Hearing Aid Styles
There are many types of hearing aids available; many different colors as well, including beige, brown, red and blue. The type of hearing aid we recommend for you will be determined by several factors:
- Your degree of hearing loss
- The power and features required
- Your manual dexterity and your ability to “work with” the device
- Your budget
- Your cosmetic concerns
Feel free to browse through the most common styles below.
In-the-Ear units are probably the most comfortable, the least expensive, and the easiest to operate. They are also the largest of the custom-made styles.
In-the-Canal units are smaller and a little more expensive than ITEs. They require good dexterity to control the volume wheels and the other controls on the faceplate.
Completely-In-the-Canal units are the tiniest hearing aids made. They usually require a “removal string” due to their small size and the fact that they fit so deeply into the canal. CICs can be difficult to remove with the pull string. CICs do not usually have manual controls attached to them because they are too small.
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing aids are a 100% invisible when worn. This type of hearing aid sits deep in the ear canal ensuring sound travels quickly and accurately to your eardrum. These 100% invisible hearing aids are designed for daily removal.
Receiver-In-Canal, also known as Open Fit hearing aids use a tiny casing and a nearly invisible slim tube. Open fitting offers a cosmetically appealing option without that “plugged-up” feeling. They are lightweight with a transparent earbud, which replaces the need for a custom earmold.
Behind-the-Ear hearing aids are the largest hearing aids and they are very reliable. BTEs have the most circuit options and they can typically have much more power than any of the custom-made in-the-ear units. BTEs are the units that “sit” on the back of your ear. They are connected to the ear canal via custom-made plastic tubing. The tubing is part of the earmold. The earmold is custom-made from an ear impression to perfectly replicate the size and shape of your ear.