Shapes of hearing aids

(BTE) Behind - The –Ear

If you have severe hearing loss, or if your ear canals are very small , Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aid may be the first choice for you. BTE  hearing aid can be fitted to all individuals who have higher loss and Behind-the-Ear hearing aid is also beneficial for those old age persons who have ruptured tympanic membrane and are not good candidates for tympano plasticity.BTE Hearing aids sit comfortably behind your ear and transmits sound through a tube to either a ear mold that sits inside your ear, or to a dome that rests at your ear canal. All parts of the hearing aid are contained in a plastic case that rests behind the ear. This style if often chosen for young children for safety and growth reasons.

(RIC) Receiver –In – The – Canal

Receiver- in- the- canal hearing aid is smaller than BTEs and is good for those persons who have sound discriminated problem. RIC hearing aid gives good feedback as the receiver is in the canal. Hearing aid include a plastic case that sits behind your ear. RICs hearing aids look very similar to the behind-the-ear hearing aid with a unique difference: the loudspeaker of the hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal, and thin electrical wires replace the acoustic tube of the BTE hearing aid. RIC hearing aids also offer cosmetic and listening advantages and are typically used for adults.

(ITE) In- The- Ear

In- The- Ear hearing aid is for those individuals who don’t want behind-the-ear hearing aid but suffering from high hearing loss. All parts of the hearing aid are contained in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear. ITE hearing aids are larger than canal aids and, for some people, may be easier to handle than smaller aids. In-the-Ear hearing aids are also known as custom hearing aids. This type of hearing aid is beneficial in both ways as for high loss as well as for cosmetic look. ITE hearing aids can be made into two styles – (full shell)fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear and (half shell) fills only the lower part of your ear.

(ITC) In-The-Canal

In-the-canal hearing aids is little smaller than ITEs , and is suitable for those who have normal tympanic membrane. These hearing aids are custom molded and fits partly in the ear canal. ITCs are for those adults who have mild to moderate hearing loss . In-the-Canal hearing aid is less visible in the ear than larger styles and is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker. ITC hearing aids are slightly larger, so they extend farther but remain very hidden.

(CIC) Completely –In-Canal

CIC hearing aid fits completely in the ear canal;  a tiny extension cord is used to place and remove the hearing aid and is also invisible. CIC hearing aid hide within your ear canal, so they’re custom made to fit you exactly. This hearing aid is preferred for young people who don’t want other people to know if or whether they are suffering from hearing loss. Completely-In-Canal hearing aid is used for individuals suffering from mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Hearing care professional will take an ear canal impression to give your hearing aid a perfectly tailored fit. This ensures maximum comfort and sound quality.

(IIC) Invisible-In-Canal

Invisible-In-Canal hearing aids goes further deep in the ear canal and is totally invisible. IICs are tiny hearing aids and are custom made to fit inside your ear canal .IIC hearing aids sit beyond the second bend of the ear canal. People will not notify whether you are wearing a device or not. Invisible-In-Canal hearing aids typically come in shades to mimic the shadows of the ear. Because they’re deeper in the ear, they’re not at all apparent. The impression is turned into a  3-D computerized rendering. From there, ear hearing aid component is “virtually” positioned , in order to create the tiniest finished hearing aid possible.