Hearing Solutions

Selecting a Hearing Device

We are committed to your success with your new hearing device.

We consider many factors when recommending the best hearing aid solution for your needs, including lifestyle and daily communication needs, levels of daily technology use for work, school or recreation, and possible budget concerns. We also look at any difficulties you may have with vision, manual dexterity, memory or cognitive problems, and the need for additional support from family or caregivers.  

Hearing devices are available in a variety of design options and features. We consider the advantages of any given design for different patient needs, and discuss these as part of the selection process. If hearing aids are not the best option, we are happy to provide guidance with regard to the many specially designed assistive hearing devices available today for telephone, television, and music enjoyment. 

To get you started, the following is an overview of the most common hearing device design options:

Invisible/Completely-In-The-Canal (IIC or CIC)

  • For mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Completely invisible in most ears
  • Custom-made for you

Receiver-In-The-Canal/Ear (RIC or RITE)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Leaves the ear open
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling
  • Sleek design barely visible when worn 

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

  • Appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss
  • Custom earpiece is molded to fit your outer ear
  • Discreet design 

In-The-Canal/Ear (ITC or ITE)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Custom made to fit in the ear

To benefit from quality hearing healthcare services, schedule an appointment by calling Erie Audiology at (814) 833-9533 or contact us.