Hearing Aid Styles
Each hearing aid style comes with a diverse range of technologies and features. The cost of hearing aids mainly depends on the technology and features present in the device, rather than the style of the aid. Digital hearing aids are available in different technology levels, including basic, entry, advanced, and premium.
Basic digital hearing aids require the user to make manual adjustments in specific listening environments, such as changing the volume or switching to a different program. On the other hand, premium or advanced hearing aids automatically respond to changes in the user's surroundings and adjust the signals detected by the device. This eliminates the need for manual changes by the user. As the technology level increases, more advanced features become available. Examples of some advanced features that can be found in modern digital hearing aids are presented below.
When Selecting Your Hearing Aid Style
Styles of hearing aids
Custom-fit hearing aids worn in the ear come in different styles and skin tones to blend with the outer ear.
Invisible in Canal (IIC)
Completely in Canal (CIC)
In the Canal (ITC)
Full Shell in the Ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids sit flush within the entire ear bowl, allowing for maximum control and feature options, such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the device. They use a larger battery size and can accommodate even some severe hearing losses. Due to their flexibility, they are widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.