Hearing Aid Styles
When it comes to selecting a hearing aid style, you should always take into account the degree of your hearing loss, power and option requirements, manual dexterity abilities, and cosmetic preferences.
During your initial consultation with Allison Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, P.C., our Houston audiologists will help you explore all of the different options and provide a custom fitting experience to ensure maximum comfort.
Once your hearing aid has been fitted, our team will show you how to adjust it and maintain your device.
If your hearing aids ever need repairs or adjustments, you can count on your leading Houston hearing healthcare team to keep them in working order for years to come.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE STYLES BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF EACH DESIGN.
RECEIVER IN CANAL (RIC)
RIC hearing aids feature a discreet design that leaves the ear canal more open, which makes it perfect for those with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss. This new, smaller type of BTE hearing device fits snugly behind the ear and includes a narrow tube that is inserted into the ear canal, which removes occlusion and provides clearer sound quality.
behind the ear (BTE)
The traditional BTE is the most flexible hearing aid available. The hearing aid itself is worn behind the ear, conducting sound into a custom ear mold that rests inside the outer ear. Although this is the largest type of hearing aid, it is also the most powerful, the easiest to adjust, and is capable of addressing almost all types of hearing loss.
This type of hearing aid fits snugly inside the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear. Primarily used to correct mild to severe hearing loss, ITE hearing aids are more visible than IIC devices. However, they are generally easier to insert and adjust and have a longer battery life.
Invisible in Canal (IIC)
This micro device is the latest in custom hearing aid styles, fitting so deeply into the ear canal that it is almost completely hidden from view.
Invisible and Extended Wear
As the first invisible hearing aids approved for extended wear, Lyric® hearing aid devices are placed deep in the ear canal, which completely hides them from view. They can be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 2-3 months at a time and do not require maintenance or battery charges. You can sleep and shower in your devices and enjoy the fact they are maintenance free!
MICROPHONE IN HELIX (MIH)
The MIH is the most innovative hearing design in hearing aids. For this custom fit device, the microphone is seated in the helix portion of the outer ear. The hearing aid components and speaker rest in the ear canal. Having the microphone face forward, yet tucked into the helix, allows for better speech clarity while also reducing wind noise. Occlusion is also lessened to allow for a more natural sound quality.