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Goodyear, AZ 85338

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Hearing Aid Styles
 

Freedom Audiology offers all the latest styles of hearing aids on the market today. Recommended hearing aid styles are dependent on type of hearing loss and lifestyle. 

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)

RIC hearing aids, also referred to as receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids are the most popular style of current hearing aid users and offer some of the most programming flexibility for audiologist.  RIC hearing aids are especially good for patients who have normal hearing in some pitches (usually low pitches or bass notes) and any degree of hearing impairment in other pitch ranges (usually higher pitches or sharp notes).  The receiver (speaker) of a RIC hearing aid rests comfortably in the ear canal of the patient. The receiver can be coupled to soft-tipped domes or even custom earmolds, depending on severity of hearing and individual ear anatomy.  These devices can easily connect to smartphones for easy hands-free phone calls and media streaming. The can also house a Telecoil (T-Coil) and connect other hearing aid accessories as well. RIC hearing aids are currently the only style of hearing aid with rechargeable batteries.  

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

IIC hearing aids are by far the most discreet hearing aids available.  Invisible from any angle, these aids are custom fit for the patient’s canal and are made with a titanium shell.  

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

Although they are not as discreet looking as IIC hearing aids, CIC hearing aids are easier to insert/remove and can treat a broader range of hearing losses.  This style device can also be paired to hearing aid accessories such as TV streamers, remote microphones, and cell phones. CIC hearing aids are especially good and reducing wind-noise and providing better directionality of sounds by using natural acoustics of the patient’s outer ear/pinna.

Half-Shell Custom Hearing Aid

Although they are not as discreet looking as IIC hearing aids, CIC hearing aids are easier to insert/remove and can treat a broader range of hearing losses.  This style device can also be paired to hearing aid accessories such as TV streamers, remote microphones, and cell phones. CIC hearing aids are especially good and reducing wind-noise and providing better directionality of sounds by using natural acoustics of the patient’s outer ear/pinna.

Full-Shell Custom Hearing Aid

Full-shell hearing aids are the easiest style of custom, in the ear hearing aid, to insert and remove.  The can treat severe hearing loss and offer extended battery life when compared to smaller custom device models.  

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

BTE hearing aids are usually fit on pediatrics as well as adult patients who have more severe/profound hearing loss.  BTE hearing aids can provide more power than RIC hearing aids, especially in the lower frequencies/pitches. This style of hearing aid should always be coupled to a custom-fitted earmold.  Although, BTE hearing aids often require more interval maintenance, they typically have larger batteries and can last from 7-14 days before needing to change the battery. BTE hearing aids can connect to phone and accessories just like RIC hearing aids.