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Selecting a Hearing Instrument

selectingainstrNBC-HIS certified individuals have the experience and expertise needed to assist you in selecting the hearing instrument that will provide you with the optimal amplification for your individual hearing loss.

The proper selection of a hearing instrument encompasses not only a person's hearing loss, but many other factors:
• A person's occupation
• Lifestyle
• Environment
• Handicaps
• Types of Hearing Instruments

The type of hearing instrument you need depends on your individual hearing loss and the nature of that loss. There are five basic types of hearing instruments:

  • Behind-The-Ear (BTE) model is a small hearing instrument housed in a curved case that fits securely behind the ear. It is attached to the earmold by a short, plastic tube. Sound is delivered from the hearing instrument through the earmold and into the ear canal. BTE models will fit the widest range of hearing losses.
  • In-The-Ear (ITE) model fits within the outer ear, extending into the ear canal. This model accommodates wider varieties of hearing losses.
  • In-The-Canal (ITC) fits within the canal portion of the ear and is less visible.
  • Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) fits deep in the canal and is barely noticeable.
  • Body Worn hearing instrument, though powerful with easy to operate controls, has been replaced in most cases by the more powerful smaller models of hearing instruments.