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Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing Aid Styles

Today’s hearing aids are incredibly advanced and come in a variety of styles. Different styles of hearing aids are better suited for varying degrees of hearing loss and can each house different levels of technology to help you hear better. Discover more about each of the different styles of hearing aids and how each one could help you.

Styles of Hearing Aids

Behind-the-Ear (BTE): As the name suggests, BTE hearing aids are designed to rest comfortably behind your ear. A small, clear, plastic tube transfers sound from the device to a tiny speaker or custom ear mold that sits in your ear canal. This is the most common style of hearing aid and is ideal for moderate to severe hearing losses.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC): These also rest behind your ear, but their sound receivers sit within your ear canal instead of inside the device unit. The part behind your ear contains the technology that processes the sounds. RIC hearing aids make a great option for mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-Ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are designed to rest completely inside your outer ear. To ensure the devices are a perfect fit, a mold will be taken of your ear. These are typically used for mild to severe hearing losses.

In-the-Canal (ITC): ITC hearing aids sit almost completely inside your ear canal and are designed to be less noticeable than other styles. ITC also use a custom mold of your ear canal to ensure a perfect fit. These come in a variety of colors and are a good custom-fit choice for mild to mildly severe hearing losses.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC): Extremely small, CIC hearing aids are comfortably molded to sit fully inside your ear canal, making them nearly invisible. CIC hearing aids are used to help with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Invisible-in-Canal (IIC): IIC hearing aids are the smallest, most discreet hearing aids made. This custom-fit style is inserted in the second bend of the ear canal, so it’s completely invisible when worn. These are a good option for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Which Style Fits You Best?

There are many styles and types of hearing aids available today. Many of them have automatic controls, Bluetooth connectivity, rechargeability, and background noise reduction. A certified hearing healthcare professional will help you find the right hearing aid for your exact hearing loss, lifestyle, and hearing needs. Hearing specialists are knowledgeable about the different types of hearing aids and will be able to help you find a device that will help you hear better.

If you are interested in trying hearing aids, contact your local hearing specialist today. They will be able to test your hearing and help you find the right style of hearing aid to address your specific hearing needs. Don’t let hearing loss prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest, give hearing aids a try today!


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