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Technology Connecting You to the World



Styles of Hearing Aids

There are three main styles of hearing aids that you can choose from today: Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC), Behind-the-Ear (BTE), and In-the-Ear (ITE). Choosing which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you depends on your type of hearing loss and lifestyle needs.

Receiver-in-the-Canal Hearing Aids

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are a discreet hearing aid option that sits behind the ear. The case behind the ear holds the hearing aid’s microphone(s), battery, and other components. A small, nearly invisible tube connects the case of the device to the receiver that sits inside the ear canal. RIC hearing aids come in a variety of colors and can treat nearly all levels of hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid

The Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are similar to RIC hearing aids with the battery compartment, microphone, receiver and digital controls sitting behind the ear. Because some BTE models can house larger batteries for greater amplification and the speakers in BTE models are also located in the casing behind the ear, BTE models are typically larger than RIC models. When sound is captured by the BTE hearing aids, it travels into the wearers ear via a thin tube to a flexible ear dome or custom earmold. The casing that sits behind the ear can be purchased in various colors to match the wearer’s skin tone, hair color, or fashion choice. The BTE style is available in power levels suited for those with mild to profound hearing loss.

In-the-Ear Hearing Aids

In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids sit inside of the canal in a lightweight plastic shell. ITE hearing aids can be custom fit to the outer portion of the wearer’s ear with the use of an ear impression. There are also In-the-Canal (ITC) options that are more discreet, fitting inside the ear canal with a smaller portion visible in the outer ear. The Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) option is even smaller and hardly visible to someone looking at the wearer’s ear, with a fully Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) also an option. ITE and ITC hearing aids are made for mild to severe hearing loss, while CIC and IIC are made for mild to moderate hearing loss.