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Hearing aids

Hearing aid styles

Modern hearing aids come in many styles and sizes

There are now more styles and sizes of hearing aids than ever before.

Modern hearing aids are small, discreet and stylish.

Technology is always moving forward and we always fit the latest technology available. Being independent, we are able to select from all the different hearing aid manufacturers’ hearing aids to get the right solution for your needs.

What kind of hearing aid is right for me?

The best hearing aid for you will depend on your hearing loss and lifestyle, which we will get to know about during the consultation process.

Types of hearing aid

Invisible-in-canal (IIC)

These are the most discreet hearing aids available. They are custom made to fit the exact size and shape of your ear canals to ensure they are comfortable, and fit deep enough to completely disappear from view. Nobody but you will know they are there.

They are easy to insert and remove, and one of the advantages of IIC instruments is reduced wind noise due to the deep microphone placement.

They do however have a limited fitting range and are only suitable for mild to moderate hearing losses.

Completely-in-canal (CIC)

These are also custom made and fit right inside the ear canal to be virtually invisible. They can incorporate wireless technology for improved performance and a better listening experience with TVs, radios, music, mobile and landline phones.

Modern feedback management systems mean that even severe hearing losses can be fitted with CIC hearing aids, making them suitable for most people.

In-the-ear (ITE)

These are custom made to fit the shape and size of your ear canals and fit securely in the outer ear. They are unobtrusive and have optional user controls as well as directional microphones to help in noisy environments.

They incorporate wireless technology and have a larger, longer lasting battery than CICs and IICs making them easier to handle.

They are suitable for most hearing losses and are easy to handle.

Receiver-in-canal (RIC)

Although these are fitted over the ear, they can be extremely small and can offer a discreet solution. They can be less noticeable than ITEs and even CICs. They come in a variety of colours to match hair tone or style preference. The microphones and sound processor are housed in a casing that fits behind the ear, which delivers the sound down a very thin clear wire to a receiver or speaker that sits inside the ear canal. They can also incorporate wireless technology.

The receiver in the ear can be housed by an ‘open’ dome which allows normal low frequency sound into the ear and makes your own voice sound more natural.

These are suitable for mild to severe hearing losses but are particularly suited to high frequency losses.

Behind-the-ear

These can be fitted with a custom made ear mould or a slim tube with disposable tips depending on the hearing loss. They are the most powerful hearing aids available making them suitable for mild to profound hearing losses. They also have the most options for user controls and are compatible with accessories such as FM systems. They are also wireless.

They are easy to handle and have larger batteries which last longer.

Spectacle worn hearing aids

These can be ideal for conductive hearing losses. The hearing aids are incorporated into the arms of the glasses and they vibrate sound by bone conduction directly into the cochlear. We can also fit air conduction hearing aids to spectacles which deliver the sound to the ear via either a thin tube or wire from the arm of the glasses going into the ear canal. There are advantages and disadvantages to this style of hearing aid.

How much do hearing aids cost?

The cost of a hearing aid depends not on its size or style, but on the technology inside it and the features it can offer. See our prices for an idea of how much you should expect to pay.

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