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What are the styles present with hearing aid devices?

Based on the hearing loss level, aesthetic preferences, budget and lifestyle need, your professional will recommend a type or style of hearing aid. The style, color, invisibility, metallic finishes vary based on the type of aid that a person choose or gets as recommendation. The various types and style present with hearing aids are

  • Open fit

This device comes with a thin tube that keeps the style within the ear canal open and allowing low frequency sounds to enter within the ear naturally. Also allowing high frequency sounds to get amplified within the aid. This style is suitable for people who have mild to moderate hearing loss. The hearing aid is less visible and it does not plug within ear like a small in the canal hearing aid. It will make the voice sound better in the process. It is more difficult to handle and is easy to adjust in the process with small parts assembly.

  • Completely in canal (CIC)

It is designed to fit inside the ear canal and it supports mild to moderate hearing loss with adults. It is the smallest and minute device that is invisible type. This has noise reduction capacity that unlikely pick up wind noise. The device uses small batteries and it has shorter life that is difficult to handle. The device does not have extra features like volume control or directional microphone. It has the susceptible clogging speaker.

  • In the canal (ITC)

The in the canal hearing aids Melbourne is customized to fit partly in the ear canal. This style improves the moderate level hearing loss. It is less visible within ear and is larger in style. It has all the features similar to in the canal option but it is difficult to adjust within size. Earwax clogging within the speaker is found in the device.

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  • In the ear (ITE)

The hearing aid is customized to make up in two styles. One is half shell and the other is full shell. The product mostly fills bowl shaped area of outer ear is full shell and the one that fill lower part is half shell. Both the types are helpful with mild to severe hearing loss options. In the ear hearing aid includes the features that is not found with smaller devices like volume control. It is easy to handle and uses larger battery to longer life. When compared with smaller devices, it is supposed to pick up more wind noise. It is a visible device with earwax clogging to speaker.

  • Receiver in canal (RIC)

It is similar to behind the ear model with the speaker and receiver in the canal instead of spate tube to connect pieces.

  • Behind the ear (BTE)

It is the preferred style in most of the other types and it hooks over the top of ear and rests behind the ear. The tube is connected to hearing aid that helps in custom earpiece and ear mold to fit each individual type.