Each pair of ears is unique to the person they belong to. And while standard hearing aids are made to fit “off the shelf”, they may still be uncomfortable for the wearer. Although standard hearing aids can be customized in terms of fitting and programming, the device itself may not be designed for a patients particular needs.
At the VEI Hearing Center, we offer custom hearing aids and standard hearing aids. This way you’ll be confident and comfortable in the way you choose to be.
CIC Hearing Aids
CIC Stands for Completely-In-Canal. These are generally recommended for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. They are similar to the IIC hearing aid. However, the CIC hearing aids are not placed as deeply into the ear canal as the IIC hearing aids are. You can still be assured that only a tiny portion, the removal handle, will be visible outside of the ear canal.
ITC Hearing Aids
ITC stands for In-The-Canal. These hearing aids fit snugly in your ear canal. A small portion of them will still be visible in the outer ear. They are generally recommended for mild to mildly severe hearing loss. They are medium sized, which allows for more immediate control with the use of additional features. Additions such as directional microphones and volume wheels can be placed on the body of the hearing aid. This style is slightly larger than the IIC and CIC styles.
Half Shell Hearing Aids
Half Shell hearing aids take up the lower half of the outer ear bowl. They are generally recommended for mild to severe hearing loss. These are not as aesthetically pleasing as the hearing aids that sit directly in the canal. However, they include more controls and provide a longer battery life. Features such as directional microphones and volume wheels can be added to allow you more control over your hearing.
Full Shell Hearing Aids
Full Shell hearing aids take up the entire bowl of the outer ear. They are generally recommended for mild to severe hearing loss. These are the largest hearing aids we offer. They are visible externally, but offer the most features. A larger battery for longer battery life is also included.
*Hearing Aids images from Oticon