The digital revolution has made a huge impact on the way hearing aids look, feel and work. They can be so small that they are virtually invisible, so “cool” looking that you will want everyone to see them, and so natural sounding they mimic the way you used to hear before you experienced hearing loss.
Digital Hearing Aid Features
- Dual microphones allow you to hear more clearly in noisy situations. Some can even identify the source of the noise and amplify speech while reducing background sounds.
- Open technology that keeps the ear canal unobstructed eliminates that “talking in a barrel” effect.
- Feedback cancellation does just that… It cancels feedback BEFORE you hear it as an annoying whistle.
- Hands free technology automatically adjusts to your listening environment… whether you are on the phone, in a crowd, or in wind.
- Your digital hearing aid can be programmed with a computer to meet your individualized needs.
- Wireless technology allows you to hear your cell phone, television, and home phone in stereo, directly through your hearing aids!
Digital Hearing Aid Types
There are a variety of different styles of digital hearing aids, named for where they sit relative to the ear. Styles include:
Completely In The Canal (CIC).
These are custom molded to fit inside your ear canal, making them virtually invisible. They are ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
In The Canal (ITC).
They sit in the ear canal, but not as deeply as CIC instruments; their slightly larger size translates to additional features. These are best for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Invisible In The Canal (IIC).
IIC hearing aids are even smaller than CIC units, and placed deep within the ear canal. They require less amplification and deliver natural sound, but are susceptible to earwax. Will benefit those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Receiver In The Ear (RITE).
RITE hearing aids fit inside the concha of the outer ear and are larger than other units. They are visible to others, but easy to use and offer extra features. They are appropriate for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind The Ear (BTE).
BTE hearing aids hook over the top of your ear and sit behind the ear. They are the largest and most visible type, but offer excellent amplification and aren’t as prone to damage from moisture or earwax. They work well for all types of hearing loss and are especially ideal for children.