Examining the Pros and Cons of the Four Hearing Aid Styles

Posted by Cancer Care on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

By Aloysius Aucoin

There are various types of hearing aid styles that you can choose from. They all have a microphone that detects noise and converts the sounds to electrical signals. The signals are then transferred to an amplifier and from there, to a receiver. Once at the receiver, the signals are converted to sound waves that make their way to the ear. There are four common auditory apparatuses available, each varying in cost from one device to another.

Behind the Ear (BTE)
The behind the ear (BTE) model is made up of a plastic tube that carries the sounds heard to a custom ear mold. The larger size of the BTE makes it easier to work with and it has a tendency to last longer than smaller aids. This hearing aid accommodates volume control as well as a directional microphone. The downside to this model is that it is obvious to those looking at you and tends to be awkward while on the telephone. It costs in the range of $1,200 to $2,700.

Mini Behind the Ear (mini BTE)
The mini behind the ear (mini BTE) model consists of a plastic tube that connects to an ear bud that is placed inside the canal of the ear. One of the pros of this hearing device is that it allows the ear canal to remain open and makes it possible for a large degree of natural sound to reach you. In particular, you can hear your own voice better. There is no custom mold with this electronic equipment and you never experience a plugged up feeling in your ears. The biggest con with the mini BTE is the difficulty that comes with using it while on the telephone. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,300 to $3,000 for this device.

Receiver in Canal (RIC)
The receiver in canal (RIC) hearing aid is made up of a microphone and amplifier behind your ear. These parts of the aid are connected with wires to a receiver in a custom mold or an ear bud that goes into the canal. The RIC offers the wearer superior sound quality. It is one of the least obvious types of auditory devices. Like the other devices already mentioned, talking on the phone with it in your ears is not an easy task. The RIC apparatus will cost you anywhere from $1,400 to $2,900.

In the Ear (ITE)
Another style you may wish to consider is the in the ear (ITE) model. This kind fits in the outer ear and consists of a custom made shell. It is easy to place in position and is able to accommodate a directional microphone as well as volume control. Using the ITE model with a phone is easy to do. The disadvantage of this choice is that it is bulky and conspicuous. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,300 to $2,800 for it.

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