What Types Of Hearing Aids Are There?

In-The-Ear Or Behind-The-Ear?

This how hearing aids are fundamentally split.

It’s fairly self-explanatory - they are either placed behind the ear or inserted in the ear.

Each of these different types can be split into further sub-groups.



Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids (BTE hearing aids)


As the name suggests, these hearing aids sit behind your ear. The size and style of the aid depends upon the type. Whilst BTE aids are not as discreet as in the ear (ITE) aids, they are powerful so are ideally suited for those with moderate or severe hearing loss.


Here are the main advantages of Behind-The-Ear hearing aids:

  • They are the easiest style of hearing aid to physically handle.
  • They have larger, longer lasting batteries than ITE models.
  • They suit almsot all levels of hearing loss (mild, moderate & severe).
  • The shell colour can be adjusted to match your hair or tone of skin.


Behind-The-Ear (BTE) and mini Behind-The-Ear (mBTE)

Suitable for: Mild, moderate or severe hearing loss

About BTE hearing aids: Fitting behind the ear, these are very versatile because the larger capacity of the casing means the possible processing power can vary greatly. The mini version is simply smaller and less noticeable than the regular version.


Receiver-In-canal (RIC) and mini Receiver-In-Canal (mRIC)

Suitable for: Mild, Moderate or severe hearing loss

About RIC hearing aids: Similar to the above style, only in this case a transmission wire connects the shell to the receiver meaning the outer shell can be smaller and less noticeable.

Because the receiver is housed in a custom ear mould, they allow for better sound control as well. The mini version is simply smaller than the regular version, making them even less noticeable.



Inside-The-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE hearing aids)

As the name suggests, these hearing aids sit in your ear. The extent they do this depends upon the particular type of ITE hearing aid and there are several styles to choose from. ITE aids are very discreet and can be almost invisible, but are more suited to those with mild or moderate hearing loss. These small, virtually invisible hearing aids are our most popular hearing aid range.


Here are the main advantages of In-The-Ear hearing aids:

  • They range from being discreet to being virtually invisible when worn.
  • They are more convenient for those wear glasses
  • The can be custom fitted to suit your exact ear shape.
  • Less chance of feedback.


In-The-Ear (ITE)


Suitable for: Best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss

About ITE hearing aids: All of the circuitry is housed in a custom ear mould, making them even less noticeable than the round the ear styles above. These are best for those with limited dexterity owing to their size and simple control.




In-The-Canal (ITC)

Suitable for: Mild to moderate hearing loss. Some may be able to be used by those with severe hearing loss.

About ITC hearing aids: Even smaller than in-the-ear aids, these are custom made to fit in your ear canal which means they are not very conspicuous.



Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

Suitable for: Mild to moderate hearing loss

About CIC Hearing aids: Custom made and placed into the ear canal itself, these aids are hard to notice so they are ideal for those looking for a cosmetically appealing hearing aid. Those with narrow ear canals may not be suitable candidates to use a CIC hearing aid.



Invisible-in-canal (IIC)

Suitable for: Mild to moderate hearing loss

About IIC Hearing Aids: Housed deep inside the ear canal, these are completely invisible which means no one will know that you are using hearing aids. Although their processing power isn’t as much as an outside the ear aid, because they are positioned so close to the ear drum they lower the chance of sound distortion.



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