Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Modern rechargeable hearing aids have proven hugely popular with hearing aid users. Rechargeable hearing aids work similarly to the batteries. However, the difference is that rather than charging the batteries at night you would charge your actual devices.
Two Types of Rechargeable Systems
As you by now will realise, there are two modern rechargeable hearing aid system types, each having their strengths and weaknesses.
However, before then, they based their rechargeable battery systems on nickel metal hydride. The battery wasn't adequate for most people, and the charge often would not last through the day especially if you were using any audio streaming. All of those problems went away with the introduction of Lithium-Ion and Silver-Zinc rechargeable battery systems.
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Types and styles of hearing aids
The following hearing aid kinds are known as ITE styles. Their sizes vary from practically invisible when worn to filling the entire ear.
- Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids: the tiniest hearing aids manufactured are IIC and CIC styles. They go deep in the ear canal and are typically used for moderate hearing losses. These styles offer high cosmetic value for people who desire a discreet solution when choosing hearing aid type. However, the application of these hearing aids solely depends on the size of your ear canal.
- In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids: ITC styles fill the lower portion of the outer ear bowl; they are comfortable and easy to use. Since they are little larger than IIC and CIC styles, they have a longer battery life, are easier to deal with and can be applied to a broader range of hearing losses.
- Low profile hearing aids: Low profile styles vary from half-shell designs that fill half the outer ear bowl to designs that fill the entire outer ear bowl. The size of a low profile style appeals to people with dexterity issues because it is more convenient to use than the smaller sizes. These hearing aids can contain such valuable features as directional microphones, volume controls and program buttons.
Digital hearing aids components are as following:
• a microphone to catch sound
• a computer chip that intensifies and processes sound
• a speaker that delivers the signal to your ear
• a battery for power
These components are packed into several different styles of hearing aids. Hearing aids can be divided into two main groups: in-the-ear (ITE) styles and behind-the-ear (BTE) styles. There are also different sizes within each group.
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The tiniest behind-the-ear (BTE) styles are the most cosmetically appealing hearing aids with extremely thin ear tubes and ear tips that disappear unnoticeably into the ear canal. They are able to store features for a great number of hearing losses, hold battery charge long enough and are easy to control. The following are the most common BTE styles of hearing aids:
Mini BTE hearing aids with thin tubes and tips
Tthis is a popular mini BTE style. It is made to hide behind the outer ear and has very thin tubing to transfer sound into the ear.
BTE hearing aids with ear molds
Behind-the-ear styles that have ear molds will be perfect for any type of hearing loss. Ear molds are the plastic part of your BTE hearing aid, connecting the ear canal to the hearing aid and literally transmitting the sound into your ear. Plastic can be of various colors and types depending on your personal preferences.
Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids
the hearing aid speaker is integrated into the ear tip in this style. This locates it closer to the eardrum while the microphone and processor are placed in a tiny case behind the ear.
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