Digital Hearing Aids and Styles
DIGITAL signal processing technology is the most sophisticated hearing aid technology in today’s market. All hearing aids provided at Estes Audiology are the latest advances in the industry. The range of technology is varied and recommendations for which type of digital hearing solution is best for an individual is based on each person’s unique hearing loss and communication needs.
Estes Audiology carries several styles and brands of hearing aids, and will work with you to provide the best fit for your needs and lifestyle. Daily wear styles of hearing aids include:
Open or Receiver-In-The-Ear, Behind-The-Ear, In-The-Ear, In-The-Canal and Completely-In-The-Canal.
- In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids fit in area called the concha, which is the outer ear. ITE devices are custom made from a mold taken of an individual’s ear. This model of hearing aid can be used in different degrees of hearing loss. Feedback cancellation and background noise reduction are advances in the industry that are included in many models. In-the-Canal (ITC) aids are similar, smaller devices that fit in the bottom half of the bowl of the ear. These models are not easily seen when in the ear. ITC and Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) aids are the least custom model of hearing aid.
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are also used for different degrees of hearing loss. The electrical components are located outside the ear, reducing the chance of damage from moisture and earwax, which can help the hearing aid last longer. BTEs have become smaller and lighter over the past few years and are barely noticeable behind the ear, or not noticeable when hair is covering the devices. BTEs can be fit as an “open fit”, meaning they do not always require a custom ear piece. In some cases an ear mold, fit to an individual’s ear is necessary for the best result to be attained from a BTE hearing aid.
- Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIC) hearing aids are BTE devices that place the speaker directly in the ear without a fitted ear mold. Improved sound quality can be an advantage to RIC devices, which “open-fit” technology, providing shorter time between ordering the aids and the fitting, if any additional time is needed.