Hearing Aids

There are now more styles and sizes of hearing aids than ever before.

Modern hearing aids are small, discreet and stylish.

Technology is always moving forward and we always fit the latest technology available. We are able to select from all the different manufacturers’ hearing aids to get the right solution for your needs.

What kind of hearing aid is right for me?

The best hearing aid for you will depend on your hearing loss and lifestyle, which your hearing aid audiologist will get to know about during the consultation process.

Types of hearing aid

In-the-ear

These are custom made to fit the shape and size of your ear canals and fit securely in the outer ear. They are unobtrusive and have optional user controls as well as directional microphones to help in noisy environments.

They are suitable for most hearing losses and are easy to handle.

Completely-in-canal

These are the smallest in the ear hearing aids available. They are also custom made and fit right inside the ear canal to appear virtually invisible.  They have a smaller battery than in-the-ear hearing aids and are slightly more difficult to handle, but can provide a more natural sound, reduced wind noise and improved telephone use due to the microphone placement.

Modern feedback management systems mean that even severe hearing losses can be fitted with completely-in-canal hearing aids, making them suitable for most people.

Receiver-in-canal

These are miniature behind-the-ear hearing aids which are extremely discreet and come in a variety of colours to match hair tone or style preference. The microphones and sound processor are housed in a casing that fits behind the ear, which delivers the sound down a very thin clear wire to a receiver or speaker that sits inside the ear canal.

The receiver in the ear can be housed by an ‘open’ dome which allows normal low frequency sound into the ear and makes your own voice sound more natural.

These are suitable for mild to severe hearing losses but are particularly suited to high frequency losses.

Mini behind-the-ear

These are similar to receiver-in-canal hearing aids, but house all components in a behind-the-ear casing, including the receiver, which can make them slightly larger.

They are suitable for mild to moderate losses but particularly suited to high frequency losses.

Behind-the-ear

These are fitted with a custom made ear mould and they are the most powerful hearing aids available making them suitable for mild to profound hearing losses. They also have the most options for user controls and are compatible with accessories such as FM systems.

They are easy to handle and have larger batteries which last longer.

How much do hearing aids cost?

The cost of a hearing aid depends on the technology inside it and the features it can offer.

As independent suppliers of hearing aids your local AIHHP member will be able to prescribe the best option to suit your specific hearing loss and personal requirements.  They will be more than happy to discuss all the options and corresponding costs with you.