There are many types of hearing aids on the market today. Different sizes and shapes, along with strengths and connect-abilities. Below we will talk about some of the different sizes and shapes that hearing aids come in.
Completely in The Canal
This is the smallest most invisible option for hearing instrument users. The completely in the canal or (cic) hearing instrument is molded to fit deep inside the ear canal giving high quality sound directly into the ear drum. Though it is a nice option for someone who wants their aid completely concealed.
Receiver in The Canal
This type of hearing aid has gained popularity over the past several years due to its incredible versatility in dealing with hearing loss types. In the receiver in the canal or (Ric) hearing instrument there is a body that houses the microchips and the microphones. Attached to the body is a wire receiver that goes from the body to the inside of the canal. The receiver takes the sound given by the body and re clarifies it once more in the canal for smooth easy understanding.
Behind the Ear
Behind the ear hearing instruments are typically for the most severe hearing losses. Behind the ear or (BTE) hearing instruments have a larger body then a receiver in the canal instrument. This allows them to produce much more volume of sound. BTE hearing instruments require a special mold that goes in the ear and completely blocks off the canal to hold as much sound in as possible.
Custom hearing instruments are molded to fit specifically to each individuals ears. They come in several sizes to fit individual losses and canal shapes. Custom instruments can be made with any technology level that a manufacturer offers and seldom increases the price for the custom fit.