Type of Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids are available in a variety of styles designed to meet different cosmetic preferences and address different hearing loss needs. Your hearing care professional can help you identify which hearing aid styles are appropriate for your specific needs.
Reciever-In-The-Canal (RIC)

Reciever-In-The-Canal (RIC)

  1. Available in mini or micro sizes
  2. All components except receiver contained in a case worn behind the ear
  3. Sound directed into the ear canal through receiver unit
  4. Can be fit with standard domes or custom earmolds
  5. Virtually unnoticeable when worn
  6. For mild to severe hearing losses
  7. Variety of color options available
BTE

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

  1. For mild to profound hearing loss.
  2. Larger two - piece hearing aid.
  3. All components contained in a case that is worn behind the ear.
  4. A hard - molded plastic case is worn behind the ear, and a custom - fit earmold extends into the ear.
  5. May be barely visible depending on case color and earmold color.
CIC

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

  1. For mild to moderately - severe hearing loss.
  2. Very small one - piece hearing aid.
  3. All components contained in a custom - fit, hard - molded plastic shell.
  4. Fits inside the ear canal.
  5. Barely visible or not visible at all in the ear canal.
Invisible Styles (IIC- Micro CIC)

Invisible Styles (IIC- Micro CIC)

Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC) hearing aids go even further to stay out of sight—literally.

Like Canal-style Hearing Aids, these tiny instruments are custom made to fit inside your ear canal. However, IIC devices sit beyond the second bend of the canal. Because they're deeper in the ear, they're not at all apparent; IIC devices typically come in shades to mimic the shadows of the ear.

  1. Invisible-in-the-Canal Features:
  2. Custom fit
  3. Virtually invisible
  4. For mild to moderate hearing losses
  5. Dark color designed to blend with the shadows of the ear
ITC

In-the-Canal (ITC)

  1. For mild to moderately - severe hearing loss.
  2. Small one - piece hearing aid.
  3. All components contained in a custom - fit, hard - molded plastic shell.
  4. Fits outside the ear canal.
  5. Slightly visible in the ear.
ITE

In-the-Ear (ITE)

  1. For mild to severe hearing loss.
  2. Larger one - piece hearing aid.
  3. All components contained in a custom - fit, hard - molded plastic shell.
  4. Fills the entire bowl of the ear.
  5. Visible in the ear.
MC

Mini-Canal (MC)

  1. For mild to moderately - severe hearing loss.
  2. Small one - piece hearing aid.
  3. All components contained in a custom - fit, hard - molded plastic shell.
  4. Fits mostly in the ear canal and extends slightly outside of the ear canal.
  5. Barely visible in the ear.
HS

Half Shell (HS)

  1. For mild to severe hearing loss.
  2. Larger one - piece hearing aid.
  3. All components contained in a custom - fit, hard - molded plastic shell.
  4. Fills a portion of the bowl of the ear.
  5. Visible in the ear.
Open-Ear (OE)

Open-Ear (OE)

  1. For mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.
  2. All components contained in a case that is worn behind the ear.
  3. A hard-molded plastic case is worn behind the ear, and a clear, thin tube extends into the ear canal.
  4. Barely or not at all visible.

Optional Features

Telecoil

A telecoil is designed for telephone use. It prevents feedback (whistling sound) that typically occurs when the Hearing Aids microphone is covered (e.g. when the telephone headset is placed over the hearing aid).

Directional Microphone

A directional microphone is built into the Hearing Aids and helps emphasize sounds coming from in front of the hearing aid and de - emphasize sounds coming from behind the hearing aid. Since most conversations occurs with the listener facing the speaker, the assumption is that the speech will be coming from in front of the hearing aid and noise will be coming from behind the hearing aid.

Memory Button

The memory button allows the user to change between the listening programs that the hearing care professional has programmed into the hearing aid.

On/Off Switch

The on/off switch allows the user to turn the Hearing Aids on or off without having to close or open the battery door on the hearing aid.

Volume Control

The Volume control (available on select models) allows the user to adjust volume of the aid manually to fit the listening environemnt