Which Type Of Hearing Aid Is Right For You?
INVISIBLE IN CANAL (IIC) AND COMPLETELY IN CANAL (CIC)
IN THE CANAL (ITC) AND FULL SHELL (FS)
RECEIVER IN-EAR (RIC)
RIC models are mini BTEs that have the instrument's speaker incorporated in the ear tip instead of in the main body of the device.
RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses.
LONG TERM WEAR INVISIBLE (LYRIC)
How to choose the right hearing aid style?
- The type/degree of the hearing loss
- Power requirements
- Manual dexterity and visual abilities
- Cosmetics and aesthetics
- Anatomical and medical considerations
- Lifestyle requirements
Are Assistive Listening Devices the Solution?
Loop (IL) transmission or other transmission method.
FM systems use radio signals to transmit amplified sounds up to 300 feet. They’re useful in many public places such as classrooms, where the instructor wears a small microphone connected to a transmitter and the student listens via a worn receiver, which is tuned to a specific frequency or channel.
IR systems use infrared light to transmit sound. Unlike IL or FM systems, an IR system signal can’t pass through walls. It’s particularly useful in courtrooms, where confidential information is often discussed, and in buildings where competing signals can be a problem, such as classrooms or movie theaters. However, infrared systems can’t be used in environments with too many competing light sources, such as outdoors or in strongly lit rooms.
Personal amplifiers are useful in places where ALDs aren’t available or when you’re watching TV, being outdoors or traveling in a car. About the size of a cell phone, personal amplifiers increase sound levels and reduce background noise for a listener. Some have directional microphones that can be angled toward a speaker or other source of sound. As with other ALDs, listeners wear a receiver, either as a headset or earbuds, which picks up the amplified sound.