Hearing instruments worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.
INVISIBLE IN-THE-CANAL (IIC)
The smallest custom style, IIC instruments, site invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.
The smallest custom style, CIC instruments, fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal as they’re nearly invisible when worn.
ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.
HALF SHELL (HS)
Half shell models fill half the bowl of the outer ear. Like ITC models, their size enables the addition of features such as directional microphones, volume controls, and push buttons to activate special settings for different listening environments. Because of their size, they may be easier than smaller models to handle for some people and yet are still often disguised by hairstyles or sideburns. This hearing aid style looks similar to the ITC hearing instrument when worn on the ear, but is slightly larger.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print, and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types, and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.
MINI BTE WITH SLIM TUBE AND TIP
Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear, and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild to moderate high frequency losses
RECEIVER IN THE EAR (RITE)
RITE models, also known as RIC (receiver-in-canal) models, are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.
BTE WITH EARMOLD
BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. Their longer shape, following the contour behind the outer ear, generally can house more features, controls, and power than custom models. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.
At Hearing Health Center we offer a wide variety of hearing instruments and hearing products to you. We offer hearing instruments with cutting edge technology to better help those with hearing loss understand in any environment. We want to provide products that best fit your needs. We offer all levels of technology to fit all lifestyles and budgets!
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During the summer months of high heat and humidity, you should use a hearing instrument dryer. This keeps the electronic components and batteries free of moisture from the air and/or perspiration. Drying your hearing instrument nightly or a few times a week will help your hearing instrument last longer and will help you hear more clearly as well.
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HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR BATTERIES LAST?
The truth is, there is no exact answer that will work for every person and situation. Essentially each person has a unique hearing lost “fingerprint.” No two fingerprints are exactly alike, therefore, no one person will have the exact same battery life as another. Factors that affect battery life include:
Hearing Loss – As severity of loss increases, increased amplification is required. This causes an increase in the current, which reduces battery life. The more severe hearing loss a person has, the shorter their battery life.
Individual hearing instrument usage – How long do you wear your hearing instruments daily? The more you wear your hearing instruments, the more you will use the batteries.
The hearing instrument itself – The more advanced the instrument technology is, the more power is required.
Humidity – As humidity is reduced, batteries may dry out reducing battery life.
Temperature – As temperatures drop, battery voltage is lowered, which will reduce battery life.
Altitude – As altitude increases, the percentage of oxygen in the air is reduced, lowering the hearing instrument battery voltage.
Store batteries at room temperature. They should not be carried loose in your purse or pocket. If they come in contact with metal objects they can short out, leak, or even rupture.
Zinc air batteries use air as a source of power. The tab provides a seal that ensures freshness until the battery is ready for use. To activate the battery, simply remove the tab, wait one minute to allow the air to activate the battery, then insert the battery into the hearing instrument.
Just like fresh vegetables are better than canned, a fresh battery is better than an aged one. When batteries sit on a shelf or in a warehouse, they slowly lose their energy.
We rotate our batteries every two weeks and order new ones monthly. Feel free to call and order your batteries today. We will even mail them to you! Are you always getting stuck while you’re out with no batteries? Ask for a battery holder! It holds two batteries at a time for your convenience while on the go.