Modern hearing aids are also smaller and more discreet than ever before, even to the extent of becoming almost invisible to others.
Today's hearing aids have simplified their profile, using advanced digital processing in a lightweight, comfortable wear system to deliver power and improved sound quality. A variety of styles have evolved over the past few decades to help people find their ideal match.
This is the most discreet hearing aid style. IIC hearing aids are shielded from view, fitting entirely into the ear canal and farther back than most in-canal options. They are so deep they are extracted using a tiny transparent handle. It is still necessary to remove most IIC hearing aids daily. Their size means they are better suited to assist with hearing loss that is mild to moderate.
This is another small and discreet design choice. The whole hearing aid is mounted into a remote system and shaped to the form of your ear canal. Using a short transparent cord, these hearing aids are removed similarly to IIC hearing aids. CIC hearing aids are ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss, much like IIC hearing aids, and may not be convenient for people with dexterity limitations.
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are small devices worn at the ear canal entrance. They are tiny and subtle, but can still be seen at the entrance to the ear canal. For an exact match, ITC hearing aids are custom-molded to your ear canal. The lightweight nature of ITC hearing aids is ideal for moderate to mildly-severe hearing loss.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are the most noticeable type of hearing aid, molded over your ear canal entrance to fit into your outer ear. They are available as a complete shell or half shell. ITE hearing aids are simple to use and can be used for moderate to severe hearing loss.
One of the most popular hearing aid types available, RICs, offer consistent output, a wide range of options and features, and reduced sound distortion. Sound is digitally processed in a compact device that rests behind the ear. Sound is then conveyed to a small receiver mounted in the ear canal through a thin electrical wire.
This is the most adaptable, versatile hearing aid style available to treat almost any hearing loss degree from mild to severe. As the hearing can be refitted and reprogrammed as the child develops, their longevity and versatility make them common pediatric hearing aids. BTE hearing aids are usually slightly bigger in size and weight, but they more than make up for it in features, battery life, and power.
Features & Technology
Bluetooth Wireless Compatibility
Hearing aids now can connect to your TV, music players, and a host of other devices via the power of Bluetooth technology. Now, Bluetooth hearing aids can even directly connect to the hearing aid, allowing you to stream content straight to your ear from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Several hearing aids let you stream phone calls to your ear, too.
Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Technology
The preferred technology in several major industries has long been lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, and now this technology is finally available for hearing aids. Lithium-ion batteries produce enough power to stream hours of content and still have enough to get through the rest of the day, compared to conventional battery technology. The batteries themselves last up to five years and can be easily charged overnight, making them a very appealing option for all wearers of hearing aids.
Selecting the Best Hearing Aids For Your Needs
These days, with so many to choose from, selecting the correct hearing aid for your needs can seem challenging. Come and talk to us at the Hearing Associates of Central Florida! We're sure to find a hearing aid that best suits you, whether you value power, features, or a discreet look. First, we’ll test your hearing to determine your current hearing abilities. If a hearing loss is detected, we will determine the best devices for your hearing needs. Contact us today to set up a consultation!View Hearing aid brands