Oticon hearing aids

Hearing Aid Styles

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BTE  Behind the ear hearing aidBTE no background

BTE – Behind The Ear hearing aid. Here the electronics are housed in a case behind the ear. Tubing and a custom made mould or ear tip direct sound in to the ear canal.  Over the years they have become smaller.  Larger ones though can accommodate a larger battery an d amplifier, making them ideal for people who require more power.

RIC  Receiver In Canal hearing aidRIC No background
RIC – Receiver In the Canal hearing aid.  These are a smaller version of the BTE that have the
speaker unit of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of the main body of the
hearing instrument.  As a result, the housing that fits behind the ear can be made very small,
meaning that these instruments can create some of the most discreet solutions on the market
today, as the picture shows.  They can also create a more open fitting enabling the user to
use more of their natural hearing with a less blocked off/enclosed feeling.

ITE  Full Shell hearing aidITE no background
ITE – In The Ear hearing aid.  All the components are housed in a custom shell that fits snuggly in
the visible part of the ear.  ITEs are easier to insert than smaller custom products whichmakes
them ideal for people with dexterity problems.  They often take a larger battery which makes
maintenance and battery changing easier.

ITC In The Canal hearing aidITC no background
ITC – In The Canal hearing aid.  Again all the components are housed within the custom shell which
fits in the lower portion of the outer ear.  They have a slightly smaller batter than their ITE
counterparts, but still provide a comfortable cosmetic solution for those wanting a hearing aid
in the ear, which doesn’t interfere with glasses, hats etc.

CIC Completely In Canal hearing aidCIC no background
CIC – Completely In the Canal hearing aid.  The components are again housed within a tiny custom
shell that fits snuggly in to the entrance of the ear canal.  This provides a great cosmetic
solution with the instrument being nearly invisible when worn.  Because of their size they are
not suitable with those who have dexterity problems.  In addition they use a much smaller
battery, which have a much reduced battery life.

IIC Invisible In canal hearing aidIIC no background
IIC – Invisible In the Canal hearing aid.  This is like the CIC but fits deeper in to the canal, providing
the ultimate in discretion and invisiblity when it comes to hearing aids.  As a consequence the
IIC products are only suitable for between 15%-20% of people, either due to the size of their
ear canal or other physical constraints.

Spectacle hearing aids, spec aidsSHA no background
SHA – Spectacle Hearing Aid.  Ideal for people who do not like wearing something in their ear due
to choice or physical restrictions.  They are discreet and have a dual functionality of improving
your hearing whilst correcting your vision.  This type of product is not suitable for everyone
and we would advise a hearing assessment to discuss suitability.