Behind the ear hearing aids
Behind the ear hearing aids consist of two parts; the device which is located behind the ear, and an extended part that goes inside the ear. There are 2 main types of behind the ear hearing aids:
1. Receiver in the ear (RITE) hearing aids
It is also known as receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aids. In this type, the receiver is located inside the ear whilst the rest of the device is behind the ear.
RITE hearing aids pros:
- It can come with rechargeable batteries.
- It can usually be connected to phones.
- You can replace the receiver if it is damaged or if you needed a more powerful one.
- It is comfortable.
RITE hearing aids cons:
- Moisture and earwax can damage the speaker.
- It is noticeable if the hair is short.
- It can cause a wax build-up.
2. Behind the ear with earmold
There are a lot of styles and types of behind the ear with earmold hearing aids. It is almost similar to RITE hearing aids. The difference is that the receiver is not in the ear.
Behind the ear hearing aid with earmold is one of the oldest types of hearing aids and has many advantages, such as:
- It can be used to improve severe hearing losses.
- It has large batteries so it has a long battery life.
- It is large, making it harder to be lost.
- It can come with more connection options.
There are some disadvantages as well:
- It more visible.
- It can fall if you have an active lifestyle.
- Moisture can damage the mold.
- The earmold can give a feeling of plugging up.
In the ear hearing aids
This type of hearing aids is fixed in the outer ear with a small part within the canal. All of the parts of the in the ear (ITE) hearing aids are inside the ear. This hearing aid type is used to improve hearing for patients with mild to severe hearing loss.
ITE hearing aids advantages:
- They fit the ear well, providing good sound quality.
- They are not visible.
ITE hearing aids disadvantages:
- They can be damaged with earwax and moisture.
- They cannot help with high frequencies hearing loss.
- They are not to be used for children.
Completely in the canal hearing aids
Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids are small and meant to be hidden inside your ear canal. They are used to help patients who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss.
CIC hearing aids pros:
- They are invisible inside the ear.
- They need less energy.
- They do not amplify wind sound.
CIC hearing aids cons:
- They have smaller batteries.
- The mic can be blocked by earwax.
- You cannot control the sound manually.
Different types of hearing aids