Type of Hearing Aids
Hearing Aid is a non-surgical electronic device to help individual with hearing loss. It has mainly 3 components Microphone, Amplifier and Receiver.
Based on technology hearing aids are
Analog hearing aids basically take sounds from environment and make them louder. Some analog hearing aids include a programmable microchip, but the functions are relatively basic. Becoming less common due to technological advancements.
Digital hearing aids obtain environmental sounds, convert it into digital format, process, filter, amplify and deliver a sound signal into ear that is customized based on needs. This is called Digital Signal Processing (DSP) via a microchip.
Based on where hearing aids are worn, hearing aids are
- Body level Hearing Aids
- Behind the Ear (BTE)
- Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
- In the Ear (ITE)
- In the Canal (ITC)
- Completely in the Canal (CIC)
- Invisible in the Canal (IIC)