5 Modern Hearing Aids for Different Fittings and Degrees of Hearing Loss

Posted on: 25 June 2015

Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and fittings. Older models were pretty indiscreet, and wearers often felt self-conscious. However, modern hearing aids are designed to be barely visible, and their individual structure can match a specific type of hearing loss. Here are five modern hearing aids for differing preferences and degrees of hearing loss.

Receiver in the Canal (RIC)

This hearing device comprises a case, a connector and a receiver. It is not fully situated in the ear. Instead, the receiver rests inside the ear canal and is connected to a case that fits behind the ear. The connection line is usually transparent to make it less noticeable. This device is specifically designed to correct the inability to hear high frequencies. 

  • Prescribed for mild to intermediate hearing loss

In the Ear (ITE)

The ITE rests in the external ear. It can also be directed toward a sound source as desired. Since the structure of the outer ear varies widely from person to person, in-the-ear hearing aids must be custom made. The color of the device as well as its shape can be designed to fit your ear precisely. The relatively large size of the device makes removal and placement easy.

  • Prescribed for mild to severe hearing loss

Completely in the Canal (CIC)

The CIC hearing aid rests inside the ear canal, and it is also customized to fit your ear. However, the CIC is not for everyone. It is small, so it can be difficult for some people to get it in and out of their ear. In addition, the CIC is easily damaged by moisture, so even earwax can cause a problem with this hearing aid.  Nevertheless, placement inside the ear has its advantages. Noise from moving air is greatly reduced.

  • Prescribed for mild to severe hearing loss

In the Canal (ITC)

The ITC is placed inside the canal, but not as fully as the completely-in-the-canal design. Thus, it is more visible. Nevertheless, the device can be flesh-toned so it is still barely noticeable.  The ITC can be fashioned with the ability to direct sound. So, when you are in busy room, you can still discern the sounds that are important.

  • Prescribed for mild to intermediate hearing loss

Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

The tiniest and most discreet hearing aid is the IIC. Due to its positioning when worn, it is invisible to an observer. This auditory device lies deep inside the canal of your ear, and it can be used for a wide range of hearing loss. Since the IIC hearing aid is custom made, the fitting is comfortable and well-hidden. In addition, due to its proximity to your ear drum, it has the greatest reduction in undesirable noise. These hearing aids should be extracted from the ear daily, so you must be comfortable with the insertion and removal of such a small device.

  • Prescribed for mild to severe hearing loss

Hearing loss can be corrected by a discreet hearing aid that does not make you feel self-conscious. You can choose the size and fitting of your hearing aid. However, differing types of aids are designed to correct different types of hearing loss. To find a hearing aid that works for you, contact a local hearing aid specialist like Clarity & Comfort Hearing Center