Hearing Aid Styles

A Doctor of Audiology will recommend one or more hearing aid styles based on  your level of hearing loss, aesthetic preferences, lifestyle needs and budget. 

Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)

This custom-fitted style is inserted farther into the ear canal than other styles, so it’s completely invisible* when worn. IIC hearing aids are designed to be removed daily to promote good ear health. For mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

CIC hearing aids are custom-made to fit completely in your ear canal. Only the tip of a small plastic “handle” shows outside the canal, which is used to insert and remove the instrument. For mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-The-Canal (ITC)

ITC hearing instruments are custom-made to fit in the ear canal with a smaller portion of the hearing aid showing in the outer ear. For mild to mildly severe hearing loss

In-The-Ear (ITE)

ITE hearing instruments are custom-made to fit within the outer portion of the ear. For mild to severe hearing loss.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)

Barely visible when worn, the RIC style is an instrument in which the receiver, or speaker, is inside the ear canal. Thin electrical wires are used instead of a plastic acoustical tube, reducing distortion. RIC hearing aids provide a comfortable, open fit. For mild to moderate hearing loss.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

The BTE hearing aid houses its hearing technology in a casing that rests behind the ear. A clear plastic acoustical tube directs amplified sound into an earbud or a customized earmold that is fitted inside the ear canal. For moderate to severe hearing loss.

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