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Hearing Aid Styles

There are many options when it comes to choosing the correct Hearing Aid for you and your lifestyle.

Which style is best for you?

 With the help of our Professionals, We will help you choose which style will statsify your needs! 

Styles of Hearing Aids

In-The-Ear Style

Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a 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 Hearing Aid

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.

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CIC Hearing Aid

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.

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Mini ITC

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.

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ITE Hearing Aid

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.

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 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.

RIC Hearing Aid

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.

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BTE Hearing Aid

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.

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