Hearing Aid Styles

  • Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

    Behind-the-Ear (BTE) This hearing aid is traditionally the most powerful and rests on the back of the outer ear. Overview: Types of Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids Structure of a BTE Hearing Aids Other Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids The most familiar hearing aid style, Behind-The-Ear (BTE) aids, are housed in a durable case that rests on the back of the outer ear. These aids are suitable for the widest range of hearing loss, including profound hearing loss. While the larger size BTEs allow for more power and features, the smallest ones, mini BTEs, are practically invisible when worn. Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are versatile devices suitable for a wide range of hearing loss, and are available in various sizes. The smaller BTE options are virtually “invisible” as they disappear behind the ear. With the BTE models, sound is transmitted into the ear through a very discreet tube, which leads into a customized earmold. Because they are larger, BTE models have more space for electronic components than other types of hearing aids, giving them more room to house additional features and deliver advanced performance for a wider range of hearing loss types. Additionally, BTEs are comfortable, easy to mold, and easy for caretakers to assist with and maneuver.

  • Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)

    Types of Hearing Aids Receiver-in-canal (RIC) Hearing Aids Sleek and light. Receiver-in-canal hearing aids are similar to BTEs in that the shell sits behind the ear, however, RICs are smaller and more discreet. They have a tiny wire that connects the shell tothe hearing aid receiver, which is housed in a dome or custom ear mold in the ear. This creates a very natural listening experience and better sound control than a BTE. Almost all levels of loss can be treated with a RIC hearing aid. Natural sound Hear as you should Sounds tend to be clearer and more intact with RIC hearing aids, as the speaker rests closer to the ear canal. And distancing the speaker from the microphone minimizes another common complaint: feedback.

  • In-the-Ear (ITE)

    In-the-ear hearing aids (ITEs) include all hearing aids that are worn entirely in the ear (rather than behind it), including in-the-canal (ITC), Completely-in-Canal (CIC) and invisible-in-canal (IIC). Overview: Types of In-the-Ear Hearing Aids ​In-the-Ear (ITE) In-the-Canal (ITC) Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) In the ear hearing aids can also mean the larger one-piece hearing devices pictured here. These aids fill the entire bowl of the ear and house all components in this single, custom-fitted piece. In-the-Ear Hearing Aids Compare models Discreet and barely visible from the outside Suitable for people who wear glasses More comfortable to wear during sports & activities Disadvantages Only suitable for those with mild or moderate hearing loss Can create “plugged up” feeling Susceptible to moisture

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