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HEARING AID PERFORMANCE

The technology inside the hearing aid is what makes the difference. The more advanced and sophisticated the technology, the richer and more rewarding your hearing experience will be but it comes at a higher price.

Which Performance Level is Right for You

Hearing aid manufacturers generally have three-to-four performance levels across their range of hearing aid models.

The performance level chosen will depend on your hearing loss, your listening needs, your lifestyle and most importantly your budget.

Environment Versus Performance Level

Below are examples of environments and situations different hearing aid performance levels best operate in. Our audiologist takes into consideration your lifestyle when recommending which hearing aid is best suited to your needs.

  1. Features

  2. Entry Level

    $995 – $1200

  3. Essential

    $1500 – $2200

  4. Advanced

    $2200 – $3500

  5. Premium

    $3500 – $5000

  6. Designed for people with quiet lifestyle.

  7. Designed for people who socialise once a week and mainly operate in quiet environments.

  8. Designed for active lifestyles with frequent communication.

  9. Designed for active and social lifestyle, where speech needs to be enhanced in dynamic environments

  10. One-on-One conversations

  11. Watching TV

  12. Theatres, lectures and movies

  13. Mobile phone

  14. Small group conversations

  15. Busy restaurants

  16. Large gatherings | Big crowds

  17. Parties

  18. Work

  19. In significantly challenging, noisy environments such as shopping centres and outdoors.

    Entry Level

    $995 – $1200

    Designed for people with quiet lifestyle.

    One-on-One conversations

    Watching TV

    Theatres, lectures and movies

    Essential

    $1500 – $2200

    Designed for people who socialise once a week and mainly operate in quiet environments.

    One-on-One conversations

    Watching TV

    Theatres, lectures and movies

    Mobile phone

    Advanced

    $2200 – $3500

    Designed for active lifestyles with frequent communication.

    One-on-One conversations

    Watching TV

    Theatres, lectures and movies

    Mobile phone

    Small group conversations

    Busy restaurants

    Premium

    $3500 – $5000

    Designed for active and social lifestyle, where speech needs to be enhanced in dynamic environments

    One-on-One conversations

    Watching TV

    Theatres, lectures and movies

    Mobile phone

    Small group conversations

    Busy restaurants

    Large gatherings | Big crowds

    Parties

    Work

    In significantly challenging, noisy environments such as shopping centres and outdoors.

HEARING AID STYLES

All manufacturers have a similar range of hearing aid styles, from those worn on your ear to styles that fit inside your ear.  Differences between manufacturers are size of the device and colour options available across the models.

The audiologist will advise you on a style based on combination of personal preference, along with the best style suited to your hearing loss and ear canal shape and size.

  1. IIC – Invisible in Canal

  2. CIC – Completely in Canal

  3. ITE/ITC – In the Ear

  4. RIC – Receiver in the Ear

  5. BTE – Behind the Ear

    • Very discrete
    • Fits deeper within ear canal
    • Suitable for mild to moderate loss
    • Custom moulded
    • Sits in the ear canal, some discretion
    • Suitable for mild to moderate loss
    • Custom moulded
    • Sits in outer ear
    • Host extra features due to larger size
    • Custom moulded
    • Worn behind the ear, most common style
    • Near invisible when worn
    • Provides for most natural sound
    • Suitable for all hearing loss levels
  6. Worn behind the ear Larger device to help with limited dexterity Suitable for all hearing loss levels, incl profound

    IIC – Invisible in Canal

    • Very discrete
    • Fits deeper within ear canal
    • Suitable for mild to moderate loss
    • Custom moulded

    CIC – Completely in Canal

    • Sits in the ear canal, some discretion
    • Suitable for mild to moderate loss
    • Custom moulded

    ITE/ITC – In the Ear

    • Sits in outer ear
    • Host extra features due to larger size
    • Custom moulded

    RIC – Receiver in the Ear

    • Worn behind the ear, most common style
    • Near invisible when worn
    • Provides for most natural sound
    • Suitable for all hearing loss levels

    BTE – Behind the Ear

    Worn behind the ear Larger device to help with limited dexterity Suitable for all hearing loss levels, incl profound

Contents

  • HEARING AID PERFORMANCE
  • Which Performance Level is Right for You
  • Environment Versus Performance Level
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