HearingAids

Open Fit

OpenFitOpen fit hearing aids are worn behind the ear and have a very thin almost invisible tube that fits into the ear canal. A probe on the end brings the sound into the ear canal.

Advantages:

•    It works with the natural shape of the ear to amplify sound.
•    Because it does not completely plug the ear canal, it typically produces a more natural sound.
•    It is less conspicuous than most other styles and more comfortable.
•    Patients can use the telephone without any problems.

Openfit

Disadvantages:

•    Has a shorter battery life (5-7 days) than some other models.

Most Suitable For Patients Who:

•    Have a high frequency hearing loss.
•    Desire a smaller and more discreet instrument.
•    Use the telephone often and need amplification for telephone conversation.
•    Have complained that their voices “echo” with custom in-the-ear hearing aids.

Traditional Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

BehindEarThis type of instrument consists of the device itself which sits behind the ear, a custom fit earmold which sits inside the ear, and a small clear flexible tube that connects the hearing aid to the earmold.

Advantages:

•    This style can be fit to the widest range of hearing loss.  It is appropriate for patients with only mild hearing loss all the way to severely-profound hearing loss.
•    It offers the largest number of features compared with other styles.
•    The traditional BTE uses larger batteries which last longer and don’t have to be changed as often (approximately 14 days.)
•    Controls on the hearing aid are larger on this style making it easier to use if the patient has vision or dexterity problems.
•    It has the lowest chance of causing acoustic feedback or “whistling.”
•    It has relatively low visibility, depending on the hairstyle worn.
•    It is larger and harder to misplace.

Disadvantages:

•    Requires a little more maintenance than some other hearing aid styles because the tubing needs to be changed periodically.
•    Custom earmolds may need to be replaced as frequently as every 18 months.
•    May be more difficult to put on if manual dexterity is limited.
•    May be more visible if the ears are small or hair is very short.
•    Requires slightly different positioning of the telephone receiver.

Most Suitable For People Who:

•    Have severe-to-profound hearing loss or a steeply sloping audiometric hearing loss pattern.
•    Have fluctuating hearing abilities.
•    Need additional features like manual control, T-Coil, and FM compatibility.
•    Prefer this aid’s style/appearance to other styles.

In-The-Ear (ITE)

InEarThis type of hearing aid and those that follow are housed completely within the outer ear. There are no separate attachments or other parts behind the ear.

Advantages:

•    No tubes or earmolds to replace.
•    Relatively long battery life.
•    Can be used with a wide range of hearing losses ranging from mild to severe.
•    Can offer more features than most smaller styles.
•    The telephone receiver can be held in the usual manner.
•    Easier to place in the ear and change the battery than other smaller styles.   Especially for patients with dexterity issues.

Disadvantage:

•    More visible than other ITE styles.

Most Suitable For People Who:

•    Have as much as a moderate to severe hearing loss .
•    Have dexterity issues.

In-The-Canal (ITC)

InCanalAn ITC hearing aid is about one-half the size of an ITE hearing aid. It can be used for mild to moderate hearing losses.

Advantages:

•    Less visible than the ITE hearing aid style.
•    Still able to get a number of features such as directional microphones.

Disadvantages:

•    It has a slightly shorter battery life than the behind the ear hearing aid styles and in the ear styles (7-10 days.)
•    Cannot accommodate severe or profound hearing losses.

Most Suitable For People Who:

•    Desire a smaller and more discreet instrument than the ITE style.
•    Have a mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

The CIC aid fits completely within the ear canal and is the least visible of all the in the ear hearing aid styles.

Advantages:

•    It fits a wide range of hearing losses from mild to moderate.
•    It is virtually invisible and therefore the most cosmetically appealing instrument.
•    It is the best choice in hearing aids for telephone use because it has the least chance of feedback.
•    The microphone is located in a more natural sound-gathering position (at or slightly inside the ear canal opening) which allows the outer ear to provide more high-frequency emphasis and enhanced localization.

Disadvantages:

•     It has a somewhat shorter battery life (5-7 days).
•    The smaller battery size may make battery changes difficult if manual dexterity is limited.
•    Ear wax within the hearing aid can frequently plug the receiver.
•    Patients may experience more occlusion (a sensation of "talking in a barrel" or hearing their own voice as unusually loud) as compared with other styles.

Most Suitable For People Who:

•    Have only mild or moderate hearing loss.
•    Desire a smaller and more discreet instrument  that fits completely in the canal.
•    Use the telephone often and need amplification for telephone conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

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