Hearing Aid Options
Modern hearing aids offer a wide range of functions and variety. Your hearing care professional will help you make the choice that is perfect for you. They will consider your hearing needs, your budget, your lifestyle and your individual hearing preferences.
The Behind-the-Ear (BTE) device consists of an instrument that rests behind the ear attached to a custom made earmold. This style may be used for all types and degrees of hearing loss. These devices can be packaged in a mini case depending on the type and level of hearing loss. A BTE device may be required due to medical conditions of the external auditory canal that prohibit the use of other devices.
In-the-Ear devices are a custom made product that fills the concha (the bowl of the ear) and some portion of the ear canal. A broad range of circuit designs are available that allow these devices to be used in individuals with a mild to severe hearing loss. These devices are easy to manipulate for those with poor vision or manual dexterity problems.
These devices are smaller than ITEs and fit only in the outer portion of the ear canal. ITCs are suitable for patients with an adequate sized ear canal, mild-to-moderate hearing loss, and no moisture or skin problems of the ear.