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IIC Hearing aid from Starkey

Wireless capabilities have vastly expanded how hearing aids can be used. While amazing in many ways hearing aid wearers have still reported difficulty understanding in certain environments and needed the ability to adjust hearing instruments in a challenging environment. To combat this difficulty hearing aid makers have created a variety of accessories and options to improve hearing in a wider variety of situations. Wireless streamers, remote microphones, remote controls, even your very own smart phone are just a few of the options available as wireless accessories for modern hearing aid. These options in addition to the hearing aids on board controls and options provide wearers with the flexibility to ensure they hear in even the most difficult listening environments. 

RIC or Open-Fit Hearing Aid.


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RIC or Open-Fit Hearing Aid

The cost of a hearing aid is determined largely by the technology installed on the device. Two hearing aids might look identical but cost different amounts. At Nevada County Hearing Aid Center hearing aids cost $1000 - $2850 per aid. The style of the hearing can vary the cost slightly. A Technology recommdation is following a hearing evaluation in which hearing loss, lifestyle, and other hearing needs are considered. 

Hearing Aid Accessories

ITC, ITE, and CIC hearing aids. 

Hearing Aids come in all shapes and sizes. They can vary by placement, by technology and by manufacturer. The right hearing for any individual is recommended based on several factors. The most important factor is the hearing loss of the individual. Each hearing loss is different and should be approached individually. Fortunately there are a wide array of possibilities to fit each individual circumstance. 

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Hearing Aid Styles

RIC or Open-Fit

RIC(receiver-in-canal) hearing aids are the most common type of hearing aid today. They offer the most flexibility for differing types of hearing loss and that widest feature set. They are small and light and sit on the top of the ear with the speaker or receiver going in the ear connected by a wire. They may be coupled with a Lucite or silicon mold or a small silicon tip.

BTE – Behind the Ear

The BTE hearing aid is what most people think of when they think of hearing aids. They are placed on the ear and have a tube that runs from the aid to a Lucite mold for coupling. While not as flexible as their RIC counter-part they do offer a complete feature set.

ITE/ITC – In the ear/canal

These custom hearing aids are completely in the ear and vary in flexibility and feature set depending on anatomy of an individual ear and size of the the mold chosen.. Custom hearing aids are available in all technology levels but physical limitations can prevent some features from being available. These products are not ideal for all hearing losses.

IIC – Invisible in canal

Invisible solutions are attractive to those who wish for their hearing aids not to be seen. They are available and all technology levels but are further limited by physical constraints such as the size of the ear canal and the nature of the hearing loss. Deeper placed hearing aids are a benefit as they requires less volume and use more of the ears natural acoustic properties. Type your paragraph here.