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A wide range of technology and a host of features are available in each hearing aid style. The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the number of features the instrument has and not necessarily on the style selected. Today’s digital hearing aids are typically offered in various technology levels, such as entry, mid or advanced level.
There are many levels of hearing aid technology as well as convenience features such as cell phone connectivity and rechargeability. A hearing aid consultation is necessary to better determine the necessary technology and features for the individuals needs and lifestyle.
When selecting a style the following is considered:
- Lifestyle and listening needs
- The degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
- Manual dexterity and visual abilities
- Patient budget
- Skin sensitivities
- Anatomical/medical considerations
Styles of hearing aids
Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today’s hearing aids are considered sleek, compact and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
Receiver in-the-Ear (RITE) with Slim Wire and Tip
RITE’s are designed to sit behind the outer ear and have ultra-thin tubing/wiring to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing/wiring connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but typically doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting”.
BTE with Earmold
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids with earmolds fit mild through severe hearing losses. Their shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and are in various sizes. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.
Custom in the Ear
Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. There are several styles, ranging from smallest to largest.