BTE hearing aid is the most visible and the most durable. And it has longer battery life, too, compared to all types of hearing aids. Additionally, it caters to all degrees of hearing loss. The earmold—the portion use to attach the device on the outer ear, collects the sound and sends it to the ear through the tubing.
Receiver in the Ear (RITE) / Receiver in Canal (RIC)
RIC and RITE hearing aids are similar devices and, as the name implies, have different locations to where the receiver attaches. These are similar to BTE with the device placed on the outer ear.
Compared to BTE and Open Fit hearing aids, RIC and RITE send sounds to the ear using a wire instead of tubing. Patients with high-frequency hearing loss are compatible with and prefer this type of device. It includes multi-directional earphones which filter the sound that the user receives.
Open fit or the mini BTE, or On the Ear hearing aid. It is similar to a BTE hearing aid where there’s a part of the device that sits on the outer ear. The difference is it has a narrower tube which leaves the ear canal open. People with mild to severe hearing loss can benefit from using this hearing aid type.
Which Hearing Aids Types to Choose?
All hearing aid types are beneficial to people with hearing loss. Choosing the best hearing aid depends on the person’s medical condition, daily activities, and personal preferences.
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