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Hearing Aid Types and Styles

We offer a full range of modern digital hearing aids at our clinics across Melbourne, they come in the different types and styles; from fully subsidised for eligible Pensioners and Veterans to premium devices with highly advanced technology,.

Today’s hearing aids are discreet, effective and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. We offer a full range of hearing aid styles ranging from behind the ear to completely in the ear.

Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC)

The smallest and most discrete custom-made hearing aid, designed to fit deep into the ear canal making it almost invisible.

Although cosmetically very appealing, there are several limitations, such as:

  • Only limited technology can be included, as the CICs are so small.
  • They are difficult to manage and manipulate.
  • Battery life is short.
  • The hearing aid has no controls.
  • The aids have to be fairly tight to decrease the chance of feedback (whistling), which may lead to comfort issues, occlusion and excessive wax build-up.
  • As they are more expose to wax and moisture in the ear canal, may need more frequent repairs.
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In-The-Canal (ITC)

ITC hearing aids are slightly bigger than CICs and only occupy a sufficiently small portion of the ear, rather than the complete cavity. Advantages of ITC are that they are small in size and less noticeable than In-The-Ear, and they may still include some advanced features. However, it is not a good option for people with dexterity and vision problems.

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In-The-Ear (ITE)

ITEs are the most visible custom made hearing aids which are designed to fit within the outer portion of the ear.These hearing aids are easier to manage for some users with dexterity compare to CICs and ITCs. They have a longer battery life (due to larger size batteries) and also the potential to include advanced features.

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Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are the most common style that have two parts, the hearing aid that rests behind the ear and attached to a custom-made ear mould that sits into the ear. The earmould is made specific for the shape of the user’s ears.

BTEs have many benefits compare to custom-made hearing aids. They are:

  • Comfortable,
  • Durable,
  • Easy to manage
  • More powerful and
  • Often include more features.

This style is designed for a wide range of hearing loss from mild to profound and can be best option when wearer has some dexterity problem.

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Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE)

They are also called Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) which is the most widely recommended hearing aid style. These hearing aids are similar to the BTE hearing aids with one crucial difference, the RITE hearing aid speaker is inside the ear canal. The speaker delivers sound right to the ear canal results in providing the most natural sound quality.

Other advantages of RITEs compare to BTE hearing aids are:

  • More discrete
  • Less occlusion problem
  • Better sound localization
  • Better speech recognition in noisy situations

These are the newest style of hearing aids available and have become increasingly popular over the last few years.

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Bone conductors

Bone conductor hearing aids are a special device that amplifies the sound and transmits it through a bone conductor that is worn on the mastoid bone behind the ear. This aid then vibrates the inner ear directly, bypassing the entire middle ear pathway. This bone conductor hearing aid is only recommended when an ear mould cannot be worn or when a conventional hearing aid is considered unsuitable.

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