Hearing Aid Styles

Types of Hearing Aids

behind the ear hearing aidBehind-The-Ear (BTE) instruments are appropriate for hearing losses from mild to profound. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs, telecoil, and Bluetooth® compatibility are available. This instrument style also allows an open fit that increases patient comfort and reduces the “head in a barrel” sensation that often comes from smaller devices that fully obstruct the ear canal.
receiver in the ear hearing aidReceiver-In-the-Ear (RITE) hearing devices are comfortable bcause they keep the ear canal open to reduce any plugged-up sensation. The appropriateness of these hearing devices depends on the patient’s degree of hearing loss. Advanced features may include Bluetooth® compatibility.
A crossover  hearing instrument is an evolutionary design that combines a RITE and CIC. This aid is 40% smaller than the CIC.
completely in canal hearing aidThe Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) hearing instrument is appropriate for patients with a mild hearing loss. The appropriateness of this style depends on the patient’s degree of hearing loss and level of manual dexterity. Available features and options are also limited due to small size.
in canal hearing aidThe In-The-Canal (ITC) style hearing instrument is a smaller model than the full-shell ITE and is appropriate for hearing losses from mild to moderately severe. Features may be somewhat limited due to size. Good manual dexterity is important for this style.
Custom Hearing AidA custom In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing instrument fills the outer portion of the ear. This style is appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses and may include features such as directional microphones, multiple listening programs, a telecoil or Bluetooth® compatibility
Outside-the-box There are even more style & types of hearing aids available. Let EARS Hearing Health Care help find the right one for you.
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