Hearing aid styles

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A hearing aid to fit your style

As independent hearing aid clinics, we can provide choices from a variety of globally recognized, quality hearing aid brands. Hearing aid styles recommended to you by the Hearing Instrument Specialist are based on your lifestyle, the type and extent of your hearing loss, the size of your ear canal, and how well you can handle small objects.

Many hearing aid styles now come with advanced connectivity, allowing you to stream sound from your TV, cellphone, tablet, and other Bluetooth-connected devices right into your hearing aids.

Invisible in the Canal Style

Invisible in the canal (IIC)

About the size of a raspberry, Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) hearing aids are hidden from view yet provide a clear and natural listening experience. An impression is taken of your ear canal and converted into a 3-D computerized rendering. Each component is “virtually” positioned to create the tiniest finished product possible. Your hearing aid is then built and delicately sculpted to match the exact contours of your ear canal for a “made-for-you” shape.

Receiver in Ear Style

Receiver in ear (RIE)

Receiver-in-Ear (RIE) hearing aids are the most popular behind-the-ear style on the market. They address nearly all degrees of hearing loss, offering exceptionally natural sound quality at a discreet size.

RIE style hearing aids can be used with custom-made or standard ear molds, depending on amplification needs. A barely visible casing sits behind the ear, housing the electronics. A narrow transparent tube connects the receiver, which rests in your ear canal.

Microphone in Helix Style

Microphone in helix (MIH)

The ingenious construction of Microphone-in-Helix (MIH) devices takes advantage of your ear’s anatomy to provide the nearest-to-natural sound quality and a nearly invisible appearance. Placing the microphone in the curved portion of your outer ear protects it from wind noise for superior sound.

The main body of this premium hearing aid hides in your ear canal and is custom-shaped to your ear for incredible comfort. The microphone is hidden in the curved groove of your outer ear.

Behind the Ear Style

Behind the ear (BTE)

Easy-to-wear and budget-friendly, Behind-the- Ear (BTE) devices nestle comfortably behind your ear. Ear molds are lightweight and comfortable, making BTE hearing aids easy to wear all day. They assist the entire spectrum of hearing loss.

A transparent tube connects the device to a custom-created ear mold worn in your ear canal. BTE style hearing aids can be used by just about everyone.

In the Canal Style

In the canal (ITC)

A cosmetically appealing, midsized hearing aid, In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing aids offer a secure fit, easy insertion and removal, and longer battery life. They work best for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

They’re custom fit and all components are encased in a lightweight plastic shell with push button controls. Also available in the popular Mini ITC style model.

Completely in the Canal Style

Completely in canal (CIC)

Those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss love Completely-in-the-Ear (CIC) hearing aids. The surprisingly small inside-the-canal design provides improved hearing, with no one the wiser.

They’re custom-crafted from an ear canal impression, creating a perfectly tailored fit. This ensures maximum comfort and sound quality.

Completely in Ear Style

In the ear (ITE)

In-The-Ear (ITE) style hearing devices fill the outer ear cavity (partially or completely). They’re custom manufactured to fit securely and be as aesthetically pleasing as possible. All components are within a lightweight plastic shell, making them simple to insert and remove. Their bigger size accommodates a variety of feature options, including special controls that are easy to adjust.

ITE hearing aids use larger batteries, which can power a bigger receiver. This makes them a superb choice for more serious hearing loss. Larger batteries also last longer and are easier to handle.

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