Comparisons among Different Types of Hearing Aids

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Is there any comparison among different types of hearing aids?

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The following are common hearing aid styles, beginning with the smallest, least visible in the ear. A completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid:
  • Is the smallest and least visible type;
  • Is less likely to pick up wind noise;
  • Uses very small batteries.
An in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid:
  • Is less visible in the ear than larger styles;
  • Includes features that won't fit on completely-in-the-canal aids, but may be difficult to adjust due to its small size.
An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid:
  • Uses a larger battery for longer battery life;
  • May pick up more wind noise than smaller devices;
  • Is more visible in the ear than smaller devices.
A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid:
  • Traditionally has been the largest type of hearing aid, though some newer mini designs are streamlined and barely visible;
  • Is capable of more amplification than are other styles.
A receiver-in-canal (RIC) or receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aid:
  • Has a less visible behind-the-ear portion.
An open-fit hearing aid:
  • Is less visible;
  • Doesn't plug the ear like the small in-the-canal hearing aids do, making your own voice sound better to you;
  • May be more difficult to handle and adjust due to small parts.
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