Hearing Aid Styles
Invisible in the canal (IIC)
IIC's are inserted deeper into the ear canal than other styles. They are designed to be completely invisible when worn. IIC's are not extended wear but rather designed to be removed when not in use. They are designed for mild to moderate hearing loss and can fit most ear canals.
Individual results may vary based upon the size, depth, and anatomy of the ear canal.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
CIC's are designed to fit completely in the ear canal for a very good cosmetic appeal. They are designed for a mild to moderate hearing loss and I can fit most ear canals. Individual results may vary based upon the size, death, and anatomy of the ear canal.
In the Canal (ITC)
ITC hearing aids are custom-made to fit the ear canal with the face of the instrument extending slightly into the bowl of the ear. With a slightly larger faceplate this instrument has room for two microphones aiding with directionality and the speech understanding in noise. It is designed for mild to moderately severe losses.
ITE's are custom molded to fit the bowl or outer portion of the ear. This instrument has two microphones to help with directionality and speech in noise. It is generally fitted on those that have a moderate to severe hearing loss.
BTE's are hearing aids that fit behind the ear and are coupled to the ear canal by an acoustic tube which is connected to an earpiece. This type of hearing aid is quite versatile but usually reserved for those with moderate to profound hearing loss.
Receiver in Canal (RIC)
RIC's are very versatile hearing aids. The outward appearance is very pleasing and almost invisible in use. They also have a tremendous fitting range from mild hearing loss to extremely deep losses, and are presently the most popular type of hearing aid worldwide. Much of this acceptance is due to its versatility, comfort and reduced voice issues.