Enjoy our selection
of the most Discreet
and Advanced
Hearing Devices.

Enjoy our selection of the most Discreet and Advanced Hearing Devices.

Which Hearing Device is right for you?

Our hearing specialists can help determine what hearing aid is right for you.
Find out whether a consultation with a hearing professional will help you. Try our online hearing test.

There are two popular models. One style fits behind the ear and the other fits directly in the ear canal. What’s best for you is determined by your level of hearing loss, lifestyle and personal preference.

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One Versus Two Hearing Aids

If you have good hearing in one ear and hearing loss in the other, then one hearing aid is the best option. On the other hand, hearing loss often occurs in both ears. Binaural (two-ear) hearing devices can restore a “stereo” type of sound. They also help listeners in circumstances of high background noise. It used to be that people with hearing loss in both ears were provided with one hearing aid. This would be similar to wearing one lens with vision problems in both eyes. We have two eyes in order to see depth. With one eye we actually see as flat as a postcard. If you cover one eye you might still think you see depth, but that’s only your brain fooling you for the moment. In reality, if you were tested for depth perception, you would not see much with one eye. We have two ears to tell the direction of sounds.

It’s not as simple as saying that the right ear hears from the right and the left hears from the left. The truth of it all is much more beautiful and fascinating than that. Consider that sound travels over 1000 km/hr. Now think about the width of one’s head separating the ears one from another. Now if you are facing some direction and someone speaks to you from your right-hand side, sound will reach your right ear a split second before it gets to your left ear. The sound will also be very slightly louder for your right ear compared to your left ear. It’s these tiny time and volume differences between your ears that tell you what direction a sound is coming from. It’s a truly amazing fact about the wonderful sense of hearing! Needless to say, two ears are better than one.

Instrument Appearance (How Different Can Hearing Aids Be?)

Hearing aid choice is a personal decision, but be sure to connect with a professional while you’re deciding. There’s no sense in settling for anything other than the best when it comes to your hearing. Learn the different styles of hearing aids, such as the all-in-the-ear and behind-the-ear styles. There are numerous types and sizes to choose from. The choice is up to you. You can go with a device that is tucked behind the ear or the device that fits right inside the canal. The important thing is that you’re hearing is improved.

The physical size and shape of your own ear canal will also make a difference as to what style of hearing aid will work best for you. If you have trouble using your fingers or grasping small objects then a smaller hearing aid will be harder to operate and remove from your ear. You may be better off with a larger model. Find out which style suits you best. Call to set up a visit at one of our many clinic locations or enjoy a virtual consultation from the comfort of your home with one of our Hearing Professionals with our Virtual Hearing Consultation in British Columbia. 

IIC: Invisible In Canal

Most suitable for first-time and experienced wearers with moderate hearing loss. This style of custom made hearing aid sits deep in the ear canal for the lowest profile possible. The CIC aid has an omni-directional microphone, which limits its performance rating to “fair” moderate to high background noise situations. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options limited.

CIC: Completely In Canal

This custom made hearing aid is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss; an excellent alternative to behind the ear styles for the athletically active individual. The CIC aids are equipped with an omni-directional microphone, which limits its performance rating to “fair” in moderate to high background noise situations. These aids use #10 disposable batteries, the smallest battery available. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options limited.

MC: Mini-canal

Custom built hearing aid style suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss, only slightly larger than the CIC design. These aids use #10A disposable batteries, the smallest battery available.
Equipped with directional microphones, this aid is the highest performer (in the #10 battery segment) in moderate to high background noise situations. These aids use #10A disposable batteries, the smallest battery available. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

IIC: Invisible In Canal

Most suitable for first-time and experienced wearers with moderate hearing loss. This style of custom made hearing aid sits deep in the ear canal for the lowest profile possible. The CIC aid has an omni-directional microphone, which limits its performance rating to “fair” moderate to high background noise situations. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options limited.

CIC: Completely In Canal

This custom made hearing aid is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss; an excellent alternative to behind the ear styles for the athletically active individual. The CIC aids are equipped with an omni-directional microphone, which limits its performance rating to “fair” in moderate to high background noise situations. These aids use #10 disposable batteries, the smallest battery available. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options limited.

MC: Mini-canal

Custom built hearing aid style suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss, only slightly larger than the CIC design. These aids use #10A disposable batteries, the smallest battery available.
Equipped with directional microphones, this aid is the highest performer (in the #10 battery segment) in moderate to high background noise situations. These aids use #10A disposable batteries, the smallest battery available. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

ITC/ITE: In The Canal/In The Ear

Custom built hearing aid style most suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss.  The ITC aid is most commonly ordered with a 312 battery size, while the ITE comes with the larger #13 battery for performance ratings of “good” to “excellent” in moderate to high background noise situations. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

ITC/ITE: In The Canal/In The Ear

Custom built hearing aid style most suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss.  The ITC aid is most commonly ordered with a 312 battery size, while the ITE comes with the larger #13 battery for performance ratings of “good” to “excellent” in moderate to high background noise situations. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

RITE: Receiver In The Ear

These hearing aids are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss, with a wide range of power options available, transmitting sound to the ear via a coated wire to a receiver (speaker) in the canal. This hearing aid design is available in the small #10 battery option, and upwards to the #312 and #13 battery size. These hearing aids are equipped with directional microphones, giving them “good” to “excellent” performance rating in moderate to high background noise situations. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

BTE: Behind The Ear

Suitable for moderate to profound hearing loss. Available in both thin or standard tube solution. These hearing aids are equipped with directional microphones, giving them “good” to “excellent” performance rating in moderate to high background noise situations, and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

RITE: Receiver In The Ear

These hearing aids are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss, with a wide range of power options available, transmitting sound to the ear via a coated wire to a receiver (speaker) in the canal. This hearing aid design is available in the small #10 battery option, and upwards to the #312 and #13 battery size. These hearing aids are equipped with directional microphones, giving them “good” to “excellent” performance rating in moderate to high background noise situations. Remote control and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

BTE: Behind The Ear

Suitable for moderate to profound hearing loss. Available in both thin or standard tube solution. These hearing aids are equipped with directional microphones, giving them “good” to “excellent” performance rating in moderate to high background noise situations, and Bluetooth connectivity options available from most manufacturers.

Extended Wear

Lyric is a hearing aids that can be worn around the clock for months at a time without taking it out, even when sleeping, exercising or even showering (limitations apply-see your Lyric professional provider). Lyric must be installed in your ear by a certified Lyric provider.

Extended Wear

Lyric is a hearing aids that can be worn around the clock for months at a time without taking it out, even when sleeping, exercising or even showering (limitations apply-see your Lyric professional provider). Lyric must be installed in your ear by a certified Lyric provider.

Custom Earpieces

Are you having trouble keeping your Bluetooth earpiece or your iPod earbuds in your ears? We also offer custom made earpieces that can keep your device in place while you are on the go! Experience improved comfort and sound quality with all of your personal listening devices.

Custom Earpieces

Are you having trouble keeping your Bluetooth earpiece or your iPod earbuds in your ears? We also offer custom made earpieces that can keep your device in place while you are on the go! Experience improved comfort and sound quality with all of your personal listening devices.

Hearing Protective Devices

Hearing Protective Devices, Sleepers, Musician Plugs, and Swim Molds

We offer custom hearing protective devices (HPDs) to help you preserve your hearing in the presence of loud sounds or to protect your ears while swimming. Specialty HPDs are also available for musicians and hunters. In addition, custom sleepers are available to reduce unwanted noise while at rest.

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