If you heard these words: stylish designs, accessible and functional, what springs to mind? A clothing range, new shoes? It’s actually how we describe hearing aids here at Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology.
Hearing aids don’t carry the same stigma they used to; in fact, they’ve evolved to be fashionable accessories. With new designs available it’s important to know which is right for you.
Get professional advice
It important to always consult your Audiologist before making a decision. A professional will be able to recommend the right hearing aid for you based on:
- Your level of hearing loss
- Your aesthetic preferences
- Your lifestyle needs
- Your budget
What types are available?
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) – A hearing aid so small, It’s barely visible
Fantastic for the style-conscious wearer with mild to moderate hearing loss, these are practically invisible when worn. They are inserted further into the ear canal than other styles, so, for optimum comfort and hygiene, ensure you remove them daily.
Completely-In-Canal (CIC) – A very small ‘handle’ visible
With a small handle just peeping out, these aids are easy to insert and remove from the ear canal, even for those of you who struggle with ‘fiddly’ tasks. Available in a range of colors, these custom-made hearing aids are a good choice for those of you with mild to moderate hearing loss.
In-The-Canal (ITC) – Discreet and natural
These skin colored, easy to insert hearing aids are suited to those with mild to mildly severe hearing loss. Patients will benefit from a custom-fit design making these natural looking hearing aids the perfect option for someone whose hearing is diminishing at a steady pace.
In-The-Ear (ITE) – Aids that fit within the outer portion of the ear
Providing maximum hearing coverage and comfort, patients with mildly severe to severe hearing loss can benefit from choosing the ITE hearing aids. With their sleek design and range of colors, these custom-made hearing aids can be matched to your skin tone, allowing you to wear them with confidence.
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) –Perfect for many first-time hearing aid wearers
Discreet and barely visible when worn, the RIC hearing aid provides a comfortable fit, perfect for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. The RIC is an instrument in which the receiver is placed inside the ear canal. It uses thin electrical wires to reduce distortion, giving you hearing confidence. Perfect if you’re a first time hearing aid wearer.
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) – The most common hearing aid style
This discreet, easy to use design is recognized by many as the most common hearing aid design. Suitable for those with moderate to severe hearing loss, these hearing aids comfortably rest behind the ear sending amplified sounds to the custom-made earmold inside the ear canal.
Ready to take the next step?
Here at Big Thicket Hearing & Audiology, we strive to make hearing care and hearing aid devices accessible to everyone in the Big Thicket communities. We stock a wide range of device types, brands and models to suit every budget and hearing loss need.
Not only that, we’re offering a complimentary hearing test to new customers who book a hearing test throughout November. So what do you have to lose? Give us a call on (409) 227-0284 or click here to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Joni Ruiz is the owner and Doctor of Audiology at Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology. She earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009 from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Selected for a prestigious fourth-year externship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ruiz has more than ten years’ experience as an Audiologist. She has a heart for patient-centered care. At her hearing care practice, she performs comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluations, provides aural rehabilitation to her patients and their loved ones, dispenses state of the art hearing aids, and manages the care of said devices for their life. Dr. Ruiz is dedicated to patient education regarding hearing loss, hearing protection, and hearing aid selection.