If you are thinking of getting a hearing aid, or updating to a newer model, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choice of hearing aids available. Here at SLENT Hearing & Balance Center, we offer a wide range of hearing aids from a large variety of suppliers, so we’re confident we can find the right hearing aid to suit your needs.
Let’s take a look at the different types available.
Invisible in the Canal (IIC)
If you have a mild to moderate hearing loss, an IIC hearing aid could be ideal for you. These tiny devices sit inside the ear canal, past the second bend of the canal, which makes them almost invisible. The only part that could be seen is the discreet “handle” used to remove the hearing aid. Like most others, this type of hearing aid should be removed before you go to bed.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
CIC hearing aids are also suitable for a mild to moderate hearing loss. Almost as small as the IIC, this type of hearing aid sits fully within the ear canal, with just a tiny “handle” for removing the aid visible. Most people would not notice this hearing aid unless they were looking closely at your ear.
In the Canal (ITC)
Similar to CIC but a little larger, ITC hearing aids provide a stronger coverage, so are suitable for people with a mild to mildly severe hearing loss. As they are a little larger, they also have a better battery life and more features such as a directional microphone and volume control. This can help with understanding conversation in noisy environments.
In the Ear (ITE)
For anyone with a more severe hearing loss, this is a discreet option that might suit them. Also known as Full Shell hearing aids, these devices sit flush with the outer ear bowl. They are available in a range of colors to match skin tone, they are unobtrusive, and unlikely to be noticed. Because they are that bit larger, they offer a wider range of controls and better battery life than some of the smaller models.
Receiver in Canal (RIC)
This is a smaller version of the classic “behind the ear” hearing aid type. The receiver part sits in the ear canal, and is connected with a very thin electrical wire.
Behind the Ear (BTE)
This is the classic style you probably think of when someone mentions hearing aids, but they are much smaller than they used to be. The bulk of the hearing aid is in a small casing that fits snugly behind the ear, and is connected via a clear tube to an earmold that sits inside the ear canal. This style is suited to everything from mild to profound hearing loss.
Come in for a hearing test
If you are looking to get a new hearing aid, visit SLENT Hearing and Balance Center in Mandeville, Slidell, or Hammond, Louisiana. Call 985-273-5795 to schedule an assessment, and we can find the perfect hearing aid to suit you.
Dr. JJ Martinez served active duty in the United States Marine Corps before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005 and his doctoral degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2010. Dr. Martinez is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.