Riverside's Premiere Hearing Aid Source We are proud to sell, fit, and service some of the finest and most advance hearing aids ever. Hearing aids come in many different sizes and styles. Some styles are designed to fit in virtually any ear, and others require custom ear-molds to personalize the fit. Although sometimes the type of hearing loss will dictate the appropriate style of hearing aid, generally the question of which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be answered by a combination of factors including: lifestyle, hearing loss severity, cosmetic preferences, and budget. Your hearing aid dispenser will provide you with a hearing evaluation and consultation to determine if you may be helped with hearing aid(s)
Custom Shells Traditionally, most hearing aids were created using a custom molding process to fit the unique shape of each person’s ear and ear-canal. Custom shell hearing aids include the ITE (In-The-Ear), ITC (In-The-Canal), CIC (Completely-In-Canal), and IIC (Invisible-In-Canal) styles.
ITE - (in the ear) These hearing aids are very easy to operate even if the user has poor dexterity. The hearing device is housed within a custom-made shell that fits comfortably inside each ear and delivers sound directly to the ear.
ITC - (in the canal) These hearing aids can barely be seen and are very easy to operate, even if the user has poor dexterity. The hearing device is housed within a custom-made shell that fits comfortably inside each ear canal and delivers sound directly to the ear.
CIC - (completely the canal) These hearing aids are virtually invisible to others. The hearing device is housed in a tiny shell that fits comfortably and completely into each ear canal. The device is removed from the ear canal by pulling a tiny cord. Where these miniature aids are both powerful and cosmetically appealing, some features, such as manual volume control, are not available because the devices are so small. These hearing aids may be a little difficult to operate especially if the user has poor dexterity.
IIC - (invisible in canal) The ICC is molded to comfortably fit in the second bend of your ear canal. This allows it to use the ear’s natural acoustics and anatomy to deliver more precise, natural sound and it is completely undetectable. Unlike extended wear deep insertion aids, the IIC can be removed and reinserted daily to promote better hearing health.
Open Fit Hearing Aids Open Fit hearing aids have a flexible tip that fits deep within the ear canal and does not require a custom molding process. The tip is vented to allow natural sound to enter the ear canal an prevent the "head in the barrel" sensation that can occur when the canal is plugged with a custom shell.
RIC - (receiver in canal) These hearing aids are virtually invisible but are still large enough to supply large amounts of power for the hard of hearing and are large enough for people with dexterity issues to handle with ease. The hearing device is housed in a curved shell that sits behind the ear while the clear tube hooks over the ear and the small receiver on the end will sit all the way inside the ear canal making it virtually invisible.
Behind the Ear The most powerful hearing aids available used to treat loss from mild to profound. Traditionally these hearing aids require custom molds that fill the opening of the ear canal and conform to its unique shape.
BTE - (behind the ear) These hearing aids are extremely flexible for all types of hearing loss. The hearing device is housed within a curved shell that sits behind each ear and delivers sound through a clear tube. The clear tube typically fits into a mold that has been customized to comfortably fit inside each ear—although open fit BTEs are now available as well.