A hearing aid is a small electronic – amplifying device that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one.
Most hearing aids share several similar electronic components; a microphone, amplifier, speaker and the batteries that power the electronic parts. The hearing aid receives sound through a microphone, which transfers the sound waves to electrical signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of the signals and then sends them into the ear canal through a speaker.
Hearing aids differ in design, technology used to achieve amplification and special features associated with sound quality.
The selection of hearing aids is based on the type and severity of hearing loss, listening needs, and lifestyle.
Hearing Aid Styles
Behind The Ear (BTE)
Available in all product lines, each with a unique set of purpose-driven features for specific client needs. Each BTE style, standard, high power and super power, raises the bar for performance and features in the premium, advanced and essential categories.
Full shell (ITE)
It’s a Custom-made hearing aid made to fit securely and comfortably in the outer ear. The large size of these aids made it possible to use by people with challenges performing tasks, especially with the hands. These type of aids are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.
Ultra Small BTE (RIE, Open-fit)
Open behind-the-ear (BTE) and Receiver-in-Ear (RIE) hearing aids are suitable for mild to sever high frequency hearing loss.
"Open" type of fitting is very comfortable and discreet and has a more natural sound with less occlusion (“blocked ear” feeling).
These aids are custom made to fit almost entirely inside the ear canal, making them difficult to notice. These aids are suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Completely in The Canal (CIC)
This style of hearing aids are one of the smallest custom-made available aid , the CIC fits deeply inside the ear canal making it almost invisible. These aids are suitable for mild to moderately sever hearing loss.
Pico Completely in The Canal (Micro CIC)
It’s a tiny hidden aid that fits deeply inside the ear canal, these aids are suitable for mild to moderately sever hearing loss. A more natural sound is provided by these aids since the microphone is located at the opening of the ear canal.