Types of hearing aids
A. Completely In the Canal (CIC)
Today’s smallest hearing aid, this style is the least visible unless someone peers into your ear to see. CIC aids are popular for their aesthetic appeal, but the physiology of some individuals’ ears (i.e., a very narrow canal) may make this style unsuitable for them.
B. In the Canal (ITC)
In-the-canal (ITC) aids are smaller still, with an earmold that fits down into the ear canal, and a smaller portion facing out into the outer ear. They are discreet, yet still visible within the outer ear.
C. In the ear (ITE)
In-the-ear (ITE) aids house components in a custom-formed earmold that fits within the outer portion of the ear. Its size and easy-to-use controls also may be helpful for those with limited manual dexterity.
D. Behind the ear (BTE)
This aid device has two parts. A case that houses the technology component that rests behind the ear and another part where the case connects to a plastic tubing to a custom-made earmould that directs the amplified sound into the ear.
E. Open Fit
Open fit technology is a recent development in digital hearing aid technology that is proving to be very popular with certain types of hearing aid users. They have been specifically designed to provide a discreet and natural sounding solution for people with moderate and particularly to high frequency hearing loss (Lack of clarity rather than volume). They are not particularly suited to people that have lost lots of volume with their hearing loss.
Open fit technology (on the ear, OTE, RITE) is typically a small stylish digital hearing device that sits behind the top of the ear. This unit is then attached to a thin slender fitted tube that locates into the ear canal and is held in place with a flexible silicone or custom made tip. These tips are normally fitted with large vents to allow as much natural sound into the ear as possible whilst still presenting amplification where its needed in a very targeted way. Due to the size of these devices they tend to be fitted with no controls, this means they are cosmetically virtually invisible and very easy to use.
This type of device overcomes some of the traditional problems encountered by hearing aid users with moderate / high frequency hearing loss, such as their own voice sounding strange, an echo effect to the sounds that they hear, and the time it can take for the ear to become used to the feel of an ‘in the ear’ hearing aid. (They are so light and comfortable you should be able to forget you are wearing this type of device almost immediately.)
F. Bluetooth Technology
The Bluetooth LoopSet enables hearing aid users to avoid interference from the mobile phone by removing the phone to “safe” distance from the hearing aid. In a time of a call a signal from the mobile phone is wirelessly sent to the Bluetooth LoopSet, it gets processed, cleared and amplified and then send to the user’s hearing aid.
The hearing aid processes the signal once again and adjusts it to the user’s personal level.
The Bluetooth technology also allows the hearing aid to be linked with other devices like TV, ipod, MP3s etc.
At CENTAS, we work closely with our hearing care provider to provide custom, concise solutions for our patients. Their wide range of brands and products ensure unlimited choice of solutions to meet your needs using state of the art technology.
Hearing aids can be ready in 24 hours for urgent cases and the products come with 2 years full product warranty. For those who are unsure on the suitability of the products, short term trial can be provided until they are sure on their purchase.
Book an appointment with HealthSense Specialist Dr. YT Pang to look at your ENT problems and get cured.