Solutions - Hearing Aids
Today's modern hearing aid technology range from basic good quality digital hearing aids to high-tech intelligent tiny micro computers. All types are available in a variety of styles and sizes from in the ear to behind the ear.
Better hearing with both ears
It is always best to use the hearing you have in both ears; a pair of hearing aids will help make speech clearer, even if it's noisy.
We supply the very latest digital hearing aids from all of the major hearing aid suppliers.
The examples below will give you an idea about the types of hearing aids available; shape, size, cosmetics, functionality etc.
Receiver in the Canal (RIC / RITE)
This tiny hearing aid fits behind the ear and sends the sound via a thin wire into the receiver or speaker, which is placed directly in the ear canal. A soft earpiece holds the speaker in place without plugging the ear canal giving a natural, clear sound and a comfortable fit. This style fits all types of hearing loss, are easy to handle and battery life is from 10 to 21 days.
This type of hearing aid, as the name suggests, is contained completely in the canal. It is the least conspicuous of the various styles and if the cosmetic appearance of the aid is important this may be the first choice. Modern digital technology has made it possible to fit most hearing losses with a CIC aid, canal size permitting.
There are some disadvantages compared with the other styles, which should be considered. The small size may not be a good choice where a small aid would be too fiddly. Also the batteries are small with a life of 5 –7 days, cost is approximately 60p per battery. Some options such as a loop systems are not available as they take up too much space.
Canal/Half concha (ITC)
This style is larger than the CIC, which means it can fit a wider range of hearing losses and have other features such as a loop system included. The larger size and larger battery makes them easier to handle with a longer battery life of about 14 to 21 days.
In-the-Ear Hearing Instruments (ITE)
This style completely fills the bowl of the ear and gives the widest fitting range for in the ear styles as well as incorporating the latest electronic options. Some clients find these the easiest to handle. They can have a volume control on the aid and battery life can be 14 to 28 days.
Behind-the-Ear Hearing Instruments (BTE)
This is the familiar style that fits over the ear and is connected to an ear mould that fits in the ear canal. This style gives the most fitting options such as very high power for the severe and profoundly hearing impaired. Where there is a history of discharge from the ears this is often the only option. To help with the cosmetics of this type of fitting it is possible to match the casing with the hair colour.