Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing aids come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and styles, with many technology and price levels. The first step when buying new hearing aids is the hearing assessment.  Once we know how your hearing is, we can then prescribe the most suitable hearing aids for you.

Here are a some images and descriptions of the different hearing aid styles on the market today, from open fit to invisible hearing aids. Contact us today to discuss your options and to book a free no obligation hearing assessment.

Behind The Ear Hearing Aids

RIC and BTE Hearing Aids
Behind The Ear or BTE hearing aids have their components in a casing which sits at the back of the ear. A piece of tube directs amplified sound through an ear-mould or custom tip which sits inside the ear canal.

BTE hearing aids are very durable devices. They are easy to handle, making them ideal for people with limited dexterity.

Receiver In Canal Hearing Aids

RIC and BTE Hearing Aids

Receiver in the canal or RIC hearing aids use an amplifier in the ear canal, which directs sound from a shell behind the ear through an acoustic tube. Because the shell is behind the ear, there is more room for larger more powerful components giving a clearer more direct sound straight to the ear canal. The a big advantage of RIC hearing aids is comfort, improved sound quality and instant fittings.

In The Ear Hearing Aids

ITE Hearing Aid

In-the-ear hearing aids house their components in a custom made shell that fills the bowl of the ear. Their size makes them easier to handle than some types, making them ideal for those with limited manual dexterity to change their hearing aid settings and volume level.
ITE types can be fitted for a broad range of hearing losses, and can be custom-made using a mould of your ear to give an exact, comfortable and secure fit.

In The Canal Hearing Aids

ITC Hearing AidsITC (In The Canal) hearing aids fit all of their components inside a small shell, which is moulded to the shape of the ear to fit inside the opening of the ear canal. The setting controls and battery drawer face outwards for ease of accessibility, while remaining discreet.

Completely In Canal Hearing Aids

CIC Hearing AidsThese hearing aid devices fit completely inside the ear canal. Only the tip of a tiny plastic line shows outside the canal, which is used to insert and remove the instrument.

The hearing aid components are contained in a small shell which is custom-made to the shape of your ear canal, achieved by using a mould of your ear. This gives outstanding comfort and forms a very close seal against your ear for more efficient hearing amplification.

Invisible In Canal Hearing Aids

IIC Hearing AidsInvisible In Canal (IIC) is the smallest type of hearing aid fitting. It sits comfortably deep inside the ear canal and is completely invisible when worn, even up close. This is because the IIC fits past the second bend in the ear canal thanks to revolutionary modelling techniques and the latest microchip technology, making it smaller and more streamlined than any other type of hearing aid.