Hearing is one of our five senses, and loss of one could make life difficult, it always difficult to deal with day to day activities because of this problem. There are two types of hearing aids available as of now to provide relief for people with hearing problems. They are ITE hearing aids and BTE hearing aids.
The styles available in ITE type of hearing aids
These hearing aids are fit into the ear but with an added feature of being very small and almost invisible to the outer world, they are known as IIC and CIC. These are fitted with tiny batteries and you have to carefully in taking them out and replacing them due to the size. Another problem is that these aids can get spoilt by the ear wax or moisture that may creep in time to time. You will not find manual controls or program buttons for such hearing aids. These hearing aids at the hearing aids Kelowna clinic cater to mild to moderate hearing loss of a person.
ITE hearing aids
The ITE hearing aids are fitted into the outer part of ear bowl, though visible to the outer world they are the most comfortable to use. They are a little larger than the above mentioned hearing aids. They have longer battery life and help cater to a wider ranger of hearing loss problems. It is also fitted with directional microphones which enable the user to hear in a noisy environment. The volumes too can be adjusted to the suitability of the user.
Low profile hearing aids
The low profile hearing aids are people who want to have more control over their hearing aids and cannot deal with smaller ones due to dexterity issues. They find that all the control buttons, program change, volume and microphone direction operations are easier due to the larger size and more battery power to can be obtained. They can be seen in half shell or fully occupying the outer ear type of pieces.
Mild to moderate hearing loss patients opt for the mini BTE with the slim fit tube. Here the aid is smaller but on the outer ear with a tiny tube fitted into the ear canal which is comfortable and feels non intrusive to sound and air circulation in the ear. Persons with higher degree of hearing loss opt for more occluding ear tips to get better sound.
The other kind of hearing aids has only the receiver in the ear where the battery and the controls of the body are behind the ear. The receiving part can malfunction due to the moisture, ear wax etc, but this can be sorted out by the centre where you got it fitted.
BIT ear-mould type hearing aids are usually used for children and they are made in such a way that it is in the shape of the outer ear and fit all sizes. Since all the controls are in the outer section it is better for reprogramming, and will not be affected either by moisture or ear wax.