Does RIC, BTE, CIC sound Greek to you? Usually, people tend to be more accepting of hearing aids only if no one can notice them. However, while a hearing aid should be inconspicuous, it must also be comfortable, best suited to your range of hearing loss and must provide you the most natural sound.
Selecting a hearing aid can be a confusing process
Keeping up with hearing in a dynamic environment requires a hearing aid to be able to adapt and adjust seamlessly. Most patients shy away from hearing aids because they don’t want them to be visible. However, recent innovations ensure that hearing aids come equipped with features that allow discreetness, wireless charging, customized colours (even to match your hair color), bluetooth-compatibility as also smartphone-friendly!
Types of Hearing aids
Hearing aids vary primarily in terms of their body-style: the larger the housing of the hearing device, the louder the sound. Smaller hearing aids are suitable for mild to borderline hearing loss, and larger ones for more profound loss.
There are three basic types of hearing aids – Receiver-in-canal (RIC), Behind-the-ear (BTE) and In-the-ear (ITE). Then there are others like IIC (Invisible In Canal) and CIC (Completely In Canal).
RIC hearing aids are worn behind the ear. You can easily adjust these, they are comfortable and require minimal customisation. You can almost completely hide the thin body profile behind your ear and the wiring is nearly invisible to the naked eye. So if you don’t want your hearing aid to be seen, this one is for you.
BTE type of hearing aids usually have the highest amplification power due to large receiver size and battery capacity. These aids are discreet and are suitable for all types of hearing losses, ranging from mild to profound. This style is often chosen for young children as it accommodates various ear-mold types, that are replaced as the child grows.
ITE hearing aids are worn directly in the ear and are custom-made for each patient. Depending on the model, ITEs sit either in the bowl of the ear or in the ear canal. ITE hearing aids come in many sizes including CIC (completely in Canal) and IIC (Invisible in Canal).
ITC hearing aids are a good compromise between features and size. Their small profile is the right choice for you if you want a perfectly unnoticeable hearing aid. Despite their small size, ITC hearing aids can still be equipped with directional microphones, to assist in speech discrimination.
CIC hearing aids are one of the most popular hearing devices. If they are fitted correctly, they sit deep in the ear canal and cannot be easily seen. While this kind of a hearing aid provides lesser amplification due to smaller batteries, the proximity of the receiver to the eardrum delivers more perceived volume.
So which hearing aid is best for you?
The right hearing aid does not depend on the one you like – but one that is suited to your needs and lifestyle. Let our team of experienced professionals assist you in making an informed decision and finding the hearing aid that’s best for you.