Choosing The Right Hearing Aid

There are a number of different styles of hearing aids to choose from depending upon your needs, preferences and lifestyle. Watch this short video to learn more about how to choose the right hearing aid for you.

Behind The Ear Hearing Aid (BTE)

This type of hearing aid consists of the device itself which sits behind the ear, a custom ear mold which sits inside the ear, and a small clear flexible tube that connects the aid to the earmold. Some of the pros and cons are as follows:

  1. This style can be fit to the widest range of hearing losses.
  2. It can come with a larger number of features than other styles.
  3. It has larger batteries and controls, making it easier to use for someone with vision or dexterity problems.
  4. Because it is larger it is harder to misplace.

  1. Requires a little more maintenance than other hearing aid styles because the tubing needs periodic changing (approximately every six months or so) and a new mold.
  2. May be more difficult to put on if manual dexterity is limited.
  3. May be more visible if the ears are small or hair is very short.
  4. Requires slightly different positioning of the telephone receiver.

  1. Have severe-to-profound hearing loss or a steeply sloping audiometric hearing loss pattern.
  2. Have widely fluctuating hearing levels.
  3. Need the additional features.
  4. Prefer this aid’s style/appearance to other styles.

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In-The-Ear (ITE)

This type of hearing aid and those that follow are housed completely within the outer ear. There are no separate attachments or other parts behind the ear. Some pros and cons of this style are:

  1. No tubes/earmolds to periodically replace.
  2. Can be used with a wide range of hearing losses.
  3. Can be made with more features than smaller styles.
  4. The telephone receiver can be held in the usual manner.
  5. Easier to place in the ear and change the battery than other smaller styles.

 

  1. More visible than other ITE styles.

  1. Have as much as a moderate to severe hearing loss .
  2. Prefer its hearing aid style/appearance over that of other models .
  3. Need the additional features.

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In-The-Canal (ITC)

An ITC hearing aid is about one-half the size of the In-The-Ear hearing aid. It can be used for mild to moderate hearing losses.

  1. Less visible than the in the ear hearing aid style.
  2. Still able to get a number of features.

  1. It has a slightly shorter battery life than the behind the ear hearing aid styles and in the ear styles.
  2. It may be more expensive than the in the ear style .

  1. Desire a smaller and more discreet instrument than the ITE style.
  2. Have a mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

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Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) and Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)

The CIC or IIC aid fits completely within the ear canal and is the least visible of all the hearing aid styles. The IIC aid fits completely within the ear canal slightly smaller and closer to the eardrum than a CIC and is even less visible.

The Completely-In-The-Canal Hearing Aid

  1. It fits a wide range of hearing losses.
  2. It is virtually invisible and therefore the most cosmetically appealing instrument.
  3. It is the best choice in hearing aids for telephone use because it has the least chance of feedback.
  4. The microphone is located in a more natural sound-gathering position (at or slightly inside the ear canal opening) which allows the outer ear to provide more high-frequency emphasis and enhanced localization.
  5. It requires less overall power because of the close proximity of the receiver to the eardrum.

The Invisible-In-The-Canal Hearing Aid

  1. It fits mild to moderate hearing losses.
  2. It is virtually invisible and therefore the most cosmetically appealing instrument.
  3. It is the best choice in hearing aids for telephone use because it has the least chance of feedback.
  4. The microphone is located in a more natural sound-gathering position (at or slightly inside the ear canal opening) which allows the outer ear to provide more high-frequency emphasis and enhanced localization.
  5. It requires less overall power because of the close proximity of the receiver to the eardrum.

The Completely-In-The-Canal Hearing Aid

  1. It has a somewhat shorter battery life (5-7 days).
  2. The smaller battery size may make battery changes difficult if manual dexterity is limited.
  3. Ear wax within the hearing aid can frequently plug the receiver.
  4. It may cost more than other styles.
  5. Patients may experience more occlusion, a sensation of “talking in a barrel”, or hearing their own voice as unusually loud.

The Invisible-In-The-Canal Hearing Aid

  1. It has a somewhat shorter battery life (5-7 days).
  2. The smaller battery size may make battery changes difficult if manual dexterity is limited.
  3. Ear wax within the hearing aid can frequently plug the receiver.
  4. Patients may experience more occlusion, a sensation of “talking in a barrel”, or hearing their own voice as unusually loud.

The Completely-In-The-Canal Hearing Aid

  1. Desire a smaller and more discreet instrument.
  2. Use the telephone often and need amplification for telephone conversation.
  3. Want to maximize the outer ear’s sound gathering and localization.

The Invisible-In-The-Canal Hearing Aid

  1. Desire a smaller and more discreet instrument.
  2. Use the telephone often and need amplification for telephone conversation.

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Open Fitting

Open fitting hearing aids are worn behind the ear and have a clear tube that goes into the ear canal. A probe on the end brings the sound into the ear canal.

  1. It works with the natural shape of the ear to amplify sound.
  2. Because it does not plug up the ear canal, it sounds more natural.
  3. It is less conspicuous than most other styles and more comfortable.
  4. Patients can use the telephone without any problems.

  1. Not suitable for all types of hearing losses.

  1. Have a high frequency hearing loss.
  2. Desire a smaller and more discreet instrument.
  3. Use the telephone often and need amplification for telephone conversation.
  4. Are bothered by the occlusion effect.

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Lyric – 100% Invisible Hearing Aid

Lyric is the world’s first and only 100% invisible extended wear hearing device. The device is comfortably placed in the ear canal. No surgery or anesthesia is required. Unlike many other hearing devices, Lyric is positioned deep inside the ear canal, so it uses your ear’s anatomy to provide exceptional sound. Lyric is programmed for your specific hearing needs. You can adjust the settings and volume on your device as needed, as well as turn the device on and off.

  1. Can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to 4 months.
  2. Lyric is 100% invisible, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of better hearing without anyone knowing you’re using a hearing device.
  3. No batteries to replace and no repairs to make. Just visit your Lyric Hearing Professional’s office as needed to receive new devices with the latest Lyric technology.

  1. Not everyone is a candidate for Lyric
  2. Wearers cannot swim or skydive while wearing the device
  3. Requires visits (every 2 – 4 months) to replace the device

To learn more about Lyric, visit their website at https://www.phonak.com/us/en/hearing-aids/lyric-invisible-hearing-aids.html

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