Hearing aids are prescriptive medical devices that can’t simply be bought at Best Buy. This is because they must be programmed by expert audiologists to match the exact specifications of your hearing loss. Below we review the six most popular types of hearing aids.
BTE hearing aids house all the main components in a plastic case that is worn behind the ear. Sound is delivered to your ears via an earmold, which is attached to the casing with thin plastic tubing. BTEs are suitable for people with mild to profound hearing loss and are the most popular style for kids.
RICs are similar to BTEs except instead of an earmold, the speaker sits in the ear canal, which is connected to the casing via thin wire. They are typically less visible than BTEs, and there are many rechargeable options. RICs benefit people with mild to severe hearing loss.
ITE hearing aids fit completely in the outer part of the ear. All the components are housed in a hard-plastic case. Because these devices are quite large, they are best for people with dexterity issues. ITEs work well for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
ITCs are custom-fit to sit in the ear canal and take up just a small portion of the outer ear. This style is more discreet than ITEs. ITCs are best for people mild to severe hearing loss.
CICs are also custom molded to sit in the ear canal, but they are even smaller and less visible than ITCs. These devices are not ideal for people with dexterity issues due to their small size. CICs work well for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
IICs are the smallest, most discreet style of hearing aids. They sit deep in the ear canal and are completely invisible in most cases. Because of this, IICs have the most cosmetic appeal. However, like CICs they are not ideal for people with dexterity problems. IICs are also suitable for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
For more information about the most popular types of hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call the Hearing Center of Lake Charles today.