Understanding Styles and Technologies of Hearing Aids

Coastal ENT Hearing Center has the right hearing solution for you- regardless of your type of hearing loss, lifestyle, personal preferences, age or budget.  

The size of hearing aids can range in style from the smallest invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid to the larger behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid.  Based on the degree of your hearing loss, the audiologist will help you decide which hearing aid will best suit your needs and preferences.  

Custom hearing aids – (ITE- In-The-ear), (ITC – In-The-canal), (CIC- Completely-In-Canal) and (IIC-Invisible-In-Canal) are individually crafted to your ear canal to fit perfectly and comfortably in your ears, providing absolute discretion. The size of a custom hearing aid may vary depending on how small or inconspicuous the hearing aid is.  

RIC – (Receiver-In-Canal) hearing aids are small and slim, which make them discreet.  They literally disappear behind the ear and are very comfortable to wear.

BTE – (Behind-The-Ear) hearing aids are often recommended for people with more significant hearing loss. They also sit behind the ear and are usually a little larger than the other hearing aid models.

Hearing Aid Technologies

Premium – Developed to satisfy the energetic listener who desires and expects nothing but the best technology. Due to the significant improvements in hearing aid technology, this technology addresses even the most demanding listening situations; noisy social events, riding in a car, group or work meetings, outdoor activities, etc.

Advanced – An impressive offering of features for the active listener that enhances hearing ability in a variety of listening environments, including those with moderate levels of background noise: restaurants, business or social meetings, golf or other outdoor activities.

Standard – Ideally suited for people who expect value in state-of-the art technology.  A competitive feature that has the capability to support the hearing demands of daily life with minimal to moderate levels of background noise: activities at home, watching TV, casual conversations.

Essential – These products are designed for people looking for an affordable yet effective solution to enhance daily communication abilities, mostly in quiet or minimal background noise: one on one conversations.

These prices are not applicable if hearing aids are billed through insurance.  Costs of models can vary among various manufacturer’s technology levels and availability.  Most insurances do not cover hearing aids, if you find that your insurance does cover them, please let us know.

There is a 45-day trial period with full refund on all hearing aids if not satisfied.  Prices include a hearing aid evaluation, fitting appointment, hearing aid visits and cleanings while your aids are under warranty.