Hearing aids help you re-establish connections to the world. They are made to increase the volume of the sounds you want to hear. Hearing aids can make soft sounds audible, while at the same time making moderate or loud sounds comfortable. Hearing aids are designed to provide relief in both quiet and noisy situations. Wearing hearing aids can put you at ease during conversations making it less likely to have to ask others to repeat themselves.

The Different Styles of Hearing Instruments

In-The-Ear hearing Instruments (ITE)

These are custom made devices that house all of the hearing instrument’s components in a unit that fits within the ear.

  • Completely-in-the-canal (CIC): Fits deeply inside your ear canal and is used for mild to profound hearing loss. These are custom fit to each individual by making an impression of the ear.
  • In-the-canal (ITC): Small enough to fit almost entirely in your ear canal
  • In-the-ear (ITE): Made to fit within the external ear

Behind-the-ear hearing instruments (BTE)

Components in these instruments are contained in the housing that rests behind the ear, connected by a thin tube to a custom ear mold or tip. BTE instruments are used for hearing loss ranging from mild to profound.

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE): Fits snugly behind the ear and is attached to a custom earpiece
  • Open Fit: Ultra-thin tubing is virtually invisible
  • Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC): The smallest BTE instruments. The RIC looks quite similar to the BTE unit but he receiver is placed within the canal and connected to the BTE component via thin tubing.
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