How to choose the best hearing aid: Style

March 22, 2019






In the month since my last post, a handful of my clients have chosen to trial the new Phonak Audéo Marvel. Over the next 5 posts, we’ll explore what went into making these decisions.


My clinic offers all major brands of hearing aids, and all brands offer a range of styles. This refers to the overall physical design of the device. We need to decide on the right style of hearing aid before talking about brands.


The hearing aids pictured are Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) hearing aids, which means the speaker unit sits in the ear canal while the rest of the hearing aid sits behind the ear. This type of hearing aid can also be called Canal Receiver Technology (CRT) or Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE).


Often when someone becomes aware that they need hearing aids, their first preference is to choose the smallest, most invisible hearing aid available, such as an IIC. For some people, these are a great choice. However, for some types of hearing losses it is important to keep the ear canal as open as possible to achieve a good hearing outcome. It is also important to remember that some technology features aren’t available in the smallest models.


RIC hearing aids are great because they are modular and can often be fitted without having to wait for a custom ear mould. They are suitable for a wide range of hearing losses, and they are quite small and discreet. With RIC hearing aids, clients have access to all the current technology features such as rechargeability and direct connectivity to smart phones.


There are a few drawbacks to RIC hearing aids, however. People with reduced sensation in their fingers or limited dexterity might find them hard to physically manage. For people who generate a lot of ear wax or otherwise do not have dry ears, a RIC can require a lot of maintenance and might not be the best long-term choice for a hearing aid. Fortunately, there are many options out there.


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