Before an Audiologist makes a recommendation on hearing aids, you will be required to undergo a comprehensive hearing assessment to ensure that your hearing loss is suitable for amplification and that any medical concerns have been addressed.
When selecting a ‘style’ of hearing device, the following needs to be taken into consideration:
- The degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
- The size, shape and health of your ear(s)
- Manual dexterity & visual abilities
- Your daily activities and lifestyle
- Your preferences – style, size, colour, controls and features
Hearing aid technology covers a wide variety of devices designed to optimise your hearing ability. This includes premium hearing devices with added functionality, across all styles and brands. The cost of a hearing device is mainly determined by the complexity of the digital sound processing features available in the different technology levels.
So, depending on your specific need (noise reduction, microphone automation, wind reduction, telephone programs, bluetooth connection, rechargeable options, and so on) our audiologist is up to date with the latest technology. The audiologist is qualified to make recommendations based on your hearing test results and hearing goals.
Styles of hearing aids we offer
Hearing aid styles come with varying degrees of technological sophistication and compatible accessories. Please take note that not all styles are suitable for all types and degrees of hearing loss. Our audiologist will recommend a hearing device based on your individual needs and hearing loss. The cost of hearing devices generally depends on the technology level that is built into the device and not based on the actual style.
Another page on our site discusses which hearing device style is right for you in more detail. However, here is a brief summary.
Among the smallest styles, these hearing aids are just one piece and sit inside the ear. They come in different sizes including full shell (the largest), half shell, in-the-canal (ITC) and the smallest invisible-in-canal (IIC).
Behind The Ear (BTE)
As the name suggests, a BTE hearing device sits behind your ear. The amplified sound travels down a tube to the front of your ear. Then, a custom ear mould directs the sound down the ear canal. BTE devices can be fitted to almost any degree of hearing loss. Furthermore, they offer a wide variety of sizes, technology, colours and controls.
Slim-tube/ openfit BTE (behind the ear)
A more discreet BTE option for less severe hearing loss. Slim-tube BTEs keep your ear canal open and well ventilated. Therefore you can make the most of your natural hearing. Amplification is only providing where needed.
Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
Similar to the conventional BTE hearing devices, RITE devices have a behind the ear component, which houses the microphone and most of the electronics. However, they have a thin wire running down the front of the ear to a small speaker (receiver) which is positioned within the ear canal. They are generally small and discrete devices. RITE hearing aids are able to address a wide variety of hearing problems. For example, the speaker size can be matched to suit.
If you have specific listening environments where you would like to hear better, discuss your needs with our audiologist. Our Principal Audiologist will be able to offer advice on what options may be suitable for you.