Types of Hearing Aids

Whether you want a small device that integrates the latest technology or would rather have a more basic model that’s easy to use, there’s a hearing aid for every budget and lifestyle.

Hearing aid technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, and for individuals who are just now exploring their options for the first time, the amount of styles on the market may seem overwhelming. Our practice only partners with the leading brands in the hearing aid industry to ensure that you have access to devices that are high-quality, comfortable, and affordable.

Hearing Aid Styles

The hearing aid industry offers patients more options than ever before, yet all devices find themselves in one of two categories: Behind-the-ear (BTE) and In-the-ear (ITE). Keep reading to learn about these styles and discover which design might work best for you.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Sitting behind or on top of the outer ear, a BTE design utilizes a tube that connects to an ear mold or tip inside of your ear canal. With the widest selection of colors, sizes, features, degrees of power, and battery types, BTE’s are so small that they are often unnoticeable to others. Some of the various BTE styles include:

Mini BTE:

The smallest BTE option on the market, a Mini BTE creates a natural hearing experience through a soft tip at the end of its tubing. This encourages airflow and sound to enter into the ear along with amplified sounds.

Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or Receiver-in-canal (RIC):

A speaker built into the ear tip instead of the body of the device is what makes RITE hearing aids different. Their size is like that of a Mini BTE and they are nearly invisible to others. Mini RITE’s are also an option.

BTEs with Earmolds

Patients can enjoy more features and a longer battery life with a BTE with Earmold. It uses a custom-shaped earmold at the tip of its tubing, directing sound straight to the ear canal. These devices are slightly larger and use a shape that follows the contour of your ear.

In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

Instead of resting behind the ear, ITE hearing aids sit inside of the ear using an impression for a custom fit. We offer many types of ITE styles including:

Invisible in-the-canal (IIC):

Sitting deep within the ear canal, IIC devices are the smallest hearing aids on the market and are nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Completely in-the-canal (CIC):

These devices are slightly larger than the IIC yet are still quite discreet. CIC hearing aids fit inside of your ear canal in a shallower fashion than other styles.

In-the-canal (ITC) or Half Shell:

Patients looking for features like volume control, directional microphones, and a larger battery will benefit from an ITC device. These typically sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl and are slightly larger than a CIC.

In-the-ear (ITE) or Full Shell:

Best for individuals with more severe hearing loss, an ITE device fills the entire outer bowl of the ear. Patients can enjoy advanced features like volume controls and longer battery life due to their larger size.

Which Hearing Aid is Right for You?

With the ever-growing list of options these days, selecting the best hearing aid for your needs can seem daunting. Many factors will be considered before determining the best model of hearing aid for you, such as:

  • Your unique hearing ability
  • Lifestyle requirements
  • Budget
  • Preferences for specific features and styles

At Hearing Concepts, we’re experts at making this an easy and straightforward process so you can find a hearing aid that best suits you.

The first step to finding the right hearing aids for you comes with a hearing evaluation. It’s our goal to reconnect you with the world again and provide clear hearing day in and day out.

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