Hearing aids come in many shapes, sizes and styles. The prescription for a hearing aid is determined by your hearing loss, the shape of the outer ear and your ear canal, and your ability to manage the device. As you may be aware, hearing aids now incorporate high level technology and often they are very discrete.
- IIC or micro CIC– the smallest hearing aids available, more suitable to mild to moderate hearing loss. Very good dexterity is required to manage placement into the ear and for changing batteries.
- CIC – “Completely in the Canal” are small hearing aids which can be fitted to a mild to severe hearing loss. Good dexterity to manage placement into the ear and for changing batteries is needed due to their size. Depending on the level of technology chosen, some of these models can be fitted with a remote control.
- ITC – “In the canal” hearing aids can be fitted to a mild to severe hearing loss. Batteries are larger which is easier to handle and the device just sits in the entrance of the ear canal with only the faceplate visible. These aids are it easier to manage which is a positive solution for those with dexterity issues but wanting a discrete device. These hearing aids may be fitted with a remote control.
- ITE – “In the Ear” hearing aids are suited for a moderate to severe hearing loss and where management of smaller devices is too difficult. These come with larger batteries and can be fitted with a remote control and some wireless devices depending on the level of technology chosen.
- Open fit BTE– Open fit behind the ear hearing aids are commonly prescribed when the low frequencies (deep sounds) are within the normal range, but there is a mid to high frequencies (high pitch sounds) hearing loss. The battery size can vary depending on the level of technology chosen and the power required of the hearing aid.
- RIC BTE- “Receiver in the Canal” or “Receiver in the Ear” hearing aids are similar to an open fit hearing aid, however they are able aid more significant losses without causing feedback (whistling) as the receiver component of the aid is fitted in the tip of the device placed in the ear-canal. This means that a mild to severe hearing loss can be aided without needing to introduce a full ear-mould. These hearing aids remain quite discrete. Most RIC hearing aids are compatible with wireless devices and can have a remote control
- BTE – “Behind the Ear Hearing Aids” require an ear-mould and are typically used when an open fit or receiver in the canal hearing aid is not recommended. BTE hearing aids are typically used for a moderate to severe hearing loss and in the power or super power range can fit up to a profound hearing loss. BTEs can vary in size and battery size.
Depending on the level of technology chosen, some hearing devices can communicate with iPhones, iPads and android technology.
All Ears Audiology is independent. This means that we are one of the few Adelaide companies not aligned with any hearing aid manufacturer. As such, we are able to offer a wide range of hearing aids that would meet your listening goals. The importance of communication with your loved ones is a priority for us and at All Ears Audiology we can help you to choose the best device you can afford.