Budget Hearing Centers in Bloomington, MN
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10800 Normandale Boulevard, Suite 103M | Bloomington, MN 55437
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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10800 Normandale Boulevard, Suite 103M
Bloomington, MN 55437

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Call to Schedule an Appointment

10800 Normandale Boulevard, Suite 103M
Bloomington, MN 55437

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Call to Schedule an Appointment

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Different technologies (analogue, digital, programmable, rechargeable, remote control) and other features and options are available in the styles below…

Hearing aids come in two general categories, Behind-The-Ear (BTE) and Custom. Within these categories are sub-categories, each containing individual features and capabilities to aid with different types of hearing losses. Below is a summary of each of the different types of Behind-The-Ear and Custom hearing aid styles.

Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids

These type of hearing aids, also known as non-custom, are now more popular than ever due to the reduced size and increased capabilities. Ranging from very powerful full-size aids to virtually invisible mini aids, the BTE style hearing aid covers all types and degrees of hearing loss. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other unique 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). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

Mini BTE

Available in two sub-categories Slim Tube and RITE (Receiver-In-The-Canal) or more commonly referred to as RIC (Receiver-In-Canal). Slim Tube sends sound through a hollow tube, keeping the receiver in the hearing aid body. The RIC produces sound close to the eardrum by placing the receiver at the end of the tube. Ric’s are by far the most popular hearing aids prescribed today.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 312 or 10

Mini Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

Mid-size BTE offers all the features available including Direct Audio Input (DAI) and has room for manual volume and environmental program controls. The amount of hearing loss will determine if an Open-Fit tube or custom ear mold should be used.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 312 or 13

Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

Full-Size BTE

For severe to profound hearing loss these powerful hearing aids are the answer. They offer a wide range of features and manual controls. A custom ear mold made from an impression of the ear is required for this class of BTE hearing aids.

Hearing Loss: Severe to Profound
Battery Size: 13 or 675

Custom Hearing Aids or In-The-Ear

Hearing aids are no longer one-dimensional instruments that all look the same. Today’s digital devices are available in a wide range of sizes and styles. You can even find them in colors other than beige! Regardless of your type of hearing loss, you are sure to find a style perfectly suited to your lifestyle needs, cosmetic preferences and budget.

Custom Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

CIC and Micro-CIC (Completely-In-the-Canal)

CIC hearing aids are the smallest, custom hearing instruments sold mainly due to the discreet fit they offer. The standard CIC hearing aid can contain a push button for programs. The Micro-CIC does not contain any manual controls. A remote control should be added.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 10

CIC hearing aids in Bloomington, MN

ITC (In-The-Canal)

ITC hearing aids are generally used for people that want some manual control of volume and/or environmental programs in the smallest size possible.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 312

ITC Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

Half-Shell

Half Shell hearing aids are about a third smaller than ITE (below) and have the capacity to be almost as powerful with nearly the same fitting range as an ITE. Some ear shapes are much better than others for this style so it may not be an option for all users. These hearing aids commonly come equipped with manual volume and environmental controls.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 312 or 13

Half-Shell Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN

ITE (In-The-Ear) or Full Shell

These are the largest sized custom hearing aids with the capacity to be the most powerful. ITE hearing aids commonly have controls for volume control and environmental program selection, as well as possible directional microphone, directly on the aid. 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.

Hearing Loss: Mild to Severe
Battery Size: 13

Full Shell Hearing Aid in Bloomington, MN


What is the best hearing aid for me?

Selecting and understanding what hearing aid is the right fit for you can be challenging. That’s why we created this flow chart to help first-time hearing aid users or individuals in the market for a new device figure out which hearing technology might be the best fit.

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. With eight of the largest manufacturers products encompassing over 350 different hearing aids to choose from, this can be a dauntless task without a professional advising you.

At Budget Hearing Centers we take into consideration what you feel comfortable with but also what you need! We are confident you will be happy with your outcome.

This Chart May Give You Some Additional Information!

Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
Hearing Aids in Bloomington, MN
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