Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and sizes.

A hearing aid is not a simple sound amplifier. Instead, it is a complex medical device with technology that can be programmed by an audiologist to meet your hearing needs. While hearing aids do not restore your hearing to “normal,” they can improve your hearing and listening abilities, reducing embarrassment, social stress, tension and fatigue. If you have a hearing loss, a licensed audiologist can determine the best type and model of hearing aid that is appropriate for your lifestyle and hearing needs.

Basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down or pushing a button to change listening programs.

In contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aid responds automatically to changes in the listener’s environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of the technology increases in hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.

The Hearing Center at Eye Consultants of Atlanta offers various hearing aid styles, including:

Invisible Hearing Aids

Our discreet invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid offers a secure fit and advanced noise-processing technology, making it ideal for life on the go.

  • Secure fit for an active lifestyle
  • Sits deeper in canal, reducing “plugged up” feeling
  • Functionally invisible

Our invisible-in-the-canal hearing system packs clarity and power into the tiniest of packages — hearing aids so small, they will only be noticed if someone knows you’re wearing them. Look, feel, and hear your best with devices that help you fully perform the activities you love.

These invisible devices offer the most advanced sound-processing and noise-reduction technology, meaning you’re ready for all situations. Your invisible system will do all the work for you in adjusting to whatever environment you’re in, allowing you to pay attention to the people and things you really care about — not the hearing aids you’re wearing. Invisible-in-the-canal devices are available for all but the most severe degrees of hearing loss

The perfect candidate for these hearing aids will have a mild-to-moderate hearing loss with plenty of room in your ear to fit all the hearing aid components. They are custom-fitted and come in a variety of colors (mostly skin tones). Since they are so small, they usually fit deeper in the ear canal, making them the most discreet custom option and often times making them invisible when being worn. This is a huge plus for the style-conscious wearer.

Completely-in-Canal

Sleek and subtle, this completely-in-the-canal technology is molded to the contours of your ear for a superior fit that offers a natural look and hearing experience.

  • Secure fit for an active lifestyle
  • Nearly invisible

Powerful, subtle, and customized to comfortably and snugly fit your ear canal, our completely-in-the-canal units are perfect for activity-filled days with friends and family. Completely-in-the-canal devices come equipped with external switches that give the user even more control over hearing.

For those with treatable hearing loss, completely-in-the-canal devices are among the least visible hearing aid types. Sitting deeper in the canal allows these units to provide clear sound with less wind interference, meaning you get a more natural hearing experience.

The perfect candidate for these hearing aids will have a mild-to-moderate hearing loss with plenty of room in your ear to fit all the hearing aid components. Unlike the IICs, these are more easily inserted and extracted from your ear by the use of a small pull string attached to the hearing aid. These hearing aids are mostly invisible but hey can be seen if someone looks closely. They are also custom-fitted and come in a variety of colors (mostly skin tones).

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In-the-Ear

Our in-the-ear hearing aids are custom molded for you and are powerful and comfortable, allowing for all-day use.

  • Easiest style to wear and remove
  • Best battery-life expectancy
  • Customizable external control options for quick adjustments

Full-shell in-the-ear technology sits comfortably just outside the ear canal to provide powerful, clear sound for all degrees of treatable hearing loss. The full shell can be removed and adjusted with ease because it’s custom-molded to fit the unique contours of your ear, and it offers external switches that will make sound adjustments based on your environmental needs.

A dependable solution for a wide range of people, thanks to the combination of size, customizable switches, and color options, the full-shell in-the-ear also uses the largest batteries, for users who need clarity and power for a lengthier amount of time.

If you are someone who has greater than moderately severe hearing loss but still want a custom-fitted style hearing aids, these are the perfect fit for you. This custom style provides maximum hearing coverage and fits snugly and comfortably in the outer ear. Since they come in a variety of colors, they can be matched to your skin tone.

Behind-the-Ear

Our behind-the-ear technology puts you in control with customizable fit options, wireless connectivity, and easy volume control.

  • Battery life expectancy of up to 7 days
  • Equipped with the most programming options
  • The most versatile system, available in all technology levels

Our behind-the-ear units offer the most flexible, adaptable, and powerful technology available. Custom earmolds fit your outer ear and ear canal comfortably for all-day use, and the open-canal earpieces help prevent that “plugged up” feeling that some users experience.

Behind-the-ear units house the speaker and microphone inside the shell that sits snugly on the ear, while sound travels into the ear canal via acoustic tubing. These devices are among the most easily adjustable, with simple switches to quickly control volume and program settings that better match changes to your surroundings. These units are also available as miniature versions.

This is the style and design that most people think of when they hearing the words “hearing aids.” This style is usually for the greater hearing losses (moderately severe-to-profound). All of the technological components are housed in the body of the hearing aid that sits behind the ear. It is usually coupled with some clear, plastic acoustic tubing and a custom-fitted ear mold for maximum benefit. They are available in a variety of colors, making it easy to match skin tone, hair color or glasses frames.

Receiver-in-Canal

Reliable and convenient, the receiver-in-canal device has a lightweight feel and a flexible fit, and it is among our most popular systems.

  • Wireless Bluetooth® options available
  • Lightweight unit with comfortable earpieces
  • Open fitting makes for a more comfortable, natural sound
  • Among the most popular styles

With a comfortable, open-fit design that’s perfect for almost all types of hearing loss, our receiver-in-canal (RIC) devices make better hearing a breeze. Although the speaker and microphone are both located on the shell of RIC devices, the speaker is fed into the ear canal with a comfortable, flexible dome that allows sound to pass through the ear canal naturally. These open fittings reduce wind noise and feedback.

Although RIC devices sit behind the ear, the small, sleek design means that they’re barely visible when worn, and they help provide clear, confident communication. With RIC devices, hearing is as natural and effortless as possible.

These small and discreet hearing aids are able to fit a wide range of hearing losses, making nearly anyone a perfect candidate for these devices. The RIC hearing aid is a device in which the receiver (speaker) is the only hearing aid component that is in the ear canal. A thin electrical wire connects the speaker to the body hearing aid (where the other components are housed) which sits right behind the ear. While these are not “custom-fitted,” they are customizable in the sense that there are many parts we can manipulate to fit your specific hearing loss. They come in a variety of colors, making it easy to match skin tone, hair color or glasses frames. They are also Bluetooth compatible, making them perfect for anyone who wants to stream phone calls, music or videos from their phone to their hearing aids – who needs Air Pods?!

In-the-Canal

With a discreet, glasses-friendly fit and external controls, our in-the-canal technology is the perfect piece to complement your lifestyle.

  • Snug and comfortable fit
  • Best battery-life expectancy
  • External control options available
  • Custom molded to fit the unique contours of your ear

For those who prefer a more discreet hearing system, our in-the-canal style provides a comfortable better-hearing solution. In-the-canal systems are available for all types of treatable hearing loss and can be customized with external control options to meet your easy adjustment needs.

In-the-canal devices are easy to insert, easy to remove, and easy on your eyewear. Because they fit entirely in the ear canal, these devices won’t interfere with glasses, hats, or other headwear. And because they are custom molded just for your unique ear shape, they stay put — even when you’re on the move.

The perfect candidate for these hearing aids will have a mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss. These custom-fitted hearing aids are easy to insert and extract since the faceplate of the device sits further out when compared to the aforementioned styles. They come in a variety of skin toned colors to disguise the aids as part of your outer ear. These are a better fit for someone with greater than mild-to-moderate hearing loss or for someone whose hearing is dropping rapidly or steadily.

Explore your hearing aid options with our experienced team.

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