Styles

There are many different styles of hearing aids available to consumers, from small invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) devices to the durable

Different styles will have advantages over others based on your dexterity, hearing loss, and lifestyle needs in noise.

Not all styles are appropriate or practical for every user.

Work with a qualified audiologist to navigate the pros and cons of different styles relative to your needs is important so that you, as a consumer, are able to make an educated decision weighing all of the choices available to you.

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

  • Most popular style
  • Custom earpieces and non-custom domes are available
  • Appropriate for most hearing losses
  • Discrete
  • Directional microphones and noise reduction features
  • Made-for-iPhone products available
  • Compatible with accessories
  • T-coil/Loop compatible

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

  • Most discrete
  • Custom option only
  • Appropriate for mild to moderate degree of hearing loss
  • No directional microphones for noise reduction due to size of device
  • Higher repair rate due to deep placement and exposure to wax and moisture
  • Limited user controls and accessories available

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

  • Powerful to accommodate severe to profound degrees of hearing loss
  • Durable for children and individuals who produce a lot of earwax
  • Custom earpieces for perfect fit
  • Directional microphones and noise reduction features
  • Made-for-iPhone products available
  • Compatible with accessories
  • T-coil/Loop compatible
  • FM compatible for school and personal systems

In-the-Ear (ITE, ITC)

  • One piece design to fit into the ear
  • Custom option only
  • Appropriate for mild to severe degree of hearing loss
  • Directional microphones and noise reduction features
  • Made-for-iPhone products available
  • T-coil/Loop compatible