Hearing Aid Styles

Styles of Hearing Aids

There are many options when it comes to choosing the correct Hearing Aid for you and your lifestyle.
With the help of our Professionals, We will help you choose which style will satisfy your needs!

Which style is best for you?

In-The-Ear Style

Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on an impression of the ear. Available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.

IIC- Invisible In the Canal

IIC- Invisible In the Canal

The smallest custom style, IIC instruments sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Photo courtesy of Unitron.

CIC- Completely In the Canal

CIC- Completely In the Canal

CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses. These offer high cosmetic appeal because they’re nearly invisible when worn.

Photo courtesy of Unitron.

ITC- In the Canal

ITC- In the Canal

ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.

Photo courtesy of Unitron.

ITE- In The Ear

ITE- In The Ear

Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles, and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild to severe hearing loss.

Photo courtesy of Unitron.


Behind-the-Ear Styles

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even fun designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are ready to show off the cool designs.

RITE- Receiver in the ear aka RIC (Receiver In the Canal)

RITE- Receiver in the ear

RITE models, more commonly known as RIC (receiver-in-canal) models, are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses.

Photo courtesy of Unitron.

BTE with earmold

BTE with earmold

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features such as a program button and volume control. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.

Photo courtesy of Unitron.

Different Levels of Digital Hearing Aid Technology

Basic and Standard Level:
  • Ideal for those with a more quiet lifestyle
  • Ideal for quiet environments
  • May need to manually adjust hearing aids for certain listening situations
  • Limited adjustments and fine tuning
  • Less customizable to patient’s hearing loss
  • Least number of channels
  • Speech clarity works well the most in quiet and semi-noisy environments
Advanced Level:
  • Ideal for those with semi-active lifestyle
  • Ideal for active listening situations
  • Hearing aid is more automatic
  • Manually adjusting the hearing aids may not be required but may help in some listening environments
  • More flexibility with adjustments and fine tuning
  • More customizable and automatic
  • More channels available to customize hearing aids to patient’s hearing loss
  • Delivers better speech clarity in most noisy listening situations
Premium Level:
  • Ideal for those with the most active lifestyle
  • Ideal for those who need to hear well in just about every listening situation
  • Hearing aid has the best automatic feature
  • Hearing aid adjusts automatically, little to no manual adjustments needed
  • Ample of flexibility with adjustments and fine tuning
  • Highly customizable and automatic
  • Has the most channels available to better customize hearing aids to hearing loss
  • May deliver the best possible hearing and speech clarity in even complex sound situations
Basic and Standard Level:
  • Ideal for those with a more quiet lifestyle
  • Ideal for quiet environments
  • May need to manually adjust hearing aids for certain listening situations
  • Limited adjustments and fine tuning
  • Less customizable to patient’s hearing loss
  • Least number of channels
  • Speech clarity works well the most in quiet and semi-noisy environments
Advanced Level:
  • Ideal for those with semi-active lifestyle
  • Ideal for active listening situations
  • Hearing aid is more automatic
  • Manually adjusting the hearing aids may not be required but may help in some listening environments
  • More flexibility with adjustments and fine tuning
  • More customizable and automatic
  • More channels available to customize hearing aids to patient’s hearing loss
  • Delivers better speech clarity in most noisy listening situations
Premium Level:
  • Ideal for those with the most active lifestyle
  • Ideal for those who need to hear well in just about every listening situation
  • Hearing aid has the best automatic feature
  • Hearing aid adjusts automatically, little to no manual adjustments needed
  • Ample of flexibility with adjustments and fine tuning
  • Highly customizable and automatic
  • Has the most channels available to better customize hearing aids to hearing loss
  • May deliver the best possible hearing and speech clarity in even complex sound situations

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