There is a wide assortment of hearing aid styles and technologies available in hearing instruments today. The type that is most suitable for you is determined by your degree of hearing loss and your lifestyle. After a complete hearing evaluation, you and your hearing health care provider will discuss the various options that would work the best for you.
Hearing Aid Styles
Open fit – open fit hearing aids are small devices placed behind the ear with a slim tube attached to the device and inserted down the ear canal. They are non-occluding. This style is good for people with a high frequency hearing loss or mild to moderate hearing loss. They help you hear better when background noise is present.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) – sit comfortably behind your ear while amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized earmold that fits securely into your ear. Because they are larger, BTEs can accommodate bigger batteries for longer life and larger amplifiers for maximum amplification. BTEs are suitable for mild to profound hearing losses.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) Micro – sit comfortably behind your ear while amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized earmold that fits securely into your ear. BTEs are suitable for mild to profound hearing losses.
In-the-ear (ITE) – are custom-made to fit securely in your outer ear, ensuring optimum performance and maximum comfort. ITEs are suitable for mild to severe hearing losses.
In-the-canal (ITC) – are custom-made to fit almost entirely inside your ear canal, making them difficult to notice. ITCs are suitable for mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.
Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) – fit deep inside your ear canal so that they’re practically invisible. Benefits include cosmetic appeal, reduced feedback and excellent sound quality. CICs are suitable for mild to moderately-severe hearing losses.