Hearing Aid Options

Hearing aids are available in a number of different formats, each with its own advantages. Determining the right hearing aid format for you requires that we first understand your lifestyle as well as your hearing loss. For example, some smaller hearing aids are very comfortable to wear but may not be compatible with more severe hearing loss. Others provide the clearest audio quality but may be more delicate and more easily damaged. No hearing aid format is worse than any other - it's just a matter of finding the right fit.

RIC hearing aid

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

The receiver is placed entirely inside the ear canal. The amplifier and microphone are stored behind your ear. They offer excellent audio quality and are very comfortable to wear, though they are less well suited to severe or profound hearing loss and are more delicate than some other devices. Most hearing aids fit by Advanced Hearing Healthcare are RIC models.

CIC hearing aid

Completely-in-Canal (CIC)

Placed entirely in your ear canal, which means they are some of the most discreet available. Only a small cord to place or remove the hearing aid is visible. Custom-made to fit your ear. They are better for mild to moderate hearing loss.

ITC hearing aid

In-the-Canal (ITC)

Similar to CIC, but slightly more visible and extending slightly farther from your ear canal. They're also best suited for mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

Still subtle and discreet, but more visible than either CIC or ITC. Because these are larger and have a different design, they are more suited for moderate to severe hearing losses, which may be prone to feedback (the "squealing" or "whining" sound hearing aids may emit) if worn with the smallest hearing aid styles. ITE is a good compromise for people who want a discreet hearing aid but have more severe hearing loss

BTE hearing aid

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

All components of the hearing aid are housed in the device that sits behind your ear, with a tube that directs sound toward your ear. These are particularly well suited for severe to profound hearing loss or for small ear canals, and many models have external buttons you can use to change the volume.

IIC hearing aid


Contrary to what you might assume, custom-made hearing aids aren't any more expensive than non-custom models. Some hearing aids do not require customization, while others (such as CIC) must be made from a custom mold of your ear.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers

Advanced Hearing Healthcare is an independent practice, which means we are free to choose the right hearing aid for each patient, regardless of manufacturer. No manufacturer is necessarily better or worse than others. It all depends on the patient's hearing loss and lifestyle. Major differences across the hearing aid brands generally have to do with level of technology, which is also the main cause of price differences.

We carry all major manufacturers: ReSound, Oticon, Widex, Starkey, EarQ, Signia, and Phonak.

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Because Dr. DiRenzio has been in the hearing industry for so long, she has seen great advances in technology that have revolutionized hearing aids, especially in recent years. Most high-end hearing aids allow for Bluetooth connections, whether that means streaming phone calls or music from your mobile phone or listening to television audio directly in your hearing aids. Some of our favorite new technologies include:

  • Oticon Opn S is different because according to the Juul Jenson 2018 Oticon Whitepaper, it is the first device to deliver speech understanding on par with normal hearing. This means you can take a more active part in difficult listening situations and understand more with less effort. You can feel at ease in any setting, whether it is a busy restaurant or an event with multiple speakers. Now, you can thrive in noisy environments, just like people with normal hearing! Additional features include:
  • ReSound LiNX Quattro uses the full microphone range, letting sound to be processed in a cleaner way, free of distortion. From the bustling streets to the quiet living room, conversations are easier to focus on. The LiNX Quattro gives you a large range of sounds and access to subtleties in tone that were previously unavailable to you.
  • Widex Custom is an in-the-ear hearing aid made to fit your ear perfectly. Battery changes are easy with the well-designed battery door, and with fully customized controls, you can easily adjust the settings of your hearing aids in whatever manner suits you best.
  • Phonak SoundRecover is an innovative technology that works to help you better hear and understand sounds that occur at high frequencies, where many people with hearing loss have greater difficulty. SoundRecover uses a sophisticated algorithm to move these sounds from high frequency to a lower frequency that you'll have an easier time understanding, without causing problems from overlapping sounds or feedback from having the volume turned up too high. It's an incredibly effective way to improve your hearing and for you to speak more clearly, since you'll be able to hear these frequencies in your own voice as well.

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41 B New London Turnpike
Glastonbury, CT 06033

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Branford, CT 06405

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Branford, CT 06405
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