In years past, a hearing aid amplified sound that passed into the ear. All sound got the same treatment: loud crowd noise was amplified along with quiet talk. It could be as difficult to carry on a conversation in a restaurant as it was before a patient purchased the hearing aid.
That’s all changed. Our patients are often surprised by the number of choices of hearing aids today; and when they choose the perfect device, they are also pleasantly surprised by its capabilities, power and ease of use.
These devices have become smaller, lighter, more powerful and completely programmable. They amplify conversation while reducing loud background noise. Many are rechargeable, giving patients years of service without recurring battery changes. All are top quality electronic devices.
Styles of Hearing Aids
The choice of styles and features is truly vast; wireless reception, miniaturization and power are just a few of the features. With that in mind, the basic styles of hearing aids are:
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids have a power source behind the ear and an earmold in the ear canal.
- In-the-ear (ITE) devices have power and amp inside the ear canal. They can be invisible or slightly visible, or have full shell that sits in the outer ear.
- A Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) device has a small tube/wire running to the ear and the speaker is in the earcanal; this has several variations depending on your needs for power and comfort.
You can find out more about sizes and styles on our Hearing Aid Styles page.
Various hearing aid styles we offer:
- Invisible in-the-Canal (IIC)
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
- In-the-Canal (ITC)
- Full Shell or In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
- Mini BTE with slim tube and tip
- Reciever-in-the-ear (RITE)
- BTE with earmolds
- Earplugs and Earmolds for Hunting
- Earplugs and Earmolds for Music
- Earplugs and Earmolds for Swimming
- DefendEar 1
- DefendEar 2
- DefendEar Hunter
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
The Oticon Opn is a BTE device that offers the latest technology in hearing and sound sensitivity in noisy areas. These hearing aids can use rechargeable or conventional batteries and offer wireless connections to cell phones and other computer programs.
Phonak offers several hearing devices that range from one of the smallest available to powerful BTE solutions. The Virto™ is a titanium-based tiny ITE hearing aid; the Bolero™ and Audeo™ are small BTE units that are rechargeable. Phonak also offers Lyric™, a very small completely-in-the-ear-canal extended wear device that is more protected from moisture and dirt than many devices and is worn continuously.
“Smart Hearing” is the watchword for the products from ReSound. The Linx 3D and Linx2 hearing aid line offer hearing aid solutions in many sizes, from invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) to BTE devices. They are programmable, iPhone compatible and automatically adapt to hearing environments. These hearing aids recognize speech and “remember” sound situations for the wearer.
The Widex company offers the new Belong hearing aid line, in addition to CROS and BiCROS hearing aids styles. The Belong line is a RITE-style hearing device that is iPhone compatible and automatically adjusts to many sound scenes.
Many people have hearing difficulty in only one ear, or the hearing loss in one ear is greater than in the other. With the CROS/BiCROS systems, patients wear two “hearing aids.” One side is mostly a microphone that sends sound to the poorer hearing ear. Completely wireless and the overall hearing environment is greatly improved.
If you’re wondering what hearing aids could do for you, contact Audiology and Hearing Solutions for more information. Our audiologists will walk you through the hearing treatment process, from having your hearing tested to selecting hearing aids, to fitting, adjusting or repairing them.