Hearing Aids Styles

Better understanding of different styles of hearing aids

Hearing aids have changed a lot

How they look and what they can do are very different than even a few years ago. They have become smaller and more inconspicuous. They have also become smarter as technology advances. The chips and components can be made smaller. More high-tech features can be added. That said, they still come in different styles for different applications and purposes.

Which one is suitable for you?

All types of hearing aids have their own pros and cons. In fact, it would be irresponsible for us to decide which style is the best for you right here.

If someone is telling you to get a certain styles of hearing aids, without even knowing your hearing situation, then they are just trying to push hearing aids sales. We are different. We want to make sure you are getting the ones that is most suitable for you, taking into account both your hearing needs and lifestyle needs.

Let’s look at their differences

Let’s take a look at different styles of hearing aids below to find out more about what makes each type unique. This will give you a better understanding of the options and also make you feel more comfortable when discussing different hearing aids with our audiologist.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) and mini behind-the-ear (mBTE)

In BTEs, the receiver, microphone and amplifier are housed in a shell behind the ear. A clear plastic tube connects the shell to either a plastic dome or a custom earmold in the ear. A larger shell size allows BTEs to hold more circuitry than other styles. Also, they can be fitted for a wide range of hearing losses, and they tend to be very durable. The mini version of a BTE is simply smaller than normal BTE.

Receiver-in-canal (RIC) and mini receiver-in-canal (mRIC)

RICs are similar to BTEs in that the shell fits behind the ear, but RICs are smaller and less noticeable. They have a transmission wire that connects the shell to the receiver, which is housed in a custom earmould or dome-shaped ear bud. This allows for better sound control than a BTE.

In-the-ear (ITE)

ITE hearing aids are custom earmoulds with circuitry bulit-in that fill most of the visible portion of the ear. ITEs are best suited for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. ITEs are ideal for those with limited dexterity because of their size and easy to use controls.

In-the-canal (ITC)

ITC custom-fit hearing aids are smaller than ITEs and are partially visible in the outer ear. ITC devices are best for mild to moderate hearing losses but can be used by someone with moderately severe losses.

Completely-in-canal (CIC)

CIC custom-fit devices fit all the way in the ear canal. They are rarely visible and are therefore cosmetically appealing. Some hearing aid wearers with narrow ear canals may not be candidates for CICs. These tiny hearing instruments are most suitable for mild to moderate hearing losses.

Invisible-in-canal (IIC)

IIC custom-fit devices are similar to CIC, except they fit deeper within the ear canal. They are not visible at all when worn. Like the CIC, some hearing aid wearers with narrow ear canals may not be candidates for IICs. These tiny devices lower the chances of sound distortion by being positioned closer to the ear drum.


Consult our audiologist

As you can see, there are quite a few different hearing aids styles. To be sure which hearing aids would be suited to your needs, why not book a cost-free, obligation-free hearing consultation with Ivory Hearing and let our hearing expert help.

During your consultation, we will do a range of tests to analyse how well you can hear and if applicable, will suggest a suitable hearing aid to allow you to hear with confidence again.

To arrange your appointment, simply complete the booking form with details of your preferred location and date and time if applicable, and we will be in touch with more information.

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