Types Of Hearing Aids
A hearing aid helps the ear to pick up sound, amplifies it and sends it into the ear canal. A hearing aid consists of a microphone that picks up sound waves and converts them into electrical signal, an amplifier, a loudspeaker (or receiver) that converts the amplified signals into sound and an ear mould or plastic tube that sends the sound into the ear canal.
Hearing aids have a battery door where the battery is put in and you have the option of a volume control and/or a telecoil switch. A telecoil switch allows you to use your hearing aid on the telephone. Some hearing aids also have a program button where you can switch between different settings.
What Are The Types Of Hearing Aids?
There are many styles of hearing aids. The most common styles are listed below:
Invisible-In-The Canal (IIC) Extended Wear
Lyric the first completely invisible, extended wear hearing aid. Phonak breakthrough hearing aid requires no handling at all and remains in your ear 24/7. There are no batteries to change, no maintenance is needed and no daily insertion or removal is required.
Starkey’s SoundLens, newest custom fit style is truly 100% invisible when worn. The instrument sits in the second bend of the ear and comes complete with Starkey’s industry-leading technology.
Fits completely in the ear canal and is virtually invisible.
These hearing instruments fit into the ear canal and are slightly larger than CIC hearing aids and have option of a volume control on the faceplate.
These Instruments are custom-made to fit within your entire ear. While being more visible, this style offers a larger battery size, and larger volume wheel for ease of operation.
These hearing instruments rests behind the ear while a clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmold inside the ear canal. They are the most reliable and most powerful of hearing instruments. Also available in a mini and micro size for improved cosmetics.
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) or Canal-Receiver-Technology (CRT)
This very small and feather light hearing instrument rests behind the ear. The ergonomic design, combined with extremely thin tubing, results in a uniquely satisfying cosmetic solution. The receiver (speaker) resides within the ear canal to deliver superior sound clarity.