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This entry was posted on 12th October 2017 by Gary.
Over the ear hearing aids versus inside the ear hearing aids – which should you consider?
All hearing aids are designed with one common aim - to restore as much of your natural hearing as possible. The sound is amplified from your local environment, often with clever features to help eradicate background noise or feedback, so you can access a conversation or listen to music.
With so much choice it can be difficult to know where to begin when choosing a hearing aid. There are differences in price, amplification, ways in which hearing aids are worn and size to consider.
To help clarify things, we’ve done a comparison between two popular types of hearing device – over the ear (OTE) hearing aids versus the in the ear (ITE) models.
Over the ear hearing aids include Behind the Ear (BTE) and Receiver in the Ear (RITE) devices. RITE hearing aids are also called Receiver in the Canal (RIC) hearing aids.
The BTE, as its name suggests, is worn behind the ear, but is connected by a piece of tubing to an earmould that sits within the ear canal. They can also be fitted using thin tubing that ends in a small silicone dome. This style of BTE is often referred to as an open fit hearing aid. RIC and RITE models work in a similar way, the difference being that the receiver is worn within the canal or the ear. It is then connected via a wire rather than tubing to the rest of the aid worn over the ear, which tends to be smaller and more streamlined.
ITE hearing aids are usually custom-made for a particular ear and are designed to sit within your ear as opposed to outside of it. That said it is also possible to purchase a standard ‘one size fits all’ shell, which can render it a more affordable proposition. Suitable for those with a mild to severe hearing loss, there are different sizes to choose from:
Our online store is home to BTE, ITE, RIC devices. At HearingDirect.com, you find a collection of affordable hearing aids in different shapes, designs, and models.
The most basic device found on our website is the HD 91. It is also our cheapest hearing aid. Designed to please those who value simplicity, it does so without compromising on sound quality. The beauty of this hearing aid is you can put it in and then completely forget about it, leaving you free to get on with life. Also available are a number of mid-range models such as the HD 250 ITE, and the HD 210 BTE hearing aid.
For higher-spec devices, the HD 500 digital hearing aid and the HD 430 RIC are packed with some of the most up to date hearing aid technology on the market. Alternatively, for some added discretion, an invisible hearing aid may be more suitable.
If you want to learn more about this subject or would like to find out how HearingDirect can help you, feel free to contact us for more useful tips and guidance.
This entry was posted in Hearing Aids, Hearing Information, Hearing Loss and tagged hearing aids on 12th October 2017 by Gary.
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