Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing aids come in a variety of styles. At NewSound, our hearing care professionals can help you choose the hearing aid style that is best for you and your lifestyle.
BTE instruments have a plastic casing that rests behind the ear and houses the device’s technology. A clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmold inside the ear canal. Behind-the-ear instruments are often the most durable hearing devices.
Smaller, in-the-ear instruments house their technology components in a custom-formed earmold that fits within the outer portion of the ear. The easy-to-use controls are ideal for those with limited manual dexterity.
In-the-canal (ITC) instruments are smaller still, featuring an earmold that fits down into the ear canal and a smaller portion that faces out into the outer ear. They are discreet, yet partially visible within the outer ear.
These devices fit completely in the canal (CIC). Only the head of a tiny plastic line with which you insert or remove the instrument shows above the canal. Although CIC devices offer aesthetic appeal, the structure of some individuals’ ears (e.g. those with a very narrow canal) may make this style unsuitable for them.
The Receiver-in-canal style places the receiver directly in the ear canal near the eardrum. Microphones and power supply are cased in a sleek instrument worn hidden in the crease behind the ear. An extremely thin transmission wire connects the two components. RICs are virtually unnoticeable on most ears.
These devices are similar to the CIC, but they are housed in an even smaller shell. IICs rest in the second bend of the ear canal, making them invisible when worn.