Hearing Aid Buying Guide

If you think you need hearing aids, our Nanaimo hearing clinic is ready to help. We carry the most popular brands, models and styles of hearing aids so you can find something to fit your hearing needs within your budget.

We know the process can be daunting because of how much choice and variety there is when it comes to hearing aids, but we can recommend the best hearing aids for you depending on the severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle and your budget. Want to know more about hearing aids so you can make an informed decision? Read on to find all the information you will need.

Hearing Aid Technology

There are different levels of technology available in hearing aids with the highest level of technology including things like machine learning, the clearest sound quality, and the ability to filter out background noise.

In addition, you can also choose hearing aids with technological features like the following:

  • Bluetooth hearing aids

    You can connect and stream sound from devices like your smartphone, music player, and more directly to your ears.

  • Made for iPhone hearing aids

    Connect directly to your iPhone™, iPad™, iPod Touch™, or Apple Watch™.

  • Rechargeable hearing aids

    You can set the hearing aids into a charging station so you don’t have to fiddle with small batteries.

  • Invisible hearing aids

    Smaller hearing aid models that fit inside your ear, so no one can see that you are wearing aids require more advanced technology to provide clear sound and sufficient battery life.

  • Digital hearing aids

    New and innovative hearing aids digitizes the sounds that it receives before amplifying it into your ears. It makes it easier to dampen background noise so it doesn’t interfere with any conversation or TV show you’re trying to listen too.

Types of Hearing Aids

There are several types of different hearing aid styles available that are made for most types of hearing loss. Each hearing aid style has its own style, so when someone is diagnosed with hearing loss there is a style that suits their hearing and lifestyle best.

These are some of the different styles of hearing aids that we may recommend.

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In addition, you can also choose hearing aids with technological features like the following:

  • Behind the Ear (BTE)

    Behind-the-ear hearing aids are the most common style that you will see people wearing. They are the largest size of the other styles, but while it makes them more visible it also allows them to be more powerful. We prescribe them to people with moderate to severe hearing loss, which is why they are more common. However, people with mild hearing loss can still choose them as well if they prefer how it sounds.

  • Receiver in Canal (RIC)

    Receiver-in-canal hearing aids will look similar to the BTE style. The main difference is that the housing of the device is smaller, and the receiver is inside the ear canal instead of behind the ear.

    RIC hearing aids still capture sound in the housing that sits behind your ear, but it is sent to the receiver in your canal. It can have a much better sound quality and also looks more discrete thanks to the smaller size of the housing. It can be used by anyone with mild to severe hearing loss.

  • Receiver in the Ear (RITE)

    Receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids are very similar to the RIC style. However, the receiver sits just outside of the ear on the hollow next to the canal instead of being inside it. It is meant for people who have more severe hearing loss but still want something less noticeable than BTE hearing aids.

    The suitability of RITE hearing aids can depend a lot on the shape of your ear, as well as the exact severity of your hearing loss.

  • In the Ear (ITE)

    Receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids are very similar to the RIC style. However, the receiver sits just outside of the ear on the hollow next to the canal instead of being inside it. It is meant for people who have more severe hearing loss but still want something less noticeable than BTE hearing aids., with no part of the device sitting behind the ear.

    ITE hearing aids require a custom shell to fit the natural shape of the ear, with the housing of the device containing all of the electronic components. It can help people with most levels of hearing loss.

  • Completely in Canal (CIC)

    Completely-in-Canal hearing aids are a more discreet version of the ITE style. It has a smaller housing unit that is fitted completely within your ear canal. How visible it is will vary between individuals depending on the shape of your ear.

    CIC hearing aids are made to be fully automatic. That way, you do not have to constantly remove the device from your ear in order to make adjustments to the volume or settings.

  • Invisible in Canal

    Invisible-in-canal hearing aids are the smallest style of hearing aids. It is placed further into your ear than the others so it is impossible for anyone to tell you are wearing them unless they look directly into your ear.

    IIC hearing aids need to be custom fitted so they fit properly in your ear which helps them use your ear’s own shape to localize sound making it more natural. They are mostly meant for people who have milder hearing loss.

  • CROS Hearing Aid

    CROS hearing aids are meant for people who are deaf in one ear, but have normal hearing in the other ear. The CROS hearing aid goes in your deaf ear and picks up sound from your surroundings that gets transmitted over to a hearing aid on your other ear. That way you can hear all the sounds around you.

    BiCROS hearing aids are similar, but meant for people who are deaf in one ear and have some hearing loss in the other ear. In this case, the one CROS hearing aid feeds another hearing aid on your other side, which itself is used to receive and amplify sound for that ear.

    Both CROS and BiCROS hearing aids are available in both In-The-Ear (ITE) and Behind-The-Ear (BTE) styles.

Hearing Aid Brands

There are many different hearing aid brands and manufacturers that you can choose from. Each brand will have the same styles and technology mentioned above, but with their own models. At Calvori Hearing, we can prescribe and sell hearing aids from any of the major manufacturers in Canada, including Widex, Signia, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak hearing aids and more.

What’s the price?

Your budget is sometime to consider when shopping for hearing aids. Hearing aids can seem expensive, but we do everything we can to try and help make them more affordable. The difference between the cheapest and the most expensive hearing aid can be thousands of dollars.

We understand that the cost is one of the main concerns for people when they are considering purchasing hearing aids, that’s why we do everything we can to help, including:

  • Discounts — we regularly have discounts available on certain hearing aid models that makes it easier to afford them.
  • Free hearing aid demo — you can try certain hearing aid models before you buy them.
  • Payment plans — we offer the ability to split the cost into smaller and easier to manage monthly payments, including a 0% interest plan with no extra cost.
  • 60 day return policy— if you realize within 60 days of buying any hearing aids from us that they aren’t for you, you can return them for a full refund.
  • Third-party eligibility — you may be eligible for coverage through WCB, DVA, NIHB, or Supplemental Health.
  • Private insurance — your private or work health insurance may help cover some of the cost of your hearing aids.

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110 – 2124 Bowen Rd.
Nanaimo, BC

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