Hearing Aid Overview
We Will Help You Select Hearing Aids at an Affordable Cost
In the past few years, there have been incredible advancements in hearing aid technology, with new features that include remarkable clarity, sound precision, ease of use, and comfortable ergonomics. Sifting through the many available devices may be overwhelming, and that’s where Crescent City Hearing Center comes in. Our team is here to help you understand the best match between your needs and the many options on the market.
Before we get to the devices available from leading manufacturers, let’s review the different styles and features with today’s hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Styles
In-the-Ear (ITE) Models
ITE hearing aids house all of the components in one compartment and come in several different options. The most recognizable ITE hearing aids sit on the surface of the outer ear, available in full shell or half shell models.
In The Canal (ITC) hearing aids fit into the space between the outer ear and the ear canal. For people who experience dexterity issues, their slightly larger size and larger battery make them easier to manipulate, than the smaller options listed below.
Smaller ITE models are also available – they fit entirely in the ear and tend to be smaller units on the whole. Invisible in canal (IIC) and completely in canal (CIC) hearing aids are the very smallest types of ITE hearing aids. As their names suggest, these units fit entirely in the ear canal and are often unnoticeable. IIC and CIC hearing aids provide a level of discretion, but their small size may be tricky to operate for wearers who have dexterity issues.
With each of these ITE styles, some wearers may experience occlusion, which makes the ears feel plugged up. If you are interested in ITE hearing aids, our team will work with you to determine which device is most comfortable and best suited to your hearing needs.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Models
BTE hearing aids are comprised of three basic parts. The electronic components of BTE hearing aids are housed in a plastic compartment that rests behind your ear. This is connected via a wire to a piece that rests in the ear canal. Although they have several components and are not entirely hidden from sight, BTE hearing aids tend to be quite small and low-profile.
The main types of BTE hearing aids are Receiver In The Ear (RITE), Receiver In the Canal (RIC), Mini BTE, and BTE hearing aids with earmolds. The names of these different BTE types designate the location of the custom-mold, whether in the ear canal or in the outer ear. BTE hearing aids are quite versatile, accommodating a wide range of degrees of hearing loss. They are easier to control for wearers who have dexterity problems and would like to wear units that are easy to insert and remove.
Features and Technology
As you might imagine, wireless technology has revolutionized hearing assistance, and the possibilities are nearly endless.
In recent years, hearing aids have evolved alongside technological advancements found in other electronic devices. Wireless technology has revolutionized hearing assistance, providing wearers with many different features to suit their needs.
One of the most popular features found in newer hearing aid models is the ability to sync sound with media devices on your smartphone or in your home. Some hearing aid models offer amplification and speech recognition features along with the option to stream music, television, and telephone calls. By projecting the sound directly into your ears, these units are a perfect hybrid of entertainment technology and assistive listening to environments.
Another increasingly popular feature is the ability to connect your hearing aids to a smartphone app, which allows you to easily customize your hearing profile. For instance, a certain type of assistance may be necessary while driving in the car, while another is sufficient for the home or a quiet office. When connected to GPS, customized preferences are saved for specific locations; when you return to these saved places, your hearing aids will automatically adjust to provide a seamless listening experience.
For people with active lifestyles, there are new rechargeable hearing aids which use lithium-ion technology. This provides hearing aids with a long-battery life and an easy recharging option. Additionally, many newer hearing aids are constructed with durable materials to help repel moisture, sweat, and debris.
These features are just a few of the many possibilities available to new and seasoned hearing aid wearers. At Crescent City Hearing Center, we are committed to helping you find the perfect hearing solution to meet your specific needs.