Hearing Instrument Styles - Pros and Cons
Receiver-In-the-Canal (RIC) hearing instruments are the most popular style. They are nearly invisible when worn and offer a comfortable 'open' feel and sound as they do not block the ear canal physically or acoustically.
- Rechargeable or standard batteries.
- Full connectivity.
- Small component behind ear.
Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC) hearing instruments are fitted deep in the ear canal, making them ‘invisible’ to others. While they are an excellent option for some, they are not ideal for all ear canal shapes or all types of hearing loss
- Zero external portion.
- Require regular maintenance.
- More frequent repairs.
- Must use regular disposable battery.
- Blocks ear canal, which is not ideal for many hearing profiles.
In-The-Canal Rechargeable (ITC-R) hearing instruments are a good option for patients who 1) Would prefer not to have anything behind their ear 2) Would like a rechargeable option and/or 3) Wish for direct connectivity to devices such as smart phones and TVs. They are also an ideal solution for people with more significant hearing loss.
- Easy to manage
- Fully featured.
- Not the most discreet option.
- Shell can crack if dropped or stepped on.
- Easy to manage.
- Earmold tubing requires regular changing (done in-office) every 3-6 months.
- More visible.
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