearing Aid Styles
Digital technology has transformed hearing aids from effective to extraordinary. Today’s devices have amazing capabilities that are closer than ever to mimicking human’s natural hearing abilities. Heuser Hearing Clinic is home to a full hearing aid dispensary, and we offer all the latest styles and technologies from top manufacturers around the world. No matter what your hearing loss needs, cosmetic preferences, and budgetary constraints are, we will help you find the right devices at the right price. We also offer a broad spectrum of hearing aid accessories, so you can customize your listening experience based on your lifestyle.
Types of Hearing Aids
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Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
BTE hearing aids are by far the most popular, accounting for more than three-fourths of all hearing aids in Louisville and across America. There are three basic types of hearing aid styles worn behind the ear.
- Behind-The-Ear—Traditional BTE hearing aids appeal to a variety of patients with all levels of hearing loss because they are easy to use and control. The devices are particularly great for very young children and seniors with manual dexterity challenges. All electronic components in BTE devices are housed in a casing that sits behind your ear. Sound is delivered to your ear canal via a thin, clear tube. BTE devices are available in basic skin tones as well as many bright colors and patterns, which are hugely popular amongst our younger patients.
- Receiver-In-the-Canal (RIC)—RIC hearing aids are the most popular type of hearing aids because they combine the effectiveness of BTE devices with the benefits of the “open fit” concept. RIC devices are very similar to RITE hearing aids, but the receiver resides in an even smaller casing that rests within in the ear canal itself—without blocking it completely. This allows natural sounds to enter without amplification, while only sounds in the specific range of frequencies of your hearing loss are amplified. This type of hearing aid is best for people with high-frequency hearing loss that’s mild to moderate.
In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
Most Louisville hearing loss patients are familiar with ITE hearing aid styles because they have been around for many years. Today, ITE styles account for less than 1 in 5 of the hearing aids dispensed in Kentucky. Despite this, it’s important to take the time to decide if ITE hearing aids are right for you, as they still are the best option for some patients.
- In-The-Ear—These devices fill the concha, occupying either all or part of the bowl-shaped section of the outer ear depending on whether they’re full-shell or half-shell custom earmolds. ITE devices are more visible than any other type of hearing aid, but their size makes them easy to control. ITE hearing aids use the largest battery type, which lasts longer and is easier to insert, remove, and clean. These devices can treat patients with all levels of hearing loss.
- In-The-Canal (ITC)—ITC hearing aids are smaller than ITE devices, but they’re still visible to others, especially from the side. These devices sit in the outer ear canal and are recommended for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.
- Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC)—CIC hearing aids are smaller yet, making them virtually undetectable. Since CIC devices rest deeply in the ear canal, they are able to utilize the ear’s natural shape for better directionality and sound localization. This type of hearing aid is effective for mild to moderate losses, though it’s important to keep in mind that their size leads to limited battery life and fewer features and functions.
* Individual replacement needs may vary. Duration of device battery life varies by patient and is subject to individual ear conditions. Lyric is water resistant, not waterproof, and should not be submerged underwater.