Hearing Aid Styles

Today’s hearing aids are not all the same. They come in various shapes and sizes. The choices you have may seem overwhelming, so we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right style for you. Whatever is most important to you (comfort, ease, aesthetics, cost, etc.), we have something for everyone.

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Custom Choices


in-the-ear hearing aids
An ITE sits flush with the outer ear bowl. It has more room for manual controls and can accommodate a severe hearing loss if necessary. For those who find handling small devices a challenge, this style is generally easier to use.

ITC style
ITCs are a bit smaller than ITEs, making them a bit less visible. Manual controls are still able to be used on this style. This style can accommodate a mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

completely-in-the-canal
CICs are very small and fit deep in the ear canal, making it seem ‘invisible’. While a very discreet style, it does have limitations due to its size (shorter battery life, comfort, being prone to wax/moisture damage, limited manual control). Depending on ear anatomy, the CIC can fit a mild to severe hearing loss.

IIC Style
An IIC is the smallest style available. It sits invisibly beyond the second bend of the ear canal. The benefits and disadvantages are the same as the CIC. The IIC is designed for a mild to moderate hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear Styles

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) devices sit behind or on top of the outer ear. Tubing or wiring routes sounds down into an ear dome or earmold that is placed in the ear canal. BTEs come in different colors to blend in with hair or skin tones as well as bright colors for those who wish to show them off. Generally, BTEs can accommodate more features, controls, and power than custom styles.


Behind the ear
These devices sit behind or on top of the outer ear. Tubing or wiring routes sounds down into an ear dome or earmold that is placed in the ear canal. BTEs come in different colors to blend in with hair or skin tones as well as bright colors for those who wish to show them off. Generally, BTEs can accommodate more features, controls, and power than custom styles.

Receiver in canal
RICs are small BTE style devices that have the speaker (receiver) placement in the ear canal. They can be used with a small rubber ear dome or a custom earmold. RICs are designed to fit from a mild to a severe hearing loss.

behind the ear with earmold
This are suitable for a range of hearing losses, from mild to profound. It is perfect for children, whose ear shape and size will change as they grow. It’s also recommended for those who may experience frequent ear drainage, heavy perspiration or heavy build-up of wax in the ear, since the electronics are housed BEHIND and not IN the ear canal.

CROS and BI-CROS Solutions


CROS
CROS hearing system is needed when you have single-sided deafness (SSD).

BI-CROS hearing aids
BI-CROS system is used when you have SSD and some degree of hearing loss in your BETTER ear. The devices look like ‘regular’ hearing aids (custom and behind-the-ear models are available) but the sound is routed wirelessly from the deaf ear to the better ear, allowing you to hear sounds from both sides again.

 

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