What are the different types of hearing aids?
A hearing aid has different components
1.) Microphones – pick up the sound from the environment
2.) Mini-chip – processes the sound according to individual hearing needs
3.) Receiver – delivers the sound
4.) Battery – powers the hearing aid
5.) Program switch/ Volume control
These components can be found in almost all hearing aids. Depending on where and how the hearing aid is worn, most hearing aids can be categorized into these main types.
There are three basic types: Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids, Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids. The type that is right for you depends on your hearing impairment and on the anatomy of your ear, as well as on your personal preferences in regards to technology and design.
In this short series, we will tell you more about these different types of hearing aids.
Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids
Receiver-in-canal or RIC hearing aids are worn behind the ear and are especially small because, unlike BTEs and ITE’s, their receiver is outside of the hearing aid housing, and sits directly in the ear canal. The so-called miniReceivers are available in different sizes for different levels of amplification. RICs can be quickly and easily adjusted and provide a high degree of wearing comfort, and discretion.
This makes RICs ideal for wearers who would like a solution that is powerful, technologically advanced, yet small and discreet.
Take a look at the following photographs. Our model is wearing the latest Ace hearing aid. Can you spot it?