Hearing Aid Families & Styles
Hearing Aid Families
Hearing devices are organised into families with varying performance levels and styles. Device families vary in the extent of features they have. Entry level devices are the least featured. Greater complexity is added in higher models as the investment level increases. Only the top of the range contain all of the features that are potentially available.
There exist two broad style groupings, these being in-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Within each of these two style groupings exist a range of further options which your Audiologist can advise as to the most appropriate given your loss, personal preferences and for features to match your specific listening needs. In selecting a style of device it is important that you are comfortable with its cosmetics and functionality. The colour is usually chosen to match hair although there exist a range of funky colours should this be a personal preference.
Your Audiologist can assist you to determine the most appropriate style (how the device looks) and the colour from our range of our palette of demonstration devices.
Hearing Aid Styles
In-the-ear devices range from the invisible completely in the canal up to a full in-the-ear style. The latter is less cosmetically appealing but fulfils a useful purpose when higher power is required or if manipulation may be difficult with anything smaller.
At ACE Audiology, we are specialised in providing completely in the canal fittings that only you and your audiologist need know you are wearing them.
Behind-the-ear devices are often “open fittings” which mean the ear canal is not occluded with a conventional earmould so it may breathe naturally. The benefit is that your own voice will sound natural. This is particularly important if your hearing is better than 40dB in the bass tones. The behind-the-ear device can vary in size if high power is needed.
Receiver in the Ear (RITE) Technology
RITE technology places the speaker/receiver in the ear canal rather sound being conducted down a tube. As the receiver is close to the eardrum a smoother acoustic response can be obtained, less power is used and the devices are usually smaller. The receiver power can be exchanged for different power requirements making it adaptable to future changes in hearing levels. Shown here and in the following youtube link is the Chronos 9
We work with the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers, including Starkey Siemens, Widex, Phonak, GN ReSound, Oticon, Bernafon, Unitron and Sonic: