The Different Types of Hearing Aids/Styles - Hear More Associates


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Feeling apprehensive about wearing hearing aids?

Let me reassure you – there’s nothing to worry about. Today’s devices are compact, barely noticeable, and, with the option to personalize them with your favorite color, they’re even considered fashionable. Clunky stereotypical hearing aids are certainly a thing of the past.

There are several types to choose from, but we can’t stress enough how important it is to have your hearing device fitted by a hearing instrument specialist. We’ll factor in your degree of hearing loss, style preference, budget, and lifestyle.

To get started, here’s a short guide that explains the different types of hearing aids.

Invisible-In-Canal – Tiny and discreet

These fit deep into the ear canal, so they’re practically invisible. They are custom-fitted and available in a range of colors. We recommend daily removal to ensure proper hygiene and comfortable wear.

Suitable for: Mild to moderate hearing loss.


Completely-In-Canal (CIC) – Barely visible

Custom-made to fit inside the ear canal, these feature a tiny handle for easy insertion and removal. Only the handle is visible, and only if someone’s really searching for it! These come in a range of colors.

Suitable for: Mild to moderate hearing loss.


In-The-Canal (ITC) – Slightly more visible

This type sits within the ear canal’s opening. However, they can be disguised with skin-colored shades to match your natural ear. They’re easy to insert and remove. Ideal for wearers whose hearing is rapidly diminishing.

Suitable for: Mild to mildly severe hearing loss.


In-The-Ear (ITE) – Worn within the outer section of the ear

ITE hearing aids are molded to custom fit the ear canal’s entrance. Choose from a range of colors or shades to match your skin tone. Provides maximum hearing coverage coupled with ultimate comfort.

Suitable for: Mildly severe to severe hearing loss.


Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) – Easy to fit (and small and discreet!)

This type consists of three parts. The receiver fits within the ear canal and the main unit rests behind your ear. A clear plastic acoustical wire, which reduces distortion, links them together. They are comfortable to wear and are ideal first hearing aids.

Suitable for: Mild to moderate hearing loss.


Behind-The-Ear (BTE) – Most common design, barely noticeable

BTE models are most likely what you think of when it comes to hearing aids, but today’s version is not as intrusive as earlier models – although you can choose different colors if you wish! A customized ear mold, worn inside the ear canal, receives amplified sounds via a clear plastic tube that is connected to a casing that’s worn behind the ear. The casing holds the device’s technology and can be controlled with simple button functions.

Suitable for: Moderate to severe hearing loss


We are happy to answer any questions you have about hearing aids. Understanding what to expect, the benefits of hearing aids, and how to adjust to your new device will make your transition to a hearing aid wearer a positive, life-changing experience.

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Charles Balyozian, BC-HIS

Charlie has been delivering incredible customer service and great value as a hearing instrument provider since 2007. Board-certified in hearing instrument sciences, Charlie provides hearing instruments for seniors, adults, and children. Charlie and his team are committed to doing whatever it takes to help restore your hearing.