Hearing Aids A Portion of every hearing aid sold helps support a child's speech therapy
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) Where worn: Fits in ear canal (custom made, mostly concealed). Who for: Mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Not usually for children (case must be replaced as ear grows). Advantage: Smallest size (least visible). Disadvantage: Small size can be difficult to handle; Small batteries are changed more often; Can be damaged by earwax and ear drainage.
In-the-Canal (ITC) Where worn: Fits in ear canal (custom made). Who for: Mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Advantage: Smaller size (barely visible), custom made. Disadvantage: Small size can be difficult to handle; Cannot be used with some accessories; Can be damaged by earwax and ear drainage.
In-the-Ear (ITE) Where worn: Fits completely in the outer ear (custom made). Who for: Mild-to-severe hearing loss, not usually for children (case must be replaced as ear grows). Advantage: Small size, can be used with add-on accessories, custom fit. Disadvantage: Small size can be difficult to handle, may be damaged by earwax and ear drainage.
Receiver In-The-Canal (RIC) Where worn: Who for: Advantage: Disadvantage:
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Where worn: Case behind the ear with a tube to a custom earmold placed into the outer ear. Who for: Mild-to-profound hearing loss; Can be used by all ages including infants/children. Advantage: Durable; Larger size easier to handle and maintain; Separate earmold can be easily replaced; Easy to use with assistive listening devices. Disadvantage: Larger size (highly visible); high gain may cause feedback.
CROS (or BICROS) Where worn: Can be worn in the ear or behind the ear. Who: People with no useable hearing in one ear and normal or near normal hearing in the other ear (or hearing loss for BICROS) Advantage: Transfers sound received on the deaf ear side to the other hearing ear. Disadvantage: Requires two units, transmitter and receiver. In some cases requires custom earmold in the better ear resulting in plugged feeling/occlusion. Some people report poor sound quality if hearing in better ear is normal.
Aids are available in many different colors
Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing • 2615 E Randolph • Enid, OK • 580-234-3734