There are many types of hearing aids. We understand that as a customer you can no longer see the wood for the trees. To give you an idea of which different hearing aids are available on the market, we are going to explain the different types. Which models are there? What are the pros and cons of these hearing aids. What makes one hearing aid more suitable for you than the other. Which type of hearing aid is best for your hearing loss.
The search for the best hearing aid starts with which model of hearing aid you want to buy. Below are the different models of hearing aids and the abbreviations that are often mentioned:
We will explain these 4 models one by one below. This will make it easier to find the best hearing aid.
In-ear hearing aids are called ITEs. These hearing aids are custom made. The hearing care professional takes an impression of your ear canal and it is sent to the hearing aid manufacturer. Every brand has in-ear hearing aids. An in-the-ear hearing aid is located in the ear and is minimally visible to the outside world. The in-ear headphones are also available in an extremely small size. When there is enough space in your ear, they can make a hearing aid very small and very deep in your ear. There is then a pull cord with which you can easily remove the device from the ear. They call this CIC. Complete in the canal. An example of such a hearing aid is the Widex Evoke 330 micro .
Benefits in the ear:
Disadvantages in the ear:
The behind the ear hearing aids are the most famous hearing aids. These are the hearing aids where you wear a system behind your ear with a connector to your ear canal. A custom-made earpiece is attached to that connector. The hearing care professional will also make an impression of your ear for this, which will be sent to the Lab. There they make a custom ear cup from acrylic material. An example of a hearing aid behind the ear is the Resound Linx 3d 988 .
This device is also remotely adjustable !
Benefits behind the ear:
Disadvantages behind the ear:
The RIC devices are also hearing aids that are partly behind your ear. However, there is no connecting hose attached to it, but a thin electronic wire. We will first explain this to you properly.
Lesson in between! In order to bring sound to your ear canal, and then let you hear it properly, it is necessary that the sound that is received by the hearing aid (behind the ear) is transported to your ear canal. With BTE hearing aids, this is done through the connection piece. This is a tube through which sound can pass. The sound then passes through the tube to the custom-made earmold and is then released into your ear canal near your eardrum. The RIC hearing aids are also located behind your ear but have a different way of transporting sound. This is attached to another connector. A so-called loudspeaker. You should see a RIC device as a sound system with speakers. The hearing aid is the sound system and the wire to your ears is the box that reproduces the sound in your ear. An example of an in-ear receiver is the Starkey Livio ai 2400 ric .
Advantages of RIC devices:
Disadvantages RIC devices:
The Lyric is a bit of the gem among hearing aids!
This beautiful system is available in 7 different sizes. From XXS to XXL. A different size for each ear canal. The electronics are built into a kind of small capsule. Over this are two soft wings. These wings are therefore the different sizes. Because the Lyric can be placed very far in your ear, it gives an optimal sound. The Lyric is placed by a Lyric specialist. The specialist is trained in “placing this special system as deep as possible”! The Lyric is the only device that can withstand moisture. That is to say, you can take a shower with it, and you can even swim with it. Don’t dive, swim … with a nice little tailor-made swimming cap.
Now you know broadly which models / types of hearing aids are for sale and what the advantages and disadvantages are!
Good luck with looking for the best hearing aid that suits your unique wishes and needs. If you want even more hearing aid advice before you continue looking for the right hearing aid, you can always visit our site for more information .
Good luck with the search for a beautiful hearing aid that suits your needs!