Hearing Aid Styles

All hearing aids consist of three basic components: a microphone, an amplifier, and a receiver. Where these are placed on the device varies by style, as does the internal circuitry, but in the end their function is the same: to amplify sounds. The style of hearing aid you choose is largely a personal decision based on a number of factors, including lifestyle needs and cosmetic preference. Keep in mind that not all styles are suitable for all degrees of hearing loss.

The different styles of hearing aids include:

Completely In the Canal (CIC)

CIC
  • Contained in a tiny case placed in the ear canal means reduced wind noise
  • Virtually undetectable
  • For mild to moderate hearing loss

In The Canal (ITC)

ITC
  • Fits in the ear canal
  • Offers a variety of technology level choices that previously required a larger aid
  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss

Invisible In the Canal (IIC)

IIC
  • Custom-molded and completely invisible in most ears
  • Smaller size means less power consumption
  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss

Receiver In The Ear (RITE)

RITE
  • Fits directly into external ear
  • Easy to insert and adjust
  • For those with mild to severe hearing loss

Behind The Ear (BTE)

BTE
  • Popular all-around choice for almost all types of hearing loss
  • Custom earpiece is molded to fit your outer ear
  • Discreet design

Open Fit

RITE
  • Very similar to BTE devices but smaller
  • Designed especially for those with high frequency hearing loss
  • For mild to moderate hearing loss