What are the different types of hearing aids?

Hearing aids come in a variety of designs and with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs. The most basic components include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and (in the case of digital hearing technology) a small processor/computer. The unprecedented effectiveness of modern digital hearing aids comes from a powerful combination of professional expertise, software, and hardware.
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RECEIVER-IN-THE-CANAL (RIC)


Fits behind the ear and has a tiny wire that connects between the device and a small speaker that sits directly in the ear canal and provides an open fit, preventing the “plugged up” feeling. The speakers provide a very high fidelity sound for a more natural sense of hearing.

BEHIND-THE-EAR (BTE)


Most parts are contained in a plastic case that rests behind the ear; the case is connected to an earmold or an earpiece by a piece of clear tubing. This style is often chosen for people because it can accommodate various earmold types, and provide extra power when needed. Also, the BTE aids are easy to be cleaned and handled, and are relatively sturdy.

IN-THE-EAR (ITE)


All parts of the hearing aid are contained in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear. The ITE aids are larger than the in-the-canal and completely-in-the-canal aids (see below), and for some people may be easier to handle than smaller aids.

IN-THE-CANAL (ITC) AIDS & COMPLETELY-IN-THE-CANAL (CIC)


These hearing aids are contained in tiny cases that fit partly or completely into the ear canal. They are the smallest hearing aids available and offer cosmetic advantages. However, their small size may make them difficult to handle and adjust for some people.

Hearing Aid Features

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Rechargeable Hearing Aids


Many who want to save time, ongoing costs, and the environment will want to consider rechargeable hearing aids, one of the latest innovations in hearing aid technology. Rechargeable hearing aids are designed to provide power to last all day long. Simply place your hearing aids into the charger at night and wake up to fully charged hearing aids.

For the life of your hearing aid, only one rechargeable battery is needed, and you no longer have to take inconvenient trips to the drugstore to stock up on batteries.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Bluetooth Connectivity


For some time, Bluetooth has been part of the world of hearing aids, but to take advantage, you needed to use a separate device to connect the hearing aid to your smartphone. Not anymore!

Hearing aids featuring direct Bluetooth connectivity have revolutionized the industry in recent years. These 'Made for iPhone' and 'Made for any phone' hearing aids allow you to connect your smartphones directly via Bluetooth to your hearing aids, allowing you to call friends and watch your favorite shows without removing your hearing aids.

Telecare

Telecare


Telecare allows you to see, hear, and have an in-depth conversation with one of our hearing professionals, just like a regular office visit. With some hearing aid models, remote programming is also available.

No matter if you live five or five hundred miles away, our telecare services ensure you the same care as you would receive if you visited our office in person.

Nobody could have expected the magnitude of COVID-19's effect on our healthcare system and way of life. Whether you're sheltering in place or have difficulty visiting us in person, our telehealth services are here for you.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence


You might still have the idea of science fiction in your head when you start to think about artificial intelligence. But the truth is that AI is used in many electronic devices, including hearing aids. To isolate the sounds you want to hear, AI-equipped hearing aids can minimize distracting background sounds in a crowded room. As you choose the sounds you want to hone in on, AI hearing aids will recall these settings and revert to them the next time it senses this particular noise environment. There is lots more potential for the use of AI in hearing aids, and we're excited to see where the technology moves next.