We are committed to sourcing the very best hearing aids & devices, along with providing an excellent lifetime aftercare service.

We offer a 30 day, no-obligation, FREE trial on all our hearing aids.
Pinder Eyecare & Hearing Clinic is independent from all the major suppliers of hearing aids.  However, we have access to all the main manufactures and offer all types of hearing aids and assisive listening devices.

There is a huge choice of hearing aids and assistive listening devices in the market today, which can be daunting for someone if they have never used such a device before. Once our Hearing Aid Dispenser has gathered enough data, we will take you step by step through all the options to help you make an informed decision.

Together we look at what is best suited for you and your lifestyle.

Hearing Aid Types

Hearing aids come in two basic types and many different styles.

  • In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids
ITE aids are worn in the ear canal and are usually custom-fit, based on an impression that is taken by your hearing care professional at the time of your hearing aid consultation. These styles are typically available in different skin tones to blend with the outer ear. Some types of ITE hearing aids fit very deeply within the ear canal, while others are closer to the outer ear.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
BTE aids sit behind or on top of the outer ear with tubing that routes the sound down into the ear canal via a custom-fit earmold or a dome style that doesn’t block the entire ear canal opening. BTE styles are available in different colors to match hair or skin tone, as well as flashier designs for personalised flair.

Hearing Aid Styles

In-the-ear styles

  • Invisible in the canal (IIC)
  • Completely in the canal (CIC)

IIC and CIC styles are the smallest and most discreet hearing aids available. "Invisible in the canal" IIC styles are as described—virtually invisible. A wearer places them very deeply in the ears, and they must be removed by tugging on a small pull-out string. "Completely in the canal" CIC are very similar, but don't sit quite so deeply within the ears.

These styles are typically fit for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Because of their small size, they don’t usually come with any manual controls, like volume wheels or program buttons.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids
ITC hearing aids sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than IIC and CIC styles, they tend to have a slightly longer battery life and can fit a wider range of hearing losses. Their size also allows them to host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments and manual controls, like a volume wheel, if desired.

Low-profile hearing aids
Low-profile hearing aids are similar to ITC styles, and range from half-shell designs that fill half the bowl of the outer ear to full-shell designs that fill almost the entire outer ear bowl. Like ITC styles, low-profile designs are large enough to feature directional microphones and manual controls, such as a volume wheel and a push-button for changing programs. The size of a low-profile style makes it desirable for people with dexterity issues because it is easier to handle than the smaller sizes.

Behind-the-ear styles

Receiver in the ear (RITE)
One of the most popular hearing aids styles are what's known as either "receiver in the ear" (RITE) or "receiver in canal" (RIC), depending on the manufacturer. But they essentially mean the same thing—an open-fit hearing aid style that has the speaker built into an insertable ear dome, instead of the main body of the hearing aid. In other words, the speaker of the hearing aid rests in the ear canal, but the microphone and processor sit in a tiny case behind the ear. They are connected by a thin wire. This style of hearing aid tends to have above-average sound quality and is made by all major hearing aid manufacturers.

If it gets damaged, the speaker portion of the hearing aid that fits in the ear can often be replaced at the hearing aid clinic, instead of having to be shipped off to the manufacturer for repair.

Behind-the-ear with earmould
BTE styles that come with earmoulds can fit any type of hearing loss, from mild to profound. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can generally house more features, controls and battery power than any other style of hearing aid. A BTE with earmold style is commonly used for children because the BTE can be reprogrammed as needed and the earmold can be replaced as the child grows.

What is the best hearing aid for me?

When it comes to hearing aids, there are multiple features and styles available to suit different hearing loss needs. It’s important to consider a number of different things when selecting the right style to fit your needs.

Whether it’s tiny Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC) aids or the most up to date digital models that are Bluetooth synced to all your devices, including smart phones, we will have a  device that will suit your requirements.  

When looking at the different hearing aids and options available, your individual needs are crucial.  You may want to give some thought to your lifestyle, the features you would like, and the look you would prefer.  All hearing aids are programmed to the individual’s type of hearing loss, and can be adjusted when required.

The cost of our hearing aids start from £1295 per pair.

Give us a call at Shawlands 0141 649 4897 or Burnside 0141 647 6655