Hearing Aids are designed to relieve the impact of hearing loss.
Giving you the ability to hear better everyday sounds that you may have had trouble hearing before, such as telephones or quieter conversations. The right hearing aid can give you renewed confidence and quality of life.
With the level of technology available, hearing aids need no longer be cumbersome or highly visible. Many of our customers talk about the relief they feel at having found a hearing aid that suits them and their lifestyle.
The number of styles available can be confusing so here is a guide:
IIC. Invisible in the canal hearing aids are particularly good for people looking for the most discreet conventional custom made hearing aid that sits deep in the ear. Suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. Some manufacturers offer limited remote control options but no wireless connectivity. Not always suitable for people with very narrow ear canals or those with reoccurring ear infections
CIC. Completely in the canal hearing aids are slightly larger than an IIC, however they still offer a custom made discreet fit. Modern miniaturisation of receivers and improved feedback control means that most manufacturers have a model suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss. Almost all manufacturers offer a remote control option and some now offer wireless compatibility. This style will be suitable to most ear canals.
ITE. In the ear hearing aids are slightly larger for dexterity reasons than CIC's. The benefits are a more easier to handle hearing aid with a larger easier to handle battery that has a longer battery life.
Suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss with optional remote control or wireless compatibility. This style will be suitable to most ear canals.
OPEN EAR. Open ear hearing aids have been available for five years or more and offer a discreet hearing aid option for clients who may not like the sensation of having a hearing aid deep in the ear canal. Suitable for clients with a mild to moderate hearing loss they offer a more natural hearing solution. In most cases normal hearing is maintained and where a person's frequencies are reduced, they are enhanced by the hearing aid. Particularly good for clients with narrow ear canals or clients who may have had reliability issues in the past due to moisture as the receiver is in the small device behind the ear. Most models have a remote control option and wireless capability.
RECEIVER IN THE CANAL (RIC). Receiver in the canal hearing aids are similar in style to OPEN EAR hearing aids however they have the receiver in the ear which is attached by a wire. The benefits are that by removing the receiver from the part behind the ear, feedback is improved, so this can be suitable for a mild to severe hearing loss. The housing behind the ear is also reduced in size due to the receiver being removed. Most models have a remote control option and wireless capability.
POWER HEARING AIDS. For severe to profound hearing loss there have been positive developments. These include: increased sound without distortion, frequency transposition or compression to move non audible sounds into audible areas of hearing and increased control and wireless capability. Power hearing aids also have less feedback issues and a reduction in size for increased discretion and comfort.