You will have many great options for excellent hearing aids with modern hearing technology. Style, features, overall performance, cosmetics and price will all be important considerations. We will help you navigate through the hundreds of options easily and get you to the most intelligent decision for you.

We only work with digital hearing technology, so we can program the hearing aids for your best performance. Digital technology ranges from basic to advanced to premium levels with various features to each level. This, of course, will vary the associated price. Generally, hearing aids will cost from $2,000-5,000 in club marts to $3,500-8,000 in independent clinics and franchises. At Harris Hearing, you’ll save up to 60% off local and national prices. We offer a range of high quality digital and Bluetooth hearing aids. Layton and Ogden residents may choose from basic to entry-level to advanced or premium level.

At Harris Hearing, since we own the manufacturing and wholesale to other hearing aid companies, we can wholesale directly to the public and literally save you thousands of dollars off the most advanced hearing technology in the world. We work with the very best technology companies in the world for digital circuits, microphones, speakers/receivers and all other needed parts. We have had close relationships with these companies for over 20 years. We can introduce cutting edge technology often times a year ahead of the market for our efficiency of incorporating it into our product line up.

While there may hundreds of options, there really are a few main features to consider:

  • Level of sophistication of sound processing and sound quality.
  • Manual, automatic or remote controlled volume
  • Background noise reduction technology
  • Feedback cancellation technology
  • Medical conditions (if any)
  • Cosmetics
  • Budget
  • Power level for severity of loss
  • Skin sensitivities/allergies

Styles of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today’s hearing aids are considered sleek, compact, and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.

In-the-Ear Styles

Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. Clients can get invisible hearing aids in different skin tones, whether they’re from Ogden, Layton or Murray, Utah. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.

Invisible In-The-Canal (IIC)

The smallest custom style, IIC instruments sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

The smallest custom style, CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal as they’re nearly invisible when worn.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.

Full Shell or In-the-Ear (ITE)

Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles, and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear Styles

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones) whether patients in Salt Lake City need smaller ones to look inconspicuous, we have them. While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.

Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear, and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild to moderate high frequency losses.

Receiver in the ear (RITE)

RITE models, also known as RIC (receiver-in-canal) models, are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.

BTE with earmold

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features such as a program button and volume control. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.

Visit our office in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Utah to find out more about the products we offer, including the Siemens hearing aid some Utah residents prefer.

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