How to Chose the Right Hearing Aids for You
Several factors make up what is the correct decision on hearing aid style for you, including hearing loss, ear canal shape and, of course, your personal preference. The selection process can be tailored to suit a range of different budgets.
All our hearing aids are available in a range of technology levels, from standard to premium. We can advise you on which level is required for your specific hearing needs.
As an independent practice we are not tied to a contract with certain hearing aid manufacturers. We supply hearing aids from several manufacturers, with a variety of styles and technology levels. This means that you can choose from a wider range of hearing aids – we will advise you to choose the right one to suit you, not the best aid for business! Our staff are here to support you towards the right hearing aid choice for you, even if that means recommending NHS and not private aids.
By gaining a good understanding of what is important you we will use our expertise you help guide your selection process. Demonstration hearing aids and models will be available for you to see.
Types of Hearing Aids
IIC (Invisible in Canal)
IIC is more than just a tiny hearing aid. It is the perfect combination of maximum hearing performance and minimum size. It is custom crafted to fit entirely in your ear canal, using computer-aided design and the latest generation of advanced materials. Wearing comfort is great while consistently delivering outstanding sound quality, with minimum visibility.
These devices fit completely in the canal (CIC). Only the head of a tiny plastic line with which you insert or remove the instrument shows above the canal. Although CIC instruments offer aesthetic appeal, the structure of some individuals’ ears (e.g. those with a very narrow canal) may make this style unsuitable for them.
In-the-canal (ITC) instruments are smaller still, featuring an earmould that fits down in to the ear canal and a smaller portion that faces out into the outer ear. They are discreet, yet partially visible within the outer ear and accommodate a mild to mildly severe hearing loss.
In-the-ear instruments house their technology components in a custom-formed earmould that fits within the outer portion of the ear. ITE’s are appropriate for wearers with a mild to severe hearing loss and feature easy-to-use controls which are ideal for those with limited manual dexterity
Receiver In The Ear (RITE) Hearing Aid
Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids include a unit behind the ear and a receiver wire with loudspeaker on the tip, which is often covered by a small dome or earpiece to fit comfortably in to the ear. By placing the loudspeaker closer to the ear drum (compared to a behind the ear hearing aid) the unit behind the ear can be made smaller and often the sound quality improved.
BTE instruments rest behind the ear and house the device’s technology. A clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmould inside the ear canal. Behind-the-ear instruments are often the most durable hearing devices. Compared to smaller, in-the-ear instruments, they hold more circuitry and offer greater amplification.
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