Hearing Aid Styles

Whether you prefer the small, effective, but discreet hearing aids or whether the larger and easier to handle but not as discreet devices are better for you, we offer an entire range of options in hearing aids.

When Selecting A Style The Following Is Considered:

  • The degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations
  • Lifestyle and listening needs

Styles of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today’s hearing aids are considered sleek, compact and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
Hearing Aid Style - Invisible in-the-canal (IIC)

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Completely invisible in most ears
  • Custom-made for you

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

  • Appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss
  • Custom earpiece is molded to fit your outer ear
  • Discreet design

There are several benefits of this type of hearing aid. Since the devices are large and fairly robust, they are less fiddly and easier to use. This is very important for seniors or those with limited motor abilities or poor eyesight.

Behind the ear devices are less prone to breakdowns and are less likely to require repairs. The receiver-in-canal devices tend to come into contact with some of the ear wax and moisture while the behind the ear varieties do not. If you’re researching open fit hearing aids in Charlotte, another aspect to take into account is the batteries, which are larger and longer lasting for behind the ear devices.

Hearing Aid Style - Behind the ear (BTE)
Hearing Aid Style - Receiver in-the-canal (RIC)

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Leaves the ear open
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling
  • Sleek design barely visible when worn

The sleek and discreet design is the chief plus-point of the receiver in the canal type of hearing aids. They are ideal for people with mild to moderate hearing loss who would rather not advertise to the world that they need to use a hearing aid.

High-pitched sounds are very well amplified and users of this type of hearing aid report excellent results even over prolonged use. This type of hearing aid is also very comfortable for the user because it leaves the ear canal open. This also reduces feedback and produces a more natural sound.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

  • For mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Virtually undetectable
  • Placement within the ear cuts down on wind noise
Hearing Aid Style - Completely in-the-canal (CIC)
Hearing Aid Style - In the canal (ITC)

In-the-Canal (ITC)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Fits in the ear canal
  • Variety of technology level choices that previously required a larger aid

Half Shell In-the-Ear (ITE)

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Fits directly into the external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease
Hearing Aid Style - Half shell in-the-ear (ITE)
Hearing Aid Style - Full Shell in-the-ear (ITE)

Full Shell In-the-Ear (ITE)

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Fits directly into the external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease