Types, Styles and Brands of Hearing Aid
Hearing aids come in a range of styles, their suitability is often dependent on your degree of hearing loss. This is where one of our audiologist in Perth or Geraldton can guide you in your decision-making process to ensure you get the best hearing aid to suit your hearing needs. We strongly recommend you read our guide to choosing hearing aids if you are interested in new hearing aids.
Styles and Types
There are four main styles of hearing aid:
1. Invisible Hearing Aids
Types: Lyric, Invisible in the Canal (IIC) and Completely in the Canal (CIC)
These hearing aids are invisible, only the wearer knows they are there. Designed for discretion, they are tiny and sit inside the ear canal. They are great for telephone usage and are protected from dust and debris in your ear. Most models are remotely controllable. Some use a specially designed remote and some use your smartphone or home telephone as the controller.
The IIC and CIC models are custom made to fit the shape of your ear canal for maximum benefit and the best possible comfort. IIC and CIC hearing aids are designed for mild to severe hearing loss and are available in many skin tone colours.
The Lyric hearing aid comes in a range of sizes and is especially revolutionary as it is placed in the ear, close to the eardrum, by an audiologist. It then stays there 24/7 for months at a time through daily activities like showering, exercising and sleeping*. Described as the contact lens for your ear, it is hassle-free and perfect for people with an active lifestyle. Hearing and Audiology is an authorised Lyric provider in Perth. You can find out more about Lyric here.
2. Receiver in the Canal Hearing Aids (RIC)
The receiver in the canal hearing aids is small and discrete. A portion sits behind the ear and is connected to a very small, unobtrusive wire which is inserted into the ear. These are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.
3. Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTE)
With Behind the Ear hearing aids, incoming sounds are amplified in a behind the ear device and transmitted into the ear via a custom ear mould. The larger size of BTE aids allows better battery life and greater amplification. BTE models are available for all degrees of hearing loss and are available in many different colours.
4. Custom In the Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)
These models are custom made to fit the shape of your ear canal for maximum benefit and the best possible comfort. Various sizes are available from full or half-shell in-the-ear. They are designed for mild to severe hearing loss and are available in many skin tone colours.
Hearing Aid Accessories and Features
Hearing Aids can come with many different accessories and features to improve the user’s experience. What accessories and features are available will depend on the exact style and brand of hearing aid you choose. New features and accessories are constantly being developed as well.
Common Hearing Aid Accessories include:
- Bluetooth interface for Bluetooth enabled devices, such as TVs or mobile phones, which means you can stream sound straight from the device to your hearing aids.
- Remote controls to easily change hearing aid settings and volume.
- Remote microphones and FM systems, which work by placing a microphone near to the person you want to hear, this then communicates directly with your hearing aid, making it perfect for meetings and lectures.
Common Hearing Aid Features include:
- Inbuilt Bluetooth and wireless capabilities, including direct to iPhone streaming
- Water or dust resistance, or even “Water-proof” hearing aids
- Rechargeable batteries
- Settings for different listening environments such as social settings or meetings
Hearing and Audiology will help you decide what features and accessories you need to support your hearing aids. We stock hearing aid accessories from all the major hearing aid brands. We will help you set up your hearing aid’s features and accessories.
Brands of Hearing Aids at Hearing and Audiology
Hearing and Audiology are independent audiologists. We stock hearing aids from all the major global manufacturers, bringing the latest in hearing technology to West Australians, giving you more choice.
Our main brands include Phonak, Unitron, Oticon, Widex, Siemens and Starkey.
Phonak is one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world and has been committed to developing, producing, and distributing cutting-edge hearing solutions for more than 70 years. Their goals are to improve the hearing ability and language recognition of people with hearing loss, to tear down barriers for the hearing-impaired and to find new and innovative ways to help everyone reconnect to the beauty of sound.
Unitron is a global company that designs and manufactures really great hearing instruments.
That’s what they do. More important is why they do it. They do it because hearing matters. Unitron partner with dedicated hearing healthcare professionals around the world who share their belief that hearing well is a beautiful thing.
Oticon is driven by a dedication to doing things better and their innovative culture is geared to meeting the needs of a changing world. They channel their ‘people’ insight into solutions that support any lifestyle and any age. Oticon’s innovation efforts are never about what the product can do, but what it can do for you.
Widex is a family-owned company founded in Denmark in 1956. Today, it is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hearing aids.
Widex has a reputation as one of the most innovative manufacturers in the industry. Widex’s approach to innovation has led to such advances as the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid, as well as their own revolutionary wireless technology.
Their mission is to provide the absolute best hearing aids and customer services, their products let people connect and communicate easily.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is much more than the hearing aids they produce. They are in the business of connecting people and changing lives. They believe being able to hear the world and the people around you are as essential to the human experience as breathing.
As a world leader in manufacturing and delivering advanced hearing solutions, Starkey’s goal is to bring people together and make lives richer by empowering individuals to reach their full potential in life. Their niche market is custom devices, is known for small custom devices which are both powerful and wireless. They had the first hearing aid made for iPhone® and continue to innovate in connecting technologies.
Siemens & Signia (Sivantos)
Sivantos are one of the world’s top manufacturers of hearing aids. Sivantos Group companies serve hearing care professionals globally and have built up market-leading positions in many countries. They are proud to develop and manufacture one out of every four hearing aids being used worldwide. They have helped people with hearing loss for far more than 100 years. Sivantos offer hearing aids branded Siemens and Signia in Australia.
Book an Appointment Today
For more information about our hearing healthcare services, please call (08) 9388 8003 or book online using the form below. We conduct hearing tests at our Perth based clinics, located in Subiaco and Duncraig, as well as at our Geraldton clinic.
*Lyric is water resistant, not waterproof, and should not be submerged under water.