There is no single hearing instrument that is suitable for all types of hearing loss. The type you need depends on your individual hearing loss and the nature of that loss.
The Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) type of hearing aid fits deeply within the ear canal and is barely visible. Though small, this instrument is very powerful and fits a variety of hearing loss needs.
The In-The-Ear (ITE) model fits within the outer ear, extending into the ear canal. This model accommodates a wide variety of hearing losses.
The Behind-The-Ear (BTE) model is a small hearing instrument housed in a curved case that fits securely behind the ear. It is attached to the earmold by a short, plastic tube. Sound is delivered from the hearing instrument through the earmold and into the ear canal.
Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) – This is a discreet, comfortable design that is easy to fit. It sits inside the ear canal similar to the BTE. A great choice for those with mild to moderate hearing loss who are sensitive to having things in their ears.
Circuit Design and Capabilities
The technical choices in current hearing aids allow the consumer a variety of options. There are approximately 600 models of circuit designs with digital programming and digital processing capabilities, in addition to many non-digital circuit designs. These circuit choices can be categorized into seven technologies.
Remember your Hearing Instrument Specialist's® role is to correct your hearing problem with the most effective hearing instruments for you. Listen to their advice and discuss your options.