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CHOOSING A HEARING AID
Hearing aids are electronic instruments designed to collect sound waves from the air, selectively amplify them and direct them into the user's ear. There are many styles of hearing aids available. Hearing aids are made in many different shapes, sizes and even colours. Each one has advantages and disadvantages that should be evaluated before purchasing. Your acoustician will help you choose the correct size and circuitry for your specific hearing loss.

BEHIND THE EAR (BTE)

This hearing aid fits behind the ear and requires a separate ear mould to connect the hearing aid to the ear and deliver sound into the ear. BTE hearing aids are generally known for durability and for power. Because the microphone is located further from the ear canal and the receiver, there is also less chance for feedback or whistling than with the smaller hearing aids. The earmould is custom made to fit to each user, but the hearing aids themselves do not need to be custom made. The use of a separate ear mold works well for children who's ear size changes frequently. BTE aids are also available in a  wide variety of power levels, colours (to match your hair colour), and also in different sizes for adults to very young children.

IN THE EAR (ITE)

This hearing aid fits entirely in the ear and it is custom designed to fit the wearer's ear. Inconspicuous once in the ear, this hearing aid fits comfortably and securely inside the ear, in order to most closely imitate the natural hearing process. These one piece models have no cords or wires, because all the parts of this hearing aid are within the custom made shell. These aids are easy to handle and are appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss.

IN THE CANAL (ITC)

This hearing aid is similar to the In The Ear, but just much smaller, fitting only the lower portion of the ear canal. 

COMPLETELY IN THE CANAL (CITC)

This hearing aid is designed to fit very deeply inside the ear canal, so that only a small part is visible. Since the microphone is so recessed into the ear, sound is directed more naturally, wind noise is lessened, and telephone use is facilitated.
 

 

 
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