At The Hearing and Tinnitus Center, we understand how important hearing is to your day-to-day life. That’s why we’ll recommend the best course of treatment if we determine you have a hearing loss present. Often, hearing aids are the most widely-used solution for addressing a decline in hearing. Our audiologist is familiar with the top brands and styles available on the market, which is why you can trust us to find the right device for you, including:
Styles of Hearing Aids
In addition to selecting a device from the best manufacturer, it’s also important to consider what style will be most conducive to your lifestyle. With hearing aids that sit behind or in the ear, as well as in the canal, our audiologist will help you find the right one to address your specific set of needs.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) Devices
BTE hearing aids tend to have larger batteries that enable them to last longer. In addition, the larger batteries and size of the hearing aids allow those who wear them to enjoy the use of multiple features and additional accessories.
This style of hearing aid is trusted and relied upon by a multitude of individuals. The BTE device rests comfortably behind the ear. Sound travels through a tiny tube, into a custom earpiece called an earmold, which fits inside the ear canal.
Another variation of the behind-the-ear style is the receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aid. With an RITE device, the main part of the hearing aid sits hidden behind your ear. Unlike the standard BTE, the receiver is mounted externally, so they’re smaller than what you might imagine.
In-the-ear (ITE) devices
Hearing aids that can fit inside the ear are naturally smaller than other styles. As such, the battery size is smaller and will require more frequent changes. Because of the reduced battery size, smaller hearing aids might not be suitable for individuals impacted by more profound hearing loss. ITE hearing aids are suitable for individuals with mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss, but can still be equipped with the features you need to enjoy your listening experience.
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids
The most discreet option on the market, canal hearing aids are available in different sizes, but all remain virtually undetectable to others. These devices can be classified as invisible, in the canal or completely in canal. They are small, which makes them suitable for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. However, they can be difficult to handle when cleaning or maintaining the device, so individuals with dexterity issues may not be suitable candidates for this style of hearing aid.
- Earplugs and earmolds for hunting: Designed to protect hunters from the damaging impacts of rounds fired.
- Earplugs and earmolds for music: Designed to optimize the musician’s experience by filtering out the damaging sounds, but allowing the music to reach the wearer.
- Earplugs and earmolds for swimming: Designed to stop water from entering the ears while swimming. Available in options that float, making them easy to keep track of.
Oticon was founded on a compassion for people — and a deep understanding of the role that hearing plays in living a richer and fuller life. People First is our promise to empower people to communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively.
If you’re unsure what hearing aid brand or style you could benefit most from, talk to the audiologist at The Hearing and Tinnitus Center. We have expert knowledge when it comes to diagnosing and treating hearing loss and we’re happy to assist you in finding the perfect device for your specific needs.