If you’re considering custom hearing aids, read about the different styles and what makes them the preferred choice over their behind-the-ear (BTE) counterparts. We also share the drawbacks of this type of device and the factors to consider when choosing a hearing aid. Read on!
Custom Hearing Aid Styles
Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) Completely-in-Canal (CIC) In-the-Canal (ITC) In-the-Ear (ITE): Half-shell/Full-shell Extent of hearing loss Mild to severe Mild to severe Mild to profound Mild to profound Features
Do note that this type of hearing aid may not be suitable for all users – it depends on the size of your ear canal.
As they’re larger in size, CIC devices can accommodate slightly more functions.
In-the-Ear (ITE): Half-shell/Full-shell
However, they’re the least discreet, though the faceplate can be made to match your skin tone as closely as possible.
Benefits of Custom Hearing Aids
It’s important to note that while IIC and CIC hearing aids are discreet, ITC, half-shell and full-shell devices tend to be more noticeable to others.
Comfortable and lightweight
Moreover, this type of hearing aid is ideal for those wearing spectacles as the device sits in the ear canal, rather than behind the ear.
Easier to wear
Reduction in wind noise
Reduction in feedback
Drawbacks of Custom Hearing Aids
Limited features and controls
They also come with 1 microphone only, as compared to other devices featuring 2 microphones. However, this doesn’t mean that the hearing experience is compromised – IIC and CIC devices still offer a high sound quality.
More suitable for adults
May not be suitable for those with profound hearing loss
Based on your condition, your hearing care professional will suggest the best type of hearing aid for you.
May be challenging to use for those with dexterity issues
How to Choose A Suitable Hearing Aid
During the consultation with your hearing care professional or audiologist, they’ll consider your needs, preferences and condition before recommending the best device for you. Read on for some of their key considerations.
Severity and type of hearing loss
Size and shape of the ear canal
If you prefer discreet devices despite having some difficulty handling small objects, your audiologist may recommend devices that come with automated features or an accompanying mobile application. This will allow you to adjust the volume and functions more easily.
Conversely, CIC and IIC hearing aids are often the recommended choice for those who engage in outdoor activities regularly as they can prevent wind noise.
It’s important to note that certain trade-offs may be involved when you opt for a more affordable hearing aid. As such, it’s advisable to evaluate the importance of the different factors affecting the price.
Take our quiz to find out which type of hearing aid is most suited for you!
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*The results of this quiz serve as a suggestion for the type of hearing aid most suited to your needs and preferences. It’s recommended to consult your hearing care professional for advice on the best type of hearing aid for your condition.
Oticon Own™: An Exceptional Custom Hearing Aid
Oticon Own™ is a line of custom ITE hearing aids designed for improved listening, comfort and style. It allows you to enjoy a full sound experience and participate more actively in social activities.
With our MoreSound Intelligence™ technology, you can better separate speech from background noise. Additionally, adapting to different sound environments is made easier with our Deep Neural Network technology.
As a testament to its engineering features and innovative design, Oticon Own™ was named a CES® 2023 Innovation Award Honoree in the Wearable Technologies category.
FAQs about Custom Hearing Aids
How much do custom hearing aids cost?
The price of custom hearing aids often depends on the brand, style and accompanying features. At Hearing Partners, our custom hearing devices range from $2,916 to $7,884.