You may have bought shoes, clothes, or even eyeglasses online, but your first hearing aid should never be bought sight-unseen. Even if you are in a rush to get a device that will help you hear your children and improve your social life, a bad investment could cost you much more than a number on a receipt. Your condition isn’t just about the loss of a sense—it’s about losing out on the important things in life. Shouldn’t you feel 100% comfortable with your choice without taking the risk of regretting it?
A Range of Devices to Fit Every Body’s Needs
When we consult with patients suffering from hearing loss, we recommend devices based on the specifics of your condition, but also the demands of your lifestyle. We listen to your concerns and answer your questions to make sure you are choosing the device that will be best for you now.
Our hearing care providers give you hands-one access to all of our top-of-the-range devices, including:
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE).
One of the most common hearing aid models, a BTE device sits behind the ear and is connected to a mold that sits inside your ear. As all of the electronic parts in the hearing aid are located in the housing case behind your ear, so wearers can easily control the volume. Behind-the-ear models are ideal for patients with smaller or sensitive ear canals.
- Receiver-in-Canal/Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIC/RITE).
Many receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids are mistaken for BTE models, but there are important differences in the two devices. In an RIC device, the receiver (similar to a speaker) sits in a custom-made earmold that fits directly in the patient’s ear canal. The receiver and device are connected via a thin wire rather than tubing, making many RIC models lighter and less noticeable than BTE models.
- In-the-Ear (ITE).
ITE hearing aids are a popular choice because the device is completely contained in a flesh-colored plastic insert that sits in the outer portion of the ear canal. As there are no external electronics, patients can wear glasses, sunglasses, and other accessories without interference. An ITE device is also less likely to pick up wind noises and is easy to remove when not in use.
- In-the-Canal (ITC).
ITC devices are slightly smaller and less bulky than ITE models, and are roughly the size of an earbud from a pair of headphones. They are custom molded to the inside of your ear to remain comfortable through many hours of wear, and can be customized with a variety of faceplate colors to blend with your skin tone.
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
A CIC device is virtually invisible to the naked eye. It is molded to the precise shape of the wearer’s ear canal for a custom fit, and is ideal for active patients with hearing loss. Some CIC devices have external controls and Bluetooth wireless technology to allow connectivity to your cell phone, television, or other electronics.
Choose the Hearing Aid You Want, Not Just the One You Need!
You should always choose a hearing aid that fits your lifestyle, not just your budget. At Tru-Tone Hearing Aid Centers, our hearing care specialists can help you try on a variety of devices within many different price points to find the device that is right for you. We also accept many different insurance plans and all major credit cards, and offer a 30-day trial to ensure that you are completely happy with your new device.
Our many offices in Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties make it easy to find a location near to home, but you have to take the first step! Tru-Tone also offers free in-home tests and service at no charge. Call the number on this page to make an appointment or visit one of our Philadelphia hearing aid offices to see our range of devices firsthand.