The basic hearing aid styles differ by size, their placement on or inside the ear, and the degree to which they amplify sound.
Hearing Aid Styles: Open or Receiver-in-the-Ear BTE
These hearing aid styles are the latest behind-the-ear style that uses a tiny casing, coupled with anearly invisible slim tube. Open fittings offers a great, cosmetically appealing solution for people who want their hearing aid to work with their life. These lightweight BTE’s have small, transparent plastic domes that replace the custom earmolds, for a hearing aid that you, and those around you, won’t even notice.
Hearing Aid Styles: Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
This type of instrument has two components; the hearing aid and the earmold. The hearing aid is worn behind the ear and connects to a custom-made earmold that fits in the patient’s ear. The earmold is created from an impression of the outer ear and ear canal. The impression is taken in the office and is then sent to the manufacturer for production. BTE hearing aids are suitable for all types and degrees of hearing loss and for persons of all ages. It is the most appropriate style for severe hearing losses.
Hearing Aid Styles: In-The-Ear (ITE)
The entire hearing aid is built into a custom-made shell obtained from an impression of the outer ear. The ITE is most appropriate for mild-moderate hearing losses.
Hearing Aid Styles: In-The-Canal (ITC)
These hearing aid styles are built into a custom-made shell obtained from an impression of the ear canal. This style of hearing aid is most appropriate for mild to moderate losses. While this is one of the smallest hearing aid styles available, it may not be appropriate for certain degrees and configurations of hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Styles: Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)
Like the ITC, the entire hearing aid is built into a custom-made shell obtained from an impression of the ear canal. The difference between the CIC and the ITC is that the CIC fits a bit further into the ear canal and extends deeper toward the eardrum. This aid is often the most cosmetically inconspicuous, but is generally NOT “invisible”. This style of hearing aid is most appropriate for mild to moderate, and sloping high frequency hearing losses.