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There are not a lot of differences between hearing aids when it comes to understanding speech better in a one-on-one situation. Particularly in a quiet situation. In-order-to answer this question properly, 3 pieces of information need to be identified.1. What is your Word Recognition Score? Your Word Recognition Score is a percentage of correct words that you get when you are tested at an audible level. If you have a low percentage correct score, then you will likely receive similar results from even the most expensive hearing aid... Read more
I believe these are important questions addressed between you and your audiologist. There are many variables that make decisions like this such as your type/degree/configuration of your hearing loss, your sensitivity to loudness, your previous amplification use, etc....I would recommend you discuss this with an experienced, trusted audiology professional to help guide you as you make important decisions for your best hearing. It is true that some individuals perceive RIC's as sharper or more harsh as compared to more traditional behind-the-ear... Read more
Without consulting in person by examining your test results, discussing your preferences or seeing your ear canal, the most likely answer to your question is yes. Behind-the-ear hearing aids have more power because of the amplifier size but because the microphones are separated farther from the receiver/output, you can likely achieve higher gain without as much risk of feedback. In addition, with the components behind your ear there may be more room for additional accessories such as Blue-tooth antenna, etc...Behind the ear technology often has... Read more
To clarify, "in the ear" (ITE) typically describes any "custom" hearing aid in which an ear-mold impression is taken and the entire hearing aid is encapsulated inside of it. Basically, anything that is not a "Behind the Ear" (BTE) hearing aid. That being said, there are many ITE hearing aids that can reach a profound high frequency loss, but I'm assuming you're probably referring to a small invisible or near invisible device. The "invisible" ITE, usually known as an Invisible in Canal (IIC) hearing aid, is most likely out of the question. All of... Read more
You might be able to get away with power dome tip. However, the most appropriate coupling would be a custom power shell that is encased in the receiver wire. I use them all the time with very good success. They are comfortable and can come in acrylic or soft materials as well.