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Top 5 Hearing Aid Styles

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The types of hearing aids today are plentiful. With modern electronic components, each hearing aid is composed of different styles suited to different people with different needs. Today, there are hearing aids that sit in the ear or out of the ear and some even connect to Bluetooth.

Different types of devices are adapted by professionals, among other things, by connecting them to special software. In the development and design of hearing aids and software used to adapt them, huge resources are invested by the leading hearing aid manufacturers in the field. This is why it is good to know the types available to you before your hearing test. This allows you to discuss with your audiologist which models might match up well with your needs and lifestyle. 

Hearing aids consist of several key parts: the microphone, the speaker, an amplifier that is the heart and technological brain of the devices and a battery that provides the electrical energy to power them. There may be additional parts on the body of the device, such as Bluetooth options. 

Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids 

Internal hearing aids are advanced and invisible. The devices disappear inside the ear in an ergonomic structure customized to your ear canal. These useful and tiny devices were created in a scientific breakthrough. They focus on speech and noise filtering, all in a tiny ergonomic structure, customized to your ear canal. Of the variety of devices on, the CIC hearing aids are a perfect solution for enjoying the sounds and sounds that surround us.  

Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids

RIC are similar to a listening device behind the ear with the difference that the speaker is placed directly in the ear canal. In this case, a mini cable located in the tube connects the speaker to the hearing aid. The positives are many, including a BTE aid. It has a much less visible part behind the ear making it easy to adapt and discrete. Available in a rechargeable version and it can have many functions of wireless connectivity such as Bluetooth

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid 

The device itself sits behind the earpiece. Using a thin, transparent tube, the hearing aid connects to a custom earphone, through which the amplified sound is transmitted from the device to the ear canal. These devices are relatively powerful compared to other types of devices and are commonly used by people with moderate and severe hearing loss.

For the most part, these devices can be operated more easily than the other types of devices, and this is a consideration that must be taken into account in all the considerations for purchasing a hearing aid. The audio phone offers behind-the-ear hearing aids which besides being equipped with the best technology they are also the latest in terms of design and ergonomics, and some have won prestigious international design awards. 

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid

ITC is individually designed. It sits at the beginning of the ear canal and is suitable for moderate-severe hearing loss. One of its main advantages is that it is less visible to the ear than larger models. It also includes features that are not included in a hearing aid that is all inside the canal. You can use this device without compromising on comfort and flexibility in operation. The device processes the sounds using an advanced chip that operates according to a complex algorithm program. The digital devices have several channels that allow different amplification for different sound frequencies. In this way, the hearing aid increases the speech and lowers background noise, therefore greatly improving speech comprehension.

Digital hearing aid

Digital hearing aids are flawless sound quality hearing aids. An advanced computer chip enables sound processing without distortions and improves speech comprehension due to noise. Digital hearing aids make it possible to create custom programs according to the different situations to which you are exposed.

It is no longer necessary to touch the hearing aid to increase/decrease its volume or to change the program on the device. Just press the remote and the hearing aid responds accordingly. A digital hearing aid allows for precise, efficient adjustment and maintaining listening comfort. Most digital hearing aids have a feedback system and background noise. Today, there are digital hearing aids that also use wireless technology.  

For more information on the best hearing aid to suit your type of hearing loss and your lifestyle, please get in touch today at Hearing Aid Consultants of North Mississippi and call at (662) 234-1337.