Digital Hearing Aids and Styles
DIGITAL signal processing technology is the most sophisticated hearing aid technology in today’s market. All hearing aids provided at Estes Audiology are the latest advances in the industry. The range of technology is varied and recommendations for which type of digital hearing solution is best for an individual is based on each person’s unique hearing loss and communication needs.
Estes Audiology carries several styles and brands of hearing aids, and will work with you to provide the best fit for your needs and lifestyle. Daily wear styles of hearing aids include:
Open or Receiver-In-The-Ear, Behind-The-Ear, In-The-Ear, In-The-Canal and Completely-In-The-Canal.
- In-the-Ear (ITE) devices fit in the outer ear in the area called the concha. ITE hearing aids are custom made to fit an individual’s ear. This model of hearing aid can be used in mild to some severe hearing losses. Many models offer feedback ancellation and background noise reduction. In-the-Canal (ITC) aids are smaller devices that fit in the bottom half of the external ear. These models cannot be seen when face to face with the wearer and are difficult to see from the side. ITC and Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) aids are the least custom model of hearing aid. These devices are intended for mostly for mild to moderately-severe losses.
- Behind-the-Ear hearing aids or BTEs can be used for a large range of hearing loss, from mild to severe. Since the main components are located outside the ear, the chance of moisture and earwax damaging the electric system is reduced, which can increase the life of the hearing aid. Many models of BTE on the maket today are called mini BTEs and may have a small ear piece for insertion called an “open fit”. They also use a traditional earmold. The smaller BTEs allow not only reduced occlusion or a “plugged up” feeling in the ear canal, but also offer comfort, reduce feedback and decrease cosmetic concerns for many hearing aid users.
- Receiver-in-the-Ear are BTE hearing instruments that place the speaker directly in the ear without a fitted earmold and are often referred to as “Receiver in the Canal” (RIC) hearing aids. These models use soft ear inserts, usually made of silicone, to position the loudspeaker in the patient’s ear. Some of the advantages can include improved sound quality, “open-fit” technology, and less wait time, if any for patient to receive their hearing device.