Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids like the Lyric are worn deep in the ear canal. IICs are inserted directly into the ear canal and can be easily removed with a string. These hearing aids are a good choice if you lead a moderately to heavily active lifestyle—or if you do not want your hearing aids to be visible to others. While they are popular among hearing aid wearers, IICs may not be the best choice for users with more severe or profound hearing loss, since these hearing aids do not provide the same amount of power that other, larger models do.
Also known as ‘the contact lense for your ear,’ Lyric is the first and only 100% invisible extended wear hearing aid. Wear it discreetly during daily activities like showering†, sleeping and exercise – and never have to change a battery! Backed by the Sonova Group, this hearing aid also uses advanced micro-engineering so it fits to your ear’s unique shape. With Lyric, sound will enter the outer ear and flow toward the ear drum, giving you a clear and amplified sound.
Modern hearing aids
Modern technology and advances in the field of hearing aids make it possible for you to live a life without limitations. In addition, modern hearing aids offer many other functions that make everyday life with a hearing aid easier and more convenient. Find out more below about the advantages of modern devices, and what the future of hearing aids holds in store.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are a good option if you want an easy-to-handle device. The traditional ITE hearing aid come in different sizes, and are typically worn fully inside the ear or ear canal. These types of hearing aids can house many electronic features within one single case, providing room for more features including a telecoil, multiple directional microphones and more. All the components are located inside a small shell. Volume can be adjusted and programs can be selected by remote control. Many models can be connected wirelessly to electronic devices such as mobile phones and TV sets.
Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aids—also referred to as receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or canal receiver technology (CRT)—are smaller than standard BTE models, but are easy to maneuver and can still house a variety of features. Like standard BTEs, they can be worn comfortably behind the ear. However, unlike regular BTE hearing aids, the RIC’s loudspeaker or “receiver” is located outside the housing and positioned at the end of a thin earwire, placed near the ear drum. Since generated sound only has to travel a very short distance with lower transmission loss, less sound energy (and battery power) is required to produce a superior listening experience.
Types of hearing aid
Do you want to improve your hearing performance? Are you looking for a suitable hearing aid? Then you've come to the right place. We’ve summarized the main types of hearing aids, along with their advantages and disadvantages. We’re also happy to provide personal advice.
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Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are versatile devices suitable for a wide range of hearing loss, and are available in various sizes. With the BTE models, sound is transmitted into the ear through a very discreet tube, which leads into a customized earmold. Because they are larger, BTE models have more space for electronic components than other types of hearing aids, giving them more room to house additional features and deliver advanced performance for a wider range of hearing loss types. Additionally, BTEs are comfortable, easy to mold, and easy for caretakers to assist with and maneuver.
Phonak Virto B
The Virto B are the first hearing aids with Biometric Calibration technology so they can be precisely calibrated to your individual ear anatomy using 1,600 biometric data points for better hearing performance.