hearing aids

Hearing Aid Styles

There are many styles of hearing aid out there. The best one for you depends on your level of hearing loss, aesthetic preferences, lifestyle needs and budget.

Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)
This style is placed far into the ear canal, so it is invisible when used. It is suitable for those with mild to moderate loss of hearing. Many like IICs because they are the smallest and least visible style out there, though they lack the features of larger models. The style is less susceptible to picking up wind noise.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)
A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid has similar benefits to the IICs, but is slightly larger. It is usually custom-fit to slot comfortably inside your ear canal.
In-The-Canal (ITC)
On the bottom part of the outer ear is where ITC hearing aids are usually placed. They are comfortable and convenient to handle. Due to its slightly bigger case, it can accommodate a wider variety of hearing losses and has a longer battery life. Users like them because they strike a good balance between size and features.

In-The-Ear (ITE)
The ITE style fits half of your outer ear, molded to suit your ear shape. These kinds of hearing aids can be comparatively discreet depending on the size of your ear. They have a battery life that is slightly longer than ITC hearing aids. They are appropriate for anyone with a severe hearing loss and are a great choice if you want a device which is easy to use.
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)
This hearing aid is open-fit and features a thin plastic cord with a speaker. This speaker is placed inside the ear canal. Because the sound produced only has to travel a very brief distance, it uses less battery power than standard BTE hearing aids for the same amount of hearing assistance.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
These are one of the most popular types of hearing aids. They are designed with most of the electronic components enclosed in a casing which sits behind the ear. An ear hook and a tiny plastic tube transmit the sound to the earpiece. The tube sits in the outside of the ear canal and sends sound into the eardrum. Users are often impressed by their comfort compared to earmold fittings. In addition, users also say that when using BTE hearing aids, their own voice sounds more natural when they talk, and that it isn't as loud when they are eating and drinking.

Hearing aid batteries

After getting your hearing aids, you might be excited to try them out. But don't forget the batteries! Here is what you need to know about hearing aid batteries:

  • They are often into organized numbers and color codes to make replacing batteries easier.
  • Typical life of the battery is dependent many things, including on battery size, the model of your hearing aid, your hearing loss severity and even the area in which you use them.
  • The use of additional features such as wireless streaming will also quickly reduce your battery.

The Latest Hearing Aid Technology

Digital hearing aids

We stock a wide range of digital hearing aids. These are surprisingly small and light and feature advanced technology that allows you the ability to customize a solution to address your specific hearing difficulties. This technology can identify and enhance speech over background noise and change its volume automatically to suit the kind of place you are in. Even in the presence of background you can hear well, allowing you to enter many sound environments with confidence.

Bluetooth Hearing Aids
In recent years, Bluetooth hearing aids have been introduced by all the major hearing device manufacturers. Wireless communication between hearing aids and other electronic devices has taken the hearing world by storm. It has enabled users to enjoy streamed content, telephone calls, and conversations in groups without having to resort to wires or to buy a separate wireless system. This has made the lives of hearing aid users around the world much more convenient.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Rechargeable power has taken a while to make its way to the hearing aid world. But with the advent of lithium-ion batteries, all that has changed. We stock a range of rechargeable models and are amazed by the convenience they offer. You simply place your hearing aid in its charger at night and wake up in the morning to a fully charged device ready to go. Most rechargeable models allow you to wear them the entire day before you have to charge them.

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