Hearing aid styles
There are two main factors to consider when choosing a hearing aid. The style and the technology level inside the hearing aid. The style refers to the form factor (behind the ear, in the ear, and size. These differences typically are cosmetic in nature, however some sizes and types restrict the technology level that can fit into the aid. The technology level refers to the type of internal components housed inside the aid. These include things like the processor and wireless capabilities. We work with you to help decide what level and style will best fit your situation. Some clients enjoy devices that are as simple as possible, while others prefer the most advanced smart phone connected hearing aids. During your visit we are more than happy to discuss and demonstrate the advantages of each option.
Receiver In The Ear (RITE)/ Receiver In Canal (RIC)
Barely visible when worn behind the ear, the RITE/RIC style is an aid that places the speaker inside the ear canal. Typically a thin wire is used instead of a tube for better sound quality and lower visibility. The majority of our clients prefer this style for the mix of sound quality and technology options. Appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind The Ear (BTE)
The hearing aid rests behind the ear. The sound is carried to the ear via a clear plastic tube that is inserted into the canal. The clear tube needs to be replaced periodically to maintain sound quality and proper fit. This aid is appropriate for moderate to severe hearing loss.
Completely In The Canal (CIC)
CIC hearing aids fit completely in the ear canal. Typically a pull tab is included to help with removal from the ear. For mild to moderate hearing loss.
In The Canal (ITC)
ITC hearing aids are custom made and show a different amount of the when worn than CIC. Typically for mild to mildly severe hearing loss.
This custom-fitted style is inserted farther into the ear canal than other styles. Typically is "invisible" when worn. IIC hearing aids typically have fewer technology offerings (such as wireless connectivity and manual controls) due to size limitations. For mild to moderate hearing loss.