All brands, all models
There are literally hundreds of different hearing aid models available today. As with all areas of technology, some devices are better than others, and some are more appropriate in specific situations. At Hello Hearing, we are 100% independent and locally-owned which means we offer ALL mainstream hearing aid brands. As part of a hearing health plan, we can select the most suitable device for your needs to give you the best chance of achieving your goals.
Hearing aids can generally be categorised into one of the following styles:
IIC devices are some of the smallest hearing devices available. They fit deep inside the ear canal and allow the external ear (pinna) to capture sound in a natural manner. One limitation of these devices is that they generally won't fit inside very small or narrow ear canals. Although IIC devices are incredibly small, some of the more recent models are now even equipped with wireless connectivity.
CIC devices are similar but slightly larger than an IIC. They are almost invisible, being contained only within the ear canal. Like an IIC, they won't suit some very small or narrow ear canals. Although CIC devices are very small, many of the more recent models are now equipped with wireless connectivity and push button controls.
ITC devices are larger than a CIC. They have a portion protruding from the ear canal into the bowl (concha) of the ear. They will generally be more likely to fit inside an ear canal that is too small for an IIC or CIC device. Given their larger size, it is also often possible for an ITC to contain a greater range of features, such as directional microphones and more user controls. They also have the potential to house larger and more powerful speakers when required, for more significant hearing losses.
ITE devices are larger than an ITC. They fill up most or all of the bowl (concha & helix) region of the ear. Given their larger size, ITEs are generally able to contain the full range of features and contols, and also have the ability to house larger and more powerful speakers. Many also contain larger batteries which will need to be replaced less often and can be easier to handle for those with reduced manual dexterity.
BTE devices have all the electronic componentry housed behind the ear, with an air-filled tube running down into the ear canal, often via a custom mould. There are many variations in the shape and size of these devices, but the basic principle remains the same. They tend to be one of the more robust and flexible styles of hearing device, and generally have larger user controls which some find easier to manage.
RIC devices are essentially a BTE style, except they have the receiver (or speaker) situated in the ear canal. The speaker may be held in place via either a custom mould, or a soft silicone dome, depending on a number of factors. A primary advantage of this style is that the behind-the-ear component can be made significantly smaller without limiting the size and power output of the speaker.