and additional options must be determined when selecting a hearing aid.
We will discuss your needs, preferences and the demands of your hearing
loss to help choose the right hearing aid for you.
Style is simply what the hearing aid looks like:
1. CIC (Completely-in-the-Canal) Nearly invisibly when
in the ear.
2. ITC (In the Canal) Slightly larger than the CIC, allowing
some user controls.
3. ITE (In the Ear) Fills the inside of the ear. Easy
to handle. Many options can be added.
4. BTE (Behind-the-Ear) Most powerful. All options available.
The type refers to the technology that makes up the inner workings of
the hearing aid. These choices include:
1. Conventional – Basic Analog Circuitry. The “old-fashioned”
but least expensive option.
2. Programmable – Also Basic Analog Circuitry,
but these can be attached to a computer to adjust their sensitivity at
different frequencies to “custom-fit” your hearing loss.
3. Digital – Digital Signal Processing. Always
programmed by a computer. Ranges from less-expensive basic digital to
high-end advanced digital. Digital aids offer a reduction of background
noise that is the biggest complaint of analog hearing aids.
(some are specific to Style and Type. We will go over these with you.)
1. Volume Control
2. Memory push-button
3. Telephone Switch (T-Coil)
4. Remote Control
5. FM System
6. Directional Microphone
7. Noise Reduction Circuitry