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Types of Hearing Aids: Exploring Your Options

At Kensington Hearing, we understand the importance of finding the perfect hearing aid to meet your unique needs. With an extensive range of hearing aids available, we aim to provide comprehensive information to help you make an informed decision. In this article, we will delve into the various types of hearing aids, exploring their features, benefits, and suitability for different individuals. 

In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

n-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-made devices that fit snugly within the outer ear. These aids are visible from the outside and offer a range of features to enhance your listening experience. Some of the key advantages of ITE hearing aids include:

  1. Comfortable Fit: ITE hearing aids are individually crafted to fit the unique contours of your ear, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit.

  2. Ease of Use: With user-friendly controls conveniently placed on the aid itself, adjusting settings becomes effortless.

  3. Improved Sound Quality: Due to their larger size, ITE aids can house advanced features such as directional microphones, which enhance sound clarity, especially in noisy environments.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are discreet and comfortable devices that sit behind the ear, similar to BTE aids. The main difference lies in the placement of the receiver, which is positioned directly in the ear canal. Let’s explore the advantages of RIC hearing aids:

  1. Natural Sound: By placing the receiver closer to the eardrum, RIC aids provide a more natural sound experience and enhanced localisation of sounds.

  2. Discreet Appearance: The thin and almost invisible wire connecting the aid to the receiver ensures a discreet appearance, appealing to those seeking a more inconspicuous option.

  3. Reduced Feedback: RIC aids utilise advanced technology to minimise feedback and whistling sounds, resulting in a more comfortable listening experience. 


Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

Completely-in-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are custom-made to fit deep within the ear canal, making them virtually invisible. Let’s explore the benefits of CIC hearing aids:

  1. Cosmetic Appeal: CIC aids offer maximum discretion, as they are custom-made to fit deep within the ear canal, remaining virtually hidden from view.

  2. Reduced Wind Noise: Due to their placement within the ear canal, CIC aids benefit from the natural protection provided by the outer ear, reducing wind noise and improving overall sound quality.

  3. Convenience: CIC aids make it easier to talk on the phone without any third-party apps, due to the placement of the microphone inside the ear.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are versatile devices that rest comfortably behind the ear. They comprise two main components: a discreet case worn behind the ear and a custom earmold or dome that fits inside the ear canal. Let’s explore the benefits of BTE hearing aids:

  1. Amplification Power: BTE hearing aids are capable of providing amplification for a wide range of hearing loss, from mild to profound.

  2. Durability: With their robust design, BTE aids are highly durable, making them suitable for active individuals or those prone to moisture and dust exposure.

  3. Improved Connectivity: Many BTE models offer wireless connectivity options, allowing you to effortlessly connect to your smartphone, television, or other audio devices.

Take the First Step to Better Hearing:

The selection of a hearing aid style goes beyond aesthetics. Factors such as the degree of hearing loss, lifestyle preferences, and physical comfort all play a crucial role in determining the most suitable option. Whether you lean towards the discreet elegance of Completely-in-Canal (CIC) aids or prefer the versatility of Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models, our dedicated team will guide you towards the perfect style that aligns with your unique needs.

By scheduling an appointment, you are taking an active step towards improving your hearing and reclaiming the joy of clear and vibrant sound. Call us to book a consultation or hearing test with an audiologist. 


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Ben Horlock Audiologist

Ben Horlock RHAD MHSAA, is an accomplished audiologist deeply committed to delivering remarkable audiological services.

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