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Range of Hearing Aid Styles

No one hearing aid will work for everyone. Patients will tell me, “my friend wears this certain device and does well, so I would like the same one”. You and your friend might share in having hearing loss, but you do not have the same hearing loss, nor the same hearing preferences. Can you wear your friend’s eyeglasses? No. Those glasses fit that person’s prescription and eyes. The same goes for hearing aids.

Hearing is as personal as your fingerprint. No two people have the exact same hearing loss; therefore, I work hard to recommend a proper hearing solution and program your exact hearing prescription and preferences.

Oticon has created a wide portfolio of hearing solutions to help every type of hearing loss and for every budget.

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Summary of Hearing Aid Styles

StyleAdvantagesDisadvantages
Style:IIC or CICAdvantages:
  • • Cosmetic appeal
  • • Acoustic transparency
Disadvantages:
  • • Most susceptible to moisture damage
  • • Small size can be a problem for dexterity
Style:ITCAdvantages:
  • • Cosmetic appeal
  • • Bigger battery and more features than IIC or CIC
Disadvantages:
  • • Susceptible to moisture damage
  • • More occlusion, making wearers feel plugged up
Style:Low profileAdvantages:
  • • Larger size easier to insert and remove
  • • Accommodates more features and user controls
Disadvantages:
  • • Less cosmetically appealing
  • • More occlusion, making wearers feel plugged up
Style:Mini BTEAdvantages:
  • • Cosmetic appeal
  • • Less occlusion
Disadvantages:
  • • Small size can be a problem for dexterity
Style:RITE or RICAdvantages:
  • • Cosmetic appeal
  • • Less occlusion
  • • Speaker can be replaced in professional's office
Disadvantages:
  • • Small size can be a problem for dexterity
  • • Speaker is susceptible to moisture damage
Style:BTE and earmoldAdvantages:
  • • Fits all degrees of hearing loss
  • • Custom-fit earmold can be replaced independently
  • • Less susceptible to moisture damage
Disadvantages:
  • • More occlusion, making wearers feel plugged up
  • • Potential space limitations for eyeglass wearers

*Info from www.healthyhearing.com

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