Hearing Aid Technology
Hear@Home offers devices from the world's leading manufacturers. Severity of loss, age and aesthetic desire will all determine the type of hearing aid that is best suited for you. As an overview, there are
4 types of devices:
Canal hearing aids fit inside the ear and are harder to see. There are in-the-canal varities (ITC) and completely-in-canal (CIC). These are appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss but may be difficult for children or adults with dexterity issues to use.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fit completely inside the outer ear. Thet have a hard plastic case that holds the electronics and are best for mild-severe hearing loss, but dont work as well for children that are still growing.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids sit in a plastic case behind your ear. A plastic ear mold fits inside the outer ear and directs sound to the ear. There is also a mini-BTE that fits entirely behind the ear with a smaill tube that goes into the ear canal. This eliminates the build up of ear wax and makes sure your own voice is clear. These are mostly prescribed for severe hearing loss.
Receiver-in-canal (RIC) has a behind the ear component that connects to a receiver in the ear or ear canal with a tiny wire. These allow low frequency sounds to enter the ear naturally and high frequency sounds to be amplified through the hearing aid. This may be good for people with mild to profound hearing loss.