Hearing Aid Styles
Common Styles of Hearing Aids
There is a wide range of different styles of hearing aid types and styles that are recommended based on the degree, type and severity of hearing loss, the shape of the ear, patient's dexterity, lifestyle and preference in cosmetics.
Invisible-In-The-Ear (IIC) Hearing Aids
The smallest and custom-made hearing aid also known as "IIC"(invisible-in-the-ear) style fits in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are suitable for mild to moderately-severe hearing loss degree. These hearing instruments are customized to the size and shape of a patient’s ear canal.
Completely-In-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids
Completely-in-the-canal or also known as CIC hearing aids are one of the most discreet hearing instruments. They fit deeper in the ear canal, providing speech clarity with less wind interference.
In-The-Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids
In the Canal hearing aid style or also known as the ITC style are fitting securely in the ear canal with a body of the hearing aid slightly larger than the completely-in-the-canal style allowing for easier handling for patients with a dexterity concerns or for patients with a smaller ear canal size.
In-The-Ear hearing aids also known as the ITE are easy to handle and easy to insert or remove from the ear. They can use a battery or can be rechargeable. Most of them can be paired with other Bluetooth devices and stream sound directly to the ear.
Receiver-In-The-Ear (RIC) Hearing Aids
Receiver-in-the-ear style or RIC hearing aids are one the most popular style due to their discreet look, multi-functions and versatility. They can be rechargeable or used with a battery. They are Bluetooth-compatible and very easy to take care of. Some companies (Phonak) carry a completely waterproof option of this style, which is great option for people who love water sports or outdoor lovers.
Behind-The-Ear or also known as the BTE hearing aids are designed for hearing losses ranging from mild to profound degree. They can either come with the ear hook, tubing and earmold or with the receiver in the ear and shell moulded to the ear for a more discreet look. They can also be rechargeable and can be paired with Bluetooth devices for streaming the sound directly to the ear.