There is no single style of hearing instrument(s) in today’s market place which is the perfect solution for each individual person. Differing degrees and types of hearing loss, lifestyles, associated symptoms, budgets, current technologies, color and other personal preferences all combine to have a significant influence on which hearing instruments offer the best personalized solution for each individual. For that reason, hearing instruments are made in many technological styles and sleek ergonomic designs to address the individual needs of every person. ihearingaids will help narrow down your search to find the hearing instrument which is best for you. The most common styles of hearing instruments include:
Recommended for the broadest range of hearing loss, BTE’s typically provide improved hearing and improved communicative capabilities.
Battery size is generally larger resulting in longer battery life. These hearing instruments often yield a sustained period of reasonably stable performance with a useful life expectancy of 5-
(Average retail prices, including service, typically range from $1,200.00 to $3,800.00 each)
There is a thin tube (or narrow tube) variation of the BTE, which is fit more typically only for specific types of hearing loss (typically extreme high frequency losses). As such, they are not recommended for everyone. Often such hearing instruments are merely masquerading as the more highly desired and effective RITE (Receiver-
Caution is therefore recommended when these are offered.
However, it is there that the similarities to BTE’s end. This newest state-
This newest technological advancement allows for a more practical open fit in-
The “open ear fitting” also provides for the natural “inclusion of sound” by including the desired natural sounds and speech that exist in your world. This inclusive technology results in a more brilliant reproduction of sounds that you have lost, and seek to regain as you remember them. Earlier hearing instruments all “exclude” the natural sounds and speech you want to hear by limiting you to only the sounds that come through its amplifier.
These are currently the most popular instruments for both patient and hearing professional alike. Their smaller ergonomic styles, shapes, sizes and technological capabilities make them typically the easiest and most effective hearing instrument products to fit, operate and maintain. As a result the wearer quickly experiences this revitalized real world sound connectivity, and can expect more trouble free use and longevity.
Battery size is sufficiently large resulting in longer battery life. These hearing instruments often yield a sustained period of reasonably stable performance with a useful life expectancy of 5-
Recommended for the broadest range of hearing loss and typically provides the most beneficial improved hearing and communicative capabilities for the greatest longevity.
(Average retail prices, including service, typically range from $1,900.00 to $5,200.00 each)
Battery size is larger resulting in longer battery life. These hearing instruments often yield a sustained period of reasonably stable performance with a useful life expectancy of 5-
(Average retail prices, including service, typically range from $1,400.00 to $4,800.00 each)
The ITC’s are typically much smaller than the larger full shell ITE’s allowing for slightly less cosmetic visibility, and reasonably easy fitting, cautious operation, careful manipulation and attentive maintenance. Users of these devices may also notice increased challenges with dexterity. Due to its smaller size, batteries tend to also be smaller with typically less battery life.
The smaller size and capabilities of the ITC’s may also increase the possibility of greater unwanted occlusion (i.e. echo/fullness) and persistent feedback. The latter issues becomes much more troublesome as time after the initial fitting goes by. Smaller volume controls and other cramped switches may also contribute to greater difficulties with operation, dexterity and manipulation and more frequent required attentive maintenance.
These hearing instruments often yielding a similar duration of reasonably stable usage within a 5-
Not recommended for people with moderate-
(Average retail prices, including service, typically range from $1,900.00 to $4,800.00 each)
As detailed above for the ITC hearing instrument family, these even smaller more discreet in-
Smaller battery size, stubborn maintenance, increased repairs, remakes, difficult manipulation and a bevy of associated operational problems due to feedback, fullness, occlusion, etc. deriving from ear canal size, wax, etc., make this style one of the most challenging and often most frustrating styles to fit, wear and manage peacefully or successfully.
Battery size is smaller resulting in much shorter battery life (e.g. days not weeks). These hearing instruments often have limited longevity, requiring periodic replacement within a 1-
These hearing instruments are often the most difficult to fit and typically more expensive, and often sold principally for purposes of cosmetic sensitivities, rather than preferred acoustic or performance superiority.
Appropriately recommended only for people with mild to mildly moderate hearing losses.
(Average retail prices, including service, typically range from $2,100.00 to $5,200.00 each)
IIC Deep Canal Hearing Instruments – Currently NOT recommended by ihearingaids
Mild to moderate hearing losses
Very small case
Fits inside the ear canal, making it practically invisible
Size prevents the use of directional microphones
Mild to moderately severe hearing losses
Small, one piece case
Fits inside the ear canal
Directional microphones are possible with this model
Mild to severe hearing losses
Fits inside the ear canal and is partially visible
Moderate to severe hearing loss
Most variably sized in-
Typically with larger, longer lasting battery to accommodate larger hearing losses
Most visible, but can be fit comfortably and cosmetically contoured to the shape of the outer ear
Directional microphones, volume control, programming and most wireless options are possible with this model.
Mild to severe hearing losses
Fully featured hearing instruments
Larger case can be easier for wearers with dexterity considerations
Case contains all features and sits behind the ear
Many color options
Profound hearing losses
More powerful solutions that provide the greatest levels of amplification
Larger case worn behind the ear
Mild to moderate losses
Ear canal is open for a natural sound quality
Smallest external instrument, as the receiver is located in the end of the tube inside the ear
Very small case that fits behind the ear, making it practically invisible