Finding The Perfect Hearing Aids for Your Budget, Lifestyle, and Unique Circumstances
The problem is, hearing aids are often remembered as large devices found in the drawers of elderly relatives – but the truth is, technology has drastically advanced and hearing aids are now remarkably small and almost invisible with advanced abilities that were deemed impossible just a decade ago.
They even boast incredible technology including the ability to connect to your Smartphone to stream sound directly into your ear, and they even have options for rechargeable batteries.
But the real reason why North Houston Hearing Solutions is unique is that unlike many other hearing care practices, we don’t limit our technology to one manufacturer – this means that we can work with you to always source the right hearing aids for your budget, lifestyle, and unique circumstances.
The Different Hearing Aid Styles
Invisible In The Canal (IIC)
The smallest custom style, IIC instruments, sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are specifically designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
The smallest custom style, CIC instruments, fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild-to-moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal, as they’re nearly invisible when worn.
Full Shell or In the Ear (ITE)
Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features, such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.
When you think “hearing aid,” chances are you’re thinking of the BTE design. Usually worn by moderate to severe hearing loss patients, the technology is housed in the casing of these hearing aids, ensuring they rest comfortably behind the ear while the clear plastic acoustical tube sends the amplified sounds into a customized earmold that’s fitted inside the canal. Available in many different colors, they come with easy to use buttons and are highly discreet.
In the Canal (ITC)
ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features, such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.