Types Of Hearing Aids
Correct Hearing offers an impartial hearing aid service and as such can supply hearing aids from the leading hearing aid manufacturers such as Oticon, Phonak, GN Resound, Widex, Bernafon, Starkey and Unitron.
Your hearing difficulties are unique to you and at Correct Hearing the hearing aids we will recommend will be based on your particular needs.
Basically all hearing aids work on the principle of amplifying sounds received by your ear so that they can be transferred to the brain. However hearing aids differ with regard to their capabilities for refinement and customisation.
There are two categories of hearing aid; analogue and digital. Digital hearing aids are generally recommended and thousands of previous users of analogue aids have moved to digital aids.
Digital hearing aids are capable of:
- Exceptionally refined individual adjustments and programming so that they can respond to changing conditions
- Reducing confusing background noises
- Dual microphone settings so you can choose between sounds all around or right in front of you (available as an option on some models)
Analogue and digital are also available in a choice of fittings and the ideal fitting for you will depend on the nature of your hearing loss, the aid’s appearance and your budget.
Hearing aid types/styles:
|Type of Hearing Aid||Description / Uses|
|Receiver-in-canal (RIC)||One of the most popular hearing aid styles available, this hearing aid is small, discreet and incredibly quick to fit. With the receiver directly in the ear canal, it enhances both comfort and sound quality. This type of hearing aid is perfect for many first-time users.|
|Open fit hearing aids||Also known as ‘Over the Ear’ (OTE) are discreet aids that fit over the ear and are connected by a fine clear tube to the almost invisible section that fits inside the ear canal. They are particularly beneficial for high frequency hearing loss and to reduce the ‘occlusion effect’ – the amplification of your own voice when your ears are plugged up.|
|Completely-in-canal (CIC)||Custom made to fit right inside the ear canal and is almost impossible to see. The close proximity to your eardrum gives sound a natural boost in volume. Suitable for many people, Correct Hearing can confirm if they are appropriate for you.|
|In-the-canal (ITC)||Slightly larger that CIC aids, they fit in the ear but are slightly larger and as such some of the aid is visible outside the canal. They are only suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. They offer a natural sound reception.|
|In-the-ear (ITE)||Fitting the entire area of the inner ear enables them to hold a larger amplifier and more features. These hearing aids are suitable for a wide range of hearing loss and are easy to handle and adjust.|
|Behind-the-ear (BTE)||Fitted behind the ear with a thin plastic tube connecting to custom-made section that fits into the entrance to the ear. The electronics are in the case behind the ear. This type of hearing aid is suitable for all types of hearing loss and all ages.|
If you’re wondering which model might be best for you, Correct Hearing will be able to help with a free hearing check followed by individually tailored advice on the best hearing aid for you.