Invisible in-the-Canal (IIC)

Invisible in-the-canal hearing aids sit within the ear canal, making them invisible when viewing the ear from the front and side. These are designed for mild to moderate hearing loss and may require more dexterity and adequate fine motor skills to handle the small size of the device.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC)

The large majority of these hearing aids sit in the ear canal. Similar to the IIC, these devices are still nearly invisible and best for mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

Depending on the shape of your unique ear canal, some of the hearing aids may still be visible to the people around you. These hearing aids are suitable for treating mild to moderate hearing losses.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

Custom-fit to sit in the ear in either a full shell or half shell style, these devices are more visible than in-the-canal options. Their increased size makes them easier to insert and remove than the previous custom styles for patients who struggle with dexterity. The increased size of the device also allows for a larger computer chip to support more technology functions such as wireless programming and Bluetooth streaming as well as treating more severe degrees of hearing loss.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

Currently the most popular hearing aid style, these hearing aids sit the receiver (speaker) inside the ear canal. The rest of the hearing aid sits behind the ear and is connected by a fine wire from the hearing aid to the earpiece. These hearing aids are nearly invisible from the front and side profiles and are mainly only visible when viewing from directly behind. A benefit of this style is that it allows natural sound to still enter the ear.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

An earpiece is placed inside the ear while a small tube connects the earpiece to the body of the hearing aid behind the ear, thereby protecting more fragile components from earwax and moisture. They support all degrees of hearing loss
from mild to profound.

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