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Different Types of Hearing Aids

There are many different types of hearing aids available. Which hearing aid is right depends on many factors, including desired features, your ear anatomy, specific lifestyle needs, budget, cosmetic appeal and more. It's best to work with a hearing care professional to determine the right style for you. Give us a call at 888.574.6776 for a free hearing consultation!

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

(The most common style of hearing aid)

The BTE hearing aid is a small, curved case that fits behind the ear with a thin, transparent tube that runs into the ear canal. Newer models are far less visible than previous generation hearing aids. There are different sizes of BTEs, ranging in battery size from 312 to 675.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)

(Small, discreet and quick to fit.)

This is a discreet, comfortable design that is easy to fit. It sits inside the ear canal similar to the BTE. A great choice for those with mild to moderate hearing loss who are sensitive to having things in their ears.

In-The-Ear (ITE)

(Custom hearing aid that fits within the outer portion of the ear.)

Fitting directly into the external part of your ear, their size makes them visible, but it also makes them easier to insert and adjust. ITEs are most helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss. It can have both a volume control and a memory/program button.

In-The-Canal (ITC)

(Custom hearing aid that fits in the ear canal.)

Fitting partially within your ear canal and barely visible, ITCs small size makes them nearly invisible, but adjusting them can be more difficult. Many of these models come with remote controls to make adjusting them easier. ITCs are used for adults with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

(Only the tiny removal handle of the hearing aid shows outside of the ear canal.)

Molded to fit deeply within your ear canal, CICs are the smallest and least visible types of hearing aid. Because they're sheltered within the ear, it helps cut down on wind noise. CICs can help improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

Invisible (IIC)

(Rest in the second bend of the ear canal where no one can see them.)

  • Custom-fit to your ear

  • The smallest, most discreet hearing aid made

  • Rests deep in the second bend of your ear canal


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