Hearing Aid Styles

Thanks to digital technology improvements in the recent years, hearing aids have improved tremendously in comfort and ability.  Today, they are smaller and more comfortable than ever with sound quality that is more natural than robotic.

Finding one that fits you and works well with you should be easy with all the different styles we offer.

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

The most popular style of hearing aid (about 60 percent of users choose this type), a BTE device is curved to match the contour of the ear and rests directly behind the ear. The housing, which contains all the electronics, is encased in plastic and connects to the ear canal with a thin, clear tube or ear mold. Though more visible than other styles, the BTE is simple to use, making it a popular choice for children. It’s powerful enough for all types of hearing loss.

Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE)

A RITE hearing aid consists of a tiny housing containing all electronics except the receiver, which is positioned behind the ear. A thin tube connects the housing to the receiver, which is worn in the concha (bowl-shaped portion) of the ear. It’s a small and discreet unit but powerful enough for treating mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

In-the-canal (ITC)

This style is also designed to fit in the ear canal, but not as deeply as a CIC device, resting securely in the lower portion instead. It’s a little larger, making it easier to insert and remove and extending the battery life. For patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)

This hearing aid is placed in the ear canal and is the smallest available. It takes advantage of the ear’s natural ability to collect sound, and its discreet size makes the device virtually invisible to others.  The trade-off is a shorter battery life, and it may prove difficult to adjust for those with poor manual dexterity.  This is a good choice for mild to moderate hearing loss.

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