Hearing Aid Styles

There are several styles of hearing aids. The style is decided based on type of hearing loss, severity of hearing loss, and preference. Every manufacturer’s hearing aids look slightly different. Here we are using the Phonak product line to visualize the styles.

 

IN THE EAR STYLES

Invisible-in-Canal (IIC):

The IIC hearing aid is worn completely in the canal of your ear.  It is almost completely invisible. It is smaller than a CIC hearing aid. There is no piece that sits behind your ear.

 

Completely-in-Canal (CIC):

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The CIC hearing aid is worn in the canal of your ear.  It is almost invisible. It is smaller than an ITC hearing aid. There is no piece that sits behind your ear.

 

In-the-Canal (ITC):

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The ITC hearing aid is worn in the canal and is made smaller than an ITE style aid.  There is still a visible portion of the hearing aid that sits in the bowl of your outer ear. There is no piece that sits behind the ear.

 

In-the-Ear (ITE):

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The ITE hearing aid is worn in the ear and fills the bowl of the outer ear.  There is no piece that sits behind the ear.

 

BEHIND THE EAR STYLES

Receiver-in-Ear (RIC):

The RIC style hearing aid is worn on/behind the ear. The hearing aid is attached to a small wire surrounded by tubing. At the end of the tubing is a speaker covered with a squishy dome which is placed into the ear canal.

 

Over-the-Ear (OTE):

This style has many names (over the ear, slim tube BTE, open fit, and more) but described a hearing aid that sits on/behind the ear but does not have a speaker in the ear, and does not have a custom earmold. The hearing aid is attached to a small thin tube.  On the other end of the tubing is a squishy dome which is to be placed into the ear canal.

 

Behind-the-Ear (BTE):

The BTE style hearing aid sits behind-the-ear.  Tubing connects the hearing aid to a custom earmold which is placed in the ear.

 

Power Behind-the-Ear (BTE-P):

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The Power BTE style hearing aid sits behind-the-ear.  Tubing connects the hearing aid to a custom earmold which is placed in the ear. This is for profound hearing losses.

 

 

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