hearing aids

Hearing Aids

a style to suit everybody
Hearing aids will help to restore hearing to some extent, but wearing even the most technologically advanced devices is not going to completely solve the problems confronted in communication, although hearing aids are part of the solution.

At Eastern Audiology Services, using communication strategies, together with a hearing aid fitting and in some cases, assistive listening devices, will give the best outcome for a hearing and communication deficit.

Hearing Aids will help to improve speech in quiet and when some background noise is present, but do not make loud noise softer, but should make loudness comfortable, over time.


Hearing aids come in several styles as shown below.

Behind The Ear

These are the most commonly fitted

• Suits all degrees of hearing loss
• Simple maintenance
• Better battery life

Phonak Bolero B

Slim Tube Behind-the-ear (BTE)

A less visible version of the BTE style and are often preferred

• Suitable for mild to moderate/severe losses
• More discreet to wear
• Generally shorter battery life than standard BTEs

slim tube behind the ear hearing aid

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

Also known as Canal Receiver Technology

• a more recent development combining power technology in a small device to suit a moderate to severe hearing loss
• low visibility in the ear
• good battery life

In-the-Canal (ITC) or In-the-Ear (ITE) aids

• Suitable for most degrees of hearing loss
• Being subject to wax and moisture, may require more cleaning and servicing than BTEs
• Battery life varies on the size of the aid.

In The Ear Hearing Aids

Completely–in-the-Canal (CICs)

The smallest devices available

• Suit most degrees of hearing loss
• Like the ITCs, require a high level of maintenance
• Reduced battery life, due to size limitations

completely in canal hearing aid

Implantable & Instant Fit Hearing aids

• Similar concept to a long-term contact lens, this implantable device is implanted deep in the ear canal for three months duration
• Suitable for most hearing losses but dependant on canal shape
• 100% invisible
• Instant Fit devices in the CIC style are available from most manufacturers and are designed for first-time users. No requirement to take impressions of the ears, allowing for an “on-the-spot” fitting

Silk Primax Hearing Aidstemporary hearing aids