Hearing Aids

There is a wide assortment of hearing aid products and styles available in hearing instruments today. The type that is most suitable for you is determined by your degree of hearing loss and your lifestyle. After a complete hearing evaluation, you and your hearing health care provider will discuss the various options that would work the best for you. The following are some examples.

Hearing Aid Styles

Lyric

  • Small stock hearing aids that are custom programmed for a specific loss
  • All components contained within the product
  • Medical grade materials
  • Do not have to replace batteries
  • Worn 24/7

Invisible-in-the-canal

  • The smallest of all custom products
  • One piece hearing aid
  • All components contained within the custom molded unit
  • Fits inside the ear canal
  • Not visible for those with larger ear canals

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)

  • Very small one – piece hearing aid
  • All components contained in a custom – fit, hard –  molded plastic shell
  • Fits inside the ear canal
  • Barely visible or not visible at all in the ear canal

Mini-Canal (MC)

  • Small one – piece hearing aid
  • All components contained in a custom – fit, hard –  molded plastic shell
  • Fits mostly in the ear canal and extends slightly outside of  the ear canal
  • Barely visible in the ear

In-the-Canal-Power (ITC-P)

  • Small one – piece hearing aid
  • All components contained in a custom – fit, hard – molded plastic shell
  • Fits outside the ear canal
  • Slightly visible in the ear

Half Shell (HS)

  • Larger one – piece hearing aid
  • All components contained in a custom – fit, hard – molded plastic shell
  • Fills a portion of the bowl of the ear
  • Visible in the ear

In-the-Ear (ITE)

  • Larger one – piece hearing aid
  • All components contained in a custom – fit, hard – molded plastic shell
  • Fills the entire bowl of the ear
  • Visible in the ear

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

  • Various sized Hearing aid and Earmold.
  • All components contained in a case that is worn behind the ear
  • A hard – molded plastic case is worn behind the ear, and a custom – fit earmold extends into the ear
  • May be barely visible depending on case color and earmold color

Receiver-in-the-Canal

  • All components contained in the case that is worn behind the ear
  • Thin tube with the receiver extends into the canal portion
  • Can have a custom or stock mold
  • Case is matched to hair or skin colour which makes it hardly noticeable

Over-the-Ear (OTE)

  • All components contained in a case that is worn behind the ear
  • A hard-molded plastic case is worn behind the ear, and a clear, thin tube extends
  • Into the ear canal. The receiver does not sit in the ear canal but rather, it is housed
  • In the actual unit that sits behind the ear
  • Barely or not at all visible

It is important to consult a hearing healthcare professional who can offer recommendations and advice to help you with this difficult decision.

There are many features in a digital hearing aid that help to make sounds comfortable and help to control background noise to enable you hear better in a noisy environment. There is a wide selection of technological features available, from directional microphones, compression, automatic volume adjustment, multiple memories, multi-channel frequency shaping, wind noise reducer, feedback suppression and more. Our staff will discuss these features and recommend those that are suitable to your listening requirements.