Styles of Hearing Aids
Canal Styles (micro CIC/ CIC/ ITC/ ITE)
Canal styles are the smaller size hearing aids. They sit within your ear canals, so they are customized to fit you exactly. A Completely-In-Canal (CIC) device fits the deepest within the canal; a tiny extension cord is used to place and remove the device. In-The-Canal (ITC)/ half shell devices are slightly larger, so they extend farther out but barely noticeable. With an In-The-Ear (ITE)/ full shell model, you will see part of the device's face, depending on the size and shape of your ear. CIC and ITC models are suitable for mild to moderate hearing losses whereas ITE models are suitable for moderate to severe hearing losses.
Behind-The-Ear Styles (BTE)
For users with more severe hearing losses or smaller ear canals, Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are a great solution. All the electronic parts in the hearing aids are placed in the housing that sits behind your ear. A customized earmould and earmould tubing directs sound into your ear. You can easily control volume and select programs on most BTEs. Getting a BTE is the best option for those who need help when fitting their hearing aids. BTEs may be noticeable when worn.
Receiver-In-The-Ear Styles (RITE)/ Receiver-In-Canal Styles (RIC)
Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE), sometimes also called Receiver-In-Canal (RIC). RITE/RIC is similar to BTE but smaller in size because the receiver (or the loudspeaker) is separated from the hearing aid housing. Sound is delivered through a thin wire to the receiver which is directly placed inside your ear canal. You will be able to hear a more discreet sound because the receiver is closer to your eardrum. RITEs are virtually unnoticeable when worn. They are suitable for hearing losses from mild to severe levels.