Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)

Small, discreet and quick to fit. Perfect for first-time hearing aid wearers.

Pros

  • Typically smaller and more discreet than a BTE
  • Can fit “open,” which allows for more natural sound quality of the wearer’s voice
  • Bigger size provides more durability and allows for more features – rechargeable available in select styles

To Consider

  • Quick to fit (can take home the same day)
  • Less discreet than custom styles
  • Speaker is more susceptible to earwax and moisture clogging

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

The world’s most common hearing aid style. Available in standard, mini or power.

Pros

  • Size is easy to hold and adjust
  • Bigger size provides more durability and allows for more features

To Consider

  • Quick to fit (can take home the same day)
  • Available in standard, mini or power

In-The-Ear (ITE)

Custom hearing aid that fits within the outer portion of the ear.

Pros

  • Custom fit to your ear
  • Larger battery provides longer battery life – rechargeable is available in select styles
  • Can include controls for volume and memory that won’t fit on smaller custom hearing aids

To Consider

  • Largest of the custom styles
  • Can be made full or half shell
  • May pick up more wind noise than smaller custom devices

In-The-Canal (ITC)

Custom hearing aid that fits in the ear canal. Smaller portion shows in outer ear.

Pros

  • Custom-fit to your ear
  • Less visible than larger custom styles
  • Can include controls for volume and memory that won’t fit on smaller custom hearing aids

To Consider

  • Second largest custom style
  • Small size may be challenging to wearers with dexterity issues
  • Small batteries require more frequent changing – rechargeable is available in select styles

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

Only the tiny removal handle of the hearing aid shows outside of the ear canal.

Pros

  • Custom fit to your ear
  • Our second smallest custom hearing aid style
  • Less visible than larger custom styles

To Consider

  • Small size may be challenging to wearers with dexterity issues
  • Small batteries require more frequent changing
  • Small size cannot accommodate manual volume or memory controls

Invisible (IIC)

Rest in the second bend of the ear canal where no one can see them.

Pros

  • Custom-fit to your ear
  • The smallest, most discreet hearing aid made
  • Rests deep in the second bend of your ear canal

To Consider

  • Small size may be challenging to wearers with dexterity issues
  • Small batteries require more frequent changing
  • Small size cannot accommodate manual volume or memory controls

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