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Hearing Aids Guide

Choosing the Perfect Fit: Styles of Hearing Aid

If you are considering investing in a hearing aid, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the array of options available. Finding the perfect fit that caters to your unique hearing needs and preferences is essential for a seamless hearing experience. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore different hearing aid types and styles, along with some examples of makes and models, to help you make an informed decision.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE):

Behind-the-Ear hearing aids are known for their versatility and performance. They rest comfortably behind the ear, with a tube that connects to a custom earpiece. This style is suitable for various degrees of hearing loss and offers enhanced sound processing capabilities. Two notable examples are the Phonak NAIDA and the Starkey Evolv BTE, both of which deliver exceptional sound quality and advanced features.

In-the-Ear (ITE):

In-the-Ear hearing aids sit comfortably within the ear canal, offering a discreet and cosmetically appealing solution. Among them, the Starkey Evolv rechargeable ITE stands out as one of the few rechargeable options available in the market. Enjoying the convenience of rechargeability, users can experience clear and natural sound without the hassle of changing batteries.

In-the-Canal (ITC):

For those seeking a balance between discretion and performance, the Phonak Titanium ITC is a remarkable choice. These custom-made hearing aids are made from titanium with a 15x stronger shell than acrylic. They fit comfortably in the ear canal and offer excellent sound quality. Their discreet design ensures that they remain virtually invisible to others, making them a popular choice among many users.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC):

The Phonak Lyric represents an innovative Completely-in-the-Canal hearing aid that remains 100% invisible when worn. Placed deep (but comfortably) within the ear canal by a Lyric trained audiologist, these hearing aids provide a more natural hearing experience and can be worn for extended periods. With no need for daily removal, users can enjoy continuous hearing without any fuss.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) or Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE):

Both RIC and RITE styles offer a similar design, with the main difference being in the terminology used. The Phonak Lumity and the Starkey Evolv RIC range are prime examples of this style. These hearing aids have a behind-the-ear component that houses the microphone and processor, while the receiver sits within the ear canal. This configuration provides a comfortable fit, excellent sound quality, and reduced effects of occlusion (blockage of the ears with wax).

Selecting the perfect hearing aid is a highly personal and crucial decision. By understanding the various types and styles available, such as the Behind-the-Ear (BTE), In-the-Ear (ITE), In-the-Canal (ITC), Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC), and Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)/Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE), you can make an informed choice that caters to your hearing needs and lifestyle.

At angli-EAR Hearing, our experienced team of professionals is dedicated to helping you find the ideal hearing aid solution. Whether you are seeking discreet aesthetics, advanced features, or rechargeable options, we have a wide range of hearing aids to suit your preferences.

Book a consultation with us today to explore the various hearing aid types and styles available, and embark on a journey towards enhanced hearing and improved quality of life.

Disclaimer: The mentioned hearing aid makes and models are used as examples and do not constitute a specific endorsement. It is essential to consult with our audiology experts for personalised recommendations based on your individual hearing needs and preferences.