Hearing Aid Styles
There are many different styles of hearing aids. The degree of the hearing loss, individual lifestyle, size and shape of ear canal, manual dexterity abilities, cost factors, and cosmetic concerns are all factors that will help to determine which style of hearing aid is best for you. Most hearing aids are Blue-Tooth compatible and can be used to stream phone conversations, music and television directly to your hearing aids.
IIC: Invisible-In-The-Canal units are the new wave of hearing aids. They are virtually invisible in the ear and are the smallest hearing aids. IICs are most appropriate for individuals with a mild hearing loss.
CIC: Completely-In-the-Canal units are one of the smallest hearing aids. CICs are most appropriate for individuals with a mild to moderate hearing loss.
ITC: In-The-Canal units fit in the ear canal. These require good dexterity to control the volume wheels and other controls on the faceplate. They are smaller than ITEs. ITCs can only be used by people who have mild, moderate and severe hearing loss.
ITE: In-The-Ear units are the largest custom made style, and fits completely in the outer ear. It is easy to operate. ITEs can be used for mild, moderate and severe hearing loss.
BTE: Behind-The-Ear hearing aids are the largest hearing aids and they are very reliable and durable. BTEs rest on the back of your ear, and are connected to the ear canal via a tube that is part of an earmold. The earmold is custom made from an ear impression. Individuals with a wide range of hearing losses can be fit with BTE hearing aids.