Hearing Aid Styles

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Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing instrument styles differ in their appearance and how they fit on and in your ears and offer different advantages depending on the design, size and technology. Most styles are available in a wide range of colors to suit your needs. You and your hearing healthcare professional can help you choose the style that’s right for you.

Open behind-the-ear (BTE)

  • Small BTE hearing aid attaches to a slim tube which directs sound into the ear
  • “Open” type of fitting is very comfortable and discreet and has a more natural sound with less occlusion (“blocked ear” feeling)
  • Suitable for mild to moderate high-frequency hearing losses

Receiver-in-canal (RIC)

 
  • Ultra-small, lightweight, behind-the-ear (BTE) style that sits snugly behind the ear and connects to the ear with a nearly invisible thin tube
  • Tiny speaker in the ear canal delivers quality sound
  • Benefits include more natural sound and less occlusion (“blocked ear” feeling) than a traditional BTE

Micro-completely-in-the-canal (micro CIC)

 
  • Smallest custom hearing aid available
  • This tiny ultra-comfortable in-the-ear solution fits deeply inside the ear canal making it hidden from sight.
  • Since the microphone is at the opening of the ear canal, this style provides a more natural sound quality
  • Suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing losses

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) 

 
  •  Smallest custom hearing aid available, the CIC fits deeply inside the ear canal making it almost invisible and very discreet
  • Since the microphone is at the opening of the ear canal, this style provides a more natural sound quality
  • Suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing losses

Half shell (ITE)

 
  • Custom-made to fit securely in your outer ear, ensuring optimum performance and maximum comfort.
  • Suitable for mild to severe hearing losses

Full shell (ITE)

  • Custom-made to fit securely and comfortably in the outer ear making it more suitable for people with dexterity challenges
  • Larger in size than the half shell and are suitable for mild to severe hearing losses
  • Accommodates larger batteries required for longer
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