Hearing Aids: Unbiased advice
Independent and professionally qualified audiologists advising you on a broad range of aids from the leading manufacturers.
From tiny in-the-ear-canal styles, to near invisible behind-the-ear models and powerful aids for severe hearing loss, we fit advise on all styles of aids.
Big range, diverse styles
From tiny in-the-ear-canal styles, to near invisible behind-the-ear models and powerful aids for severe hearing loss, we fit all styles of hearing devices from all the leading brands.
Here is the range of hearing aid styles that we fit and recommend…
See the range of hearing aid styles we fit and recommend.
Invisible-In-The-Canal Hearing Aids (IIC)
The latest innovation in hearing aid technology, this device is shaped to fit far down in the ear canal, near the ear drum, rendering it invisible. It can effectively improve mild to moderate and even severe hearing loss, though it may not fit in patients with exceptionally small ear canals.
As with the ‘CIC’ devices below, IIC aids allow the natural use of the pinna (your external ear) to capture sound, work well with telephones and minimise wind interference. Due to their small size, some do not allow directional microphones, which may reduce their effectiveness in background noise. Small battery size also means that it needs to be changed more frequently. Some models are Bluetooth compatible.
Completely-In-The-Canal Hearing Aids (CIC)
Shaped to fit completely inside the ear canal, CIC aids improve mild to moderate hearing loss very effectively. In some cases they may be adapted for more severe loss.
The discreet appearance and natural use of the Pinna to capture sound have driven the popularity of these devices. They also work relatively well with phones and minimise wind interference. Many CICs can now incorporate directional microphones, improving performance in noisy situations.. Some models are Bluetooth compatible.
In-The-Canal Hearing Aids
Sitting less deeply in the ear than CIC hearing aids, in-the-canal aids are effective for mild to moderate and sometimes severe hearing loss. They can include more features than their CIC counterparts, including directional microphones and Bluetooth compatibility and are easy to use with the telephone, however they are more visible and may not fit well in small size ears.
In-The-Ear Hearing Aids
This is a broad description including all single piece hearing aids that sit partially in the ear canal. In-the-ear hearing aids may fill a small part, or the whole of the Concha (the “bowl” of your external ear…) and are shaped to fit the ear. Designed for mild to severe hearing losses, their larger size enables the inclusion of directional microphones, volume controls and Bluetooth compatibility.
In-the-ear hearing aids are more visible than the smaller styles available, however they are helpful for people who may have difficulty managing very small devices..
Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids
Small and discrete, this style hooks over the top of the ear and sits snugly behind it, amplifying sound and carrying it to a mould that fits inside the ear. Available in a large range of sizes and colours, behind-the-ear hearing aids provide flexibility and can be adapted for most types of hearing loss for all ages. These hearing aids are usually powered with a 312 or 13 size battery. Some are now rechargeable. All the acoustic features are available and most are Bluetooth compatible.
Receiver–In–The-Ear Hearing Aids
These are usually small devices that sit behind the ear and are a very popular choice. Sound is carried from the device to the ear by a small wire tube to a speaker inside the ear canal. They are often used for mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss although they can be modified for most hearing loss. Major benefits include: comfort, natural sound quality (they don’t block the ear) and cosmetic appeal. A number of rechargeable options are also available.