Technological advances have produced more options in hearing aid electronics and styles than ever before, and there are continual gains being made in the industry. Electronics, price and style all play a part in the choice of a hearing aid. It’s important to remember that not all hearing aids are the same even though they make look alike. Two styles (receiver-in-canal and the completely-in-canal) are the industry leaders and represent the majority of our modern day fittings.
|Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aids have thin tubing that makes it very cosmetically appealing. The receiver is housed within a small tip that goes in to your ear and the computer sits behind the ear. This instrument is considered to be the most cosmetically appealing of all hearing aids and has gained great popularity over the last several years. RIC hearing aids are recommended for mild to severe high frequency hearing loss. Advantages: great comfort, great cosmetic appeal, and some models are water resistant for those with perspiration or moisture problems.
All major manufacturers have a RIC instrument with varying levels of computer technology and therefore are available in a wide range of prices to fit your budget.
The Muse and Halo series by Starkey is one of the most advanced RIC hearing aids that allows both hearing aids to communicate with each other, reduced listening effort in noise and wireless streaming of audio from your TV or radio directly into your hearing aids.
|Completely-in-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are practically invisible to an observer. Custom designed to fit the wearer’s ear, CIC hearing aids fit deep inside the ear canal and most closely resemble the natural hearing process. CIC hearing aids are meant for people with ear canals large enough to accommodate the insertion depth of the device into the ear. They are usually not recommended for people with dexterity problems because they are very small instruments with tiny batteries. This type of hearing aid, though very cosmetically appealing, has a higher repair rate and is more susceptible to ear wax or fluids draining from within the ear.
The AMP is a budget-friendly CIC option for those people with mild to moderate hearing loss.