Signia RIC hearing aid
There are several types of hearing aids that vary according to the user’s aesthetic preferences, daily needs, budget and degree of disability.
Behind-the-ear aids: the compartment slides behind the earlobe. The sound is routed from a microphone on the compartment to the ear canal, via a silicone tube connected to an open-fit end or via a wire connected to a microphone inserted in the ear canal (RIC). These devices are visible but are appreciated for their power and sturdiness. There is also a sub-category, mini BTEs, which are smaller but less powerful than standard BTEs.
Phonak CIC hearing aid
In-the-ear aid: these are custom molded and placed directly in the ear canal.
- ITE (in the ear): these are visible in the ear, easy to handle and have a low risk of being damaged. They are well-suited for people with severe hearing loss or patients looking for an easy-to-use and less fragile device.
- ITC (in the canal): these hearing aids are more discreet than the previous ones but have a smaller battery with a shorter battery life. These devices are very powerful but they are more visible than CICs and IICs.
- CIC (completely in the canal): these devices are manufactured according to the patient’s ear mold and fit completely inside the ear canal. They are discreet and powerful, however they are very fragile.
- IIC (invisible in the canal): these devices are placed even deeper in the ear, a few millimeters from the eardrum. They are completely invisible and just as fragile.
Thank you for your advice that hearing aids will last longer if they are only worn for around 8 hours a day. My mother seems to be losing her hearing. Yesterday, I specifically noticed that I was having to repeat myself and talk louder. I wonder if we should look into hearing aids and get medical advice on how to improve her hearing.
I lost my hearing capacity about a month ago; that’s why I’m considering to purchase a hearing aid. Luckily you were able to share this; it’s interesting to learn that an ITE aid is best suited for people who have intense hearing loss. I’m glad you were able to elaborate here that a hearing aid must be removed after seven hours.
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