Each pair of ears is unique to the person they belong to. And while standard hearing aids are made to fit “off the shelf”, they may still be uncomfortable for the wearer. Although standard hearing aids can be customized in terms of fitting and programming, the device itself may not be designed for a patients particular needs.
Why Custom Hearing Aids?
All of our custom hearing aids are meticulously crafted to fit perfectly inside your ear. To accomplish this, we take an impression of your ear and mold the hearing aid to exactly fit your ear shape. The process of making a mold is quick and painless, and will be done while you are in the office. Having a custom fitted hearing aid results in a more natural sound, a more comfortable fit, and a more freeing lifestyle.
Different types of custom hearing aids exist. Here at the VEI Hearing Center, we offer:
IIC Hearing Aids
Stands for Invisible-In-Canal. These hearing aids are completely invisible in the average ear. They are generally recommended for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. IIC hearing aids tend to feel and sound more natural, because they are placed deep into the ear canal. They help improve the
occlusion effect that many people suffer from when wearing hearing aids that take up a considerable amount of space in the eardrum. The occlusion effect is described as the feeling that your voice is too loud, hollow-sounding, or boomy in your heard; chewing also tends to sound uncomfortably loud or odd. CIC Hearing Aids
Stands for Completely-In-Canal. These are generally recommended for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. They are similar to the IIC hearing aid. However, the CIC hearing aids are not placed as deeply into the ear canal as the IIC hearing aids are. You can still be assured that only a tiny portion, the removal handle, will be visible outside of the ear canal.
ITC Hearing Aids
Stands for In-The-Canal. These hearing aids fit snugly in your ear canal. A small portion of them will still be visible in the outer ear. They are generally recommended for mild to mildly severe hearing loss. They are medium sized, which allows for more immediate control with the use of additional features. Additions such as directional microphones and volume wheels can be placed on the body of the hearing aid. This style is slightly larger than the IIC and CIC styles.
Half Shell Hearing Aids
Hearing aids that take up the lower half of the outer ear bowl. They are generally recommended for mild to severe hearing loss. These are not as aesthetically pleasing as the hearing aids that sit directly in the canal. However, they include more controls and provide a longer battery life. Features such as directional microphones and volume wheels can be added to allow you more control over your hearing.
Full Shell Hearing Aids
Hearing aids that take up the entire bowl of the outer ear. They are generally recommended for mild to severe hearing loss. These are the largest hearing aids we offer. They are visible externally, but offer the most features. A larger battery for longer battery life is also included.
We also offer power mold products. If you would like to inquire about a custom hearing instrument please call or email us at
804.287.4200, or send a message from our contact page.