What are hearing aids?
Hearing aids are digital devices that contain a microphone to pickup sound, a chip that is used as an amplifier and battery for power. These hearing instruments are to be programmed specifically for your individual hearing loss and communication needs.
What are the different types?
Behind-the-ear Hearing Aids (BTE)
Appropriate for patients ranging with a mild to profound hearing loss. Behind-the-ear hearing aids come in a variety of styles, which many offer multiple directional microphones to improve speech understanding in noisy environments.
Receiver-in-the-canal Hearing Aids (RIC)
Similar to BTE’s, the RIC hearing instrument is worn behind the ear. The difference is, the receiver (the component that acts like a microphone) is housed inside the ear canal. These receivers come in a variety of sizes and levels of amplification making them easy to adjust and highly discrete.
In-the-ear Hearing Aids (ITE)
These aids are sometimes referred to as “custom” hearing aids because an impression of your ear is required to develop a hearing aid that is custom to your ear’s individual anatomy. These aids range in size, from ones that completely fit in the ear canal, to ones that fill the concha bowl of the ear. Mild to severe hearing losses are appropriate when fitting these styles of hearing instruments.
Are hearing aids right for me?
- Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or have an astigmatism?
- Do you want to lessen your dependence on reading glasses or contact lenses?
- Are you having trouble with distance vision?